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

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Sat Oct 3 23:33:57 PDT 2009

Sabra commented:

<<< Thank you!  To me, this looks plausible in serving because of the
ingredients involved and it looks simple enough to prepare.  I never  
thought of the lentil family being the main course, either. (Mainly  
I can't even get my family to eat baked beans and I love beans!) >>>

"looks plausible" in what way? That it will meet your vegan friends  
requirements? Or that it is something you think you can fix? Or that  
it looks medieval?

Well, maybe on the first, but not on the latter. At least to those who  
have studied the medieval foods and even "period" foods.  The Green  
Peppers and the Zucchini are New World foods, so not known in Europe  
prior to 1492. Whether the two were known and where they were known  
will vary upon the region you are talking about, since just because  
something is period for, say Spain, doesn't mean it was period for  
England. Or Russia. I think the Zucchini was actually a point of  
discussion within the last week or two.

On top of this, the filo pastry isn't period, although it is often  
used to substitute, because of its availability, for period pastries  
which are.

You can find previous discussions on green peppers, zucchinis and filo  
pastry in various files in the Florilegium.

<<< I will check out the florilegium because I do keep forgetting that  
there are
savory tarts as well. >>>

I have heard people suggest leaving a trail of bread crumbs behind  
you, or at least setting an alarm clock, when you go into the  
Florilegium...But I wouldn't know about that. It's all just hearsay.

<<< This is very interesting information that I have learned about  
in the middle ages.  Learning that it could get you killed! >>>

How so?

The Middle Ages was such a quiet, peaceful time. Not like those  
Elizabethans... :-)

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On Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 6:14 PM, Johnna Holloway <johnnae at mac.com> wrote:

There' no medieval source but you could try this one.

Vegetarian Filo Pie

Serves 4 People


10oz / 300 g frozen filo pastry - thawed
Olive oil
Sesame seeds
1lb/450 g fresh baby spinach
8oz / 225 g grated zucchini
4oz/100g finely chopped green pepper
1 small onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped or crushed
1 tbs olive oil for brushing
1/3 cup fresh parsley (or 1dessertspoon dried parsley)
? tsp nutmeg
Pinch black pepper
1oz /25 g feta cheese, crumbled
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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