[Sca-cooks] Definition of "Period Cooking" was Re: Substitute for Potatoes?
judith at ipstenu.org
Tue Aug 25 05:08:19 PDT 2009
On Aug 24, 2009, at 7:10 PM, David Friedman wrote:
>> Let me clarify my intentions, so that there'll be no more need to
>> create another dead horse just for people like me to beat on. ;)
>> 1. To provide food for myself, my household if I join or form one,
>> and anyone who signs up for my meal plan.
>> 2. To make that food in a way that doesn't violate my religious
>> 3. To make it, as much as possible, with only Period ingredients,
>> but in MY style, because every single cook that ever lived put
>> their own spin on every dish they made, and I'm not going to stop
>> the ongoing tradition of creativity in the kitchen just because I'm
>> choosing to learn about past times and Period ingredient
> This is the part that makes no sense to me. What's the point of the
> arbitrary restriction to period ingredients if you aren't making an
> effort to reproduce a period cuisine? You could easily enough go to
> a modern restaurant, avoid ordering potatoes or tomatoes or squash
> or anything with capsicum peppers in it, and get an equally period
The point is that it's a step further. We all approach our SCA
experience in different ways. This is mine. For someone who's only
been to half a dozen events -- and only one of them in adulthood -- I
think I'm doing okay so far. Do I come off like someone who's been
doing this for ten years and therefore should really be progressing
further by now? Because I'm not. I'm a newbie. Cut a sister some
slack! Hello, newbie alert!
I keep telling people "This is how I feel," and I keep getting
responses that suggest I'm wrong to feel that way. Know what? I'm not.
I feel the way I feel. I may feel differently in ten years, five
years, one year, or even one week. But this is how I feel today, and
the more people argue that I don't or shouldn't feel that way, the
more I feel like digging in my heels and being contrary. Let it go --
I may or may not change my mind about the whole thing. If I do, then
you'll all get your way. If I don't, hey, this is MY SCA experience.
The only requirement is that I make "a reasonable attempt" at medieval
attire. Let it go, people, honestly.
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