[Sca-cooks] "Zakuska" table
Shoshanna at caergalen.org
Mon Feb 23 07:09:22 PST 2009
I should also mention (now that I am not on a hand-held device) that while
> the term itself came into use "out of period" the idea of a Zakuska table is
> quite old.
> When visitors arrived it was always customary - even in the poorest
> families to welcome them with bread and salt. That hospitality morphed into
> providing other items to taste.
> This eventually became elaborate meals before the meal. I'm not sure how
> they managed to keep eating but I'm guessing that without
> TV/DVD/PlayStations, etc. they had much more time to devote to eating and
> I agree that the beverages were/are vodka, coffee and tea. Also, Kvas - a
> lightly fermented drink originally made with leftover bread.
> Yes - we referred to it as a Russian smorgasbord as well as Russian Tapas.
> I was surprised by how many people enjoyed the pickled tongue! I grew up
> with it as a child but I was sure I'd be able to take most of it home
> I love making (as my family would say) "cute food" so I was in my glory
> with the Zakuska table.
> Oh, and for the caviar we served - we went totally anachronistic and used
> "Cavi-Art" a vegan caviar - it was just for affect and it is surprisingly
> "okay" and costs a heck of a lot less!
> On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 6:55 AM, Susan Lin <susanrlin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> sorry, I do not often read email on the weekend.
>> The term "zakuska" became popular as Stefan said in the late 1700 -
>> 1800. It was put out before the meal. It could be a cold table or
>> hot or a combination.
>> As it was described by a Russian friend - it is the meal before the
>> meal. Full of little bites.
>> I used it as a lunch/sideboard so hopefully there would still be room
>> for dinner.
>> I made all sorts of pickled things as well as soups and hot items.
>> I'm happy to share the menu should anyone like.
>> On 2/22/09, Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com> wrote:
>> > Bear replied to me with:
>> > <<< What's a "Zakuska" table?
>> > Stefan >>>
>> > It's a snack table or smorgasbord. The word derives from the Russian
>> > verb
>> > "zakusit'," "to take a small bite." It's unclear just when the practice
>> > developed, but I suspect the modern Zakuska table dates from the 18th
>> > Century when Russia began to embrace European modernity.
>> > Bear
>> > ----------
>> > So is this more like a buffet? or a sideboard or something else?
>> > Shoshanna sounded like she did one during or in addition to a Russian
>> > themed feast. So, Shoshanna, was this more like a tasting-table or a
>> > sideboard? Both of which we've discussed here, or was it something else?
>> > Stefan
>> > In the FEASTS section of the Florilegium:
>> > dayboards-msg (62K) 2/20/08 SCA dayboards, middle-of-the-day
>> > meals.
>> > tasting-tabls-msg (8K) 11/28/07 Introducing people to medieval
>> > foods using
>> > food samples and tasting tables.
>> > --------
>> > THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
>> > Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
>> > StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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