[Sca-cooks] Images of meals in BSB Clm 835

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Tue Jun 28 10:32:57 PDT 2011

As Mistress Luitgard noted they are in Fast and Feast.

As noted before, Bercilak ate only a "sop" after mass before heading  
for the hunt, a sop being a sliver of bread dipped in wine . page 23

Fingers of bread were used to sop up sauces and gravies. Indeed, the  
adjective "soppy" used of someone who is foolish or "wet." is derived  
from this bread sop. page 159

The little heaps of neat fingerlike objects, which often appear on the  
dinner table, as in frontispiece, possibly represent supplies of bread  
slivers, prepared in advance for the meal to come. page 160

(I can actually locate my copy of this.)


On Jun 28, 2011, at 2:09 AM, Laura C. Minnick wrote:

> On 6/27/2011 4:23 PM, wheezul at canby.com wrote:
>> I'm wondering if anyone has any insight on what longish things  
>> might be
>> that look like all the world to me as breadsticks?
> Katrine, those actually sort of _are_ breadsticks. They called them  
> sops, and were the fancier version of the bit of bread you wipe the  
> last of the soup up with. Henisch talks about them in _Fast and  
> Feast_, but my copy is buried here somewhere snipped
> Liutgard

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