[Sca-cooks] siege cooking ingredient ideas sought

Susan Lin susanrlin at gmail.com
Fri Jun 25 13:21:06 PDT 2010

How about some sour plums from your adventures abroad?

On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 2:17 PM, Ian Kusz <sprucebranch at gmail.com> wrote:

> Well, presuming they are IN the castle, cooking for the siege, and assuming
> they are down to the dregs, I'd include items that are
> preserved/preservable, secondary-use (as in, not the stuff you'd cook
> first), cheap (for medieval times), likely to roll into unlikely corners
> and
> be missed until you're searching EVERYWHERE, and multi-purpose (as in, also
> fed to animals, or used in other processes, like brewing).
> so, for my money, I'd include salt pork/pickled or salted fish, barley or
> oats (I'd likely make this the bulk of the "found food"), a withered turnip
> or two (Pliny mentions these as being stored over the winter to prevent
> starvation), a withered carrot, a half-dried apple, beans or lentils (small
> amounts), dried-out bread, a jar of either pickled veggies or jam, maybe a
> dried-out cheese, possibly a couple of eggs (if the castle kept chickens,
> and they hadn't been et yet), and maybe goat's milk (sour, possibly, to
> make
> things really challenging).  To spice things up, you could add some other
> odd vegetables.  Say, a parsnip, or some kind of fennel root, or something.
> Maybe rose hips (if they raided the queen's flower garden in desperation).
> Or, if someone raided a bramble bush, some blackberries.
> On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 9:26 AM, Honour Horne-Jaruk <jarukcomp at yahoo.com
> >wrote:
> > Respected friends:
> >     Once again, I prepare for Maison Rive's annual Pennsic siege cooking
> > contest. This year, in addition to the usual request for judges and
> > participants, I've finally realized I need to pick your collective
> brains...
> >     Where-and when-ever your persona/specialty/cookbook collection is
> from,
> > what would you give out for the ten items provided in a siege cooking
> > ingredient bag? (The contestants provide salt and herbs/spices.)
> > I've always included a protein, a fat, a starch, a sweet, a sour, a
> > vegetable and a fruit. The rest can get pretty whimsical.
> >     Another version: the available foods would be quite different for a
> > battlefield meal, since the scouts can buy (or steal) fresh items. What
> > would you include in that bag?
> >
> > Yours in service to both the Societies of which I am a member-
> > (Friend) Honour Horne-Jaruk, R.S.F.
> > Alizaundre de Brebeuf, C.O.L. S.C.A.- AKA Una the wisewoman, or That Pict
> >
> >
> >
> >
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