[Sca-cooks] Vegetarian recipe

lilinah at earthlink.net lilinah at earthlink.net
Tue Jun 15 14:50:02 PDT 2010

Myrrim wrote:
>I wasn't the originator of this question, but can I put my hand up and say
>'me too!"  It is always a bit of a problem trying to find a period
>alternative for vegetarians.

Odd. It always seems easy to me...

I have cooked quite a few European feasts in which everything was 
vegetarian except the meat dishes, because we have a number of 
vegetarians around here. The one change i made was when a meat broth 
to cook vegetables, i used a rich vegetable broth instead.

And while there are not a lot of vegetarian recipes in the Muslim 
corpus (most vegetables are either cooked with meat or served with 
meatballs), it is easy to adapt them, too.

A meat dish or two in each course for the omnivores, and vegetable 
and/or fruit dishes prepared without meat so the vegetarians can eat 
them, and a grain dish should suffice.

Here are 2 of the 4 courses from my very first feast. Everything but 
the meats (and the limonada, which is based on chicken soup) is 

* First Course *
Mild Italian Pork Sausages (meat)
Chyckens in Gravey (meat)
Limonada (Lemon Sauce) (meat)
Rice with Almond Milk (vegetarian)
Cabbage with Fennel and Apples (vegetarian)
Funges (Spiced Mushrooms) (vegetarian)
Crustade Lumbarde (Custard Pie with Dried Fruit) (vegetarian)

* Second Course *
Roast Pork Loin (meat)
Apple Juice Sauce (vegetarian)
Horseradish-Honey Sauce (vegetarian)
Garlic Sauce with Walnuts and Almonds (vegetarian)
Frumenty (Cooked Wheat) (vegetarian)
Sallat (Salad of Mixed Greens and Herbs) (vegetarian)
Turnips in Mustard Sauce (vegetarian)
Baked Buttered Onions and Apples (vegetarian)

4 meat dishes
11 vegetarian dishes (sauces are good on grains or sopped up with bread)

This was not my best designed feast, although the food was all 
delicious, if i do say so myself, because the dishes were from about 
4 different centuries and 3 different countries. I had only been in 
the SCA 1.5 years and had only ever attended one feast. After my 
first feast, barring special requests from the autocrat or important 
guests, i have kept each of my feasts to pretty much one country and 
one century.

I have made English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greco-Roman, 
and several different kinds of Middle Eastern dishes, and i have 
never had trouble feeding vegetarians.

I was a vegetarian in the late 1960s/early 1970s and still don't eat 
meat often, and my adult daughter has been a vegetarian since she was 

My feasts and recipes are on my website:

If you would like to ask questions, about them or finding/choosing 
recipes, i am happy to help.
Urtatim [that's err-tah-TEEM]
the persona formerly known as Anahita

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