[Sca-cooks] Size of Trenchers
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Sat Jul 4 23:12:46 PDT 2009
I've been corresponding with a lady who is thinking of trying to set
up a period cookshop at Pennsic next year. One issue is what tos
serve the food on. Bread bowls are modern, paper plates are
strikingly modern and cost something, reusable plates have to be
washed and risk theft.
One obvious answer is bread trenchers--which raises the question of
how big they were. The only figure I can find is from _Le Menagier_
and seems to be 4"x6", which would be awfully small for serving food
on. I'm wondering if we have other sources, and if one can make a
reasonable case that trenchers were sometimes substantially larger
than that--large enough to serve moderns as plates.
Anyone have anything?
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