[Sca-cooks] a Medieval "vegan" potpie??

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Sat Oct 3 20:48:30 PDT 2009

Actually, knowing something about your goals is more useful than a request 
for a dish that has no equivalent in Medieval and Renaissance cooking (at 
least that instantly springs to mind).  Historically, veganism of that 
period would likely have been practiced by ascetics with stricter dietary 
practices than the most vegan of modern vegetarians.

If your goal is to prepare food for your vegan friends, then use the modern 
recipes and be done with it.  If the goal is instead to prepare a period 
repast of which your vegan friends can partake, then use period recipes 
which meet their requirements.  I've used a brodo of chickpeas, sweet 
spinach tart, sweet potatoes, and compound salads as foods that both vegan 
and non-vegan will eat.  Those recipes are in the Florilegium.


> Something with a covering like puff pastry, a fritter top on maybe a small
> casserole type thing.  I wasn't offended...just surprised by the answers I
> got until the medieval cookery website was mentioned and you asking for 
> more
> details.
> This is something I am not too sure about because I so very little vegan
> cooking and I don't even know if there was vegans back in the middle ages.
> (By choice and not my circumstances)  But I will continue to ask "wierd"
> questions.
> Sabra
> On Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 4:29 PM, Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius <
> adamantius1 at verizon.net> wrote:
>> On Oct 3, 2009, at 5:51 PM, Stephanie Yokom wrote:
>> "Go google it"  isn't exactly the answer a person expects from those who
>>> have a passion for medieval cooking.  So, I figured I offended someone.
>>> Sabra
>> No, I don't think anyone was offended, unless it was you. It's just that
>> the way the question was framed, there was really no way to answer it.
>> Medieval people didn't eat vegan pot pies, or really any pot pies, as 
>> we'd
>> know them, so we were left with referring you to modern vegan pot pies
>> (which is where Google would come in), or period dishes coming closest to
>> your requirements. Which is why I asked for more information on what you
>> were trying to achieve.
>> Adamantius
>> "Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when 
>> we
>> all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's bellies."
>>                        -- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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