[Sca-cooks] Old World beans

Patricia Dunham chimene at ravensgard.org
Sun Feb 5 11:30:58 PST 2012

maybe another case of "why write down what everybody knows in their bones, from their mother's knee" -- kinda like bread recipes? or salads? 

and maybe throw in a half-handful of "everybody at the manor house eats this stuff occasionally, but the peasants eat it all the time, so why bother to write it down, it's basically peasant food" ... ??

(hi Lainie)
On Feb 3, 2012, at 1:19 PM, Laura C. Minnick wrote:

> Given what I've seen in the capitularies and inventories, and also in some of the archeological finds (remnants in pottery, etc), the Carolinginas were eating a fair amount of beans, and beans and grains were a significant portion of their diet. I'm not sure why we don't see a whole lot of pulses in later cookbooks. It might have something to do with climate changes and subsequent agricultural practice.
> Liutgard
> On 2/3/2012 12:07 PM, galefridus at optimum.net wrote:
>> Many you already know about, you just don't know that you know. Here are a few from memory:
>> Fava beans
>> Chickpeas
>> Mung beans
>> Cowpeas (or black-eyed peas)
>> Grass peas
>> Lentils
>> Peas
>> One of these days I'll get my wife to join this forum and hold forth on the list of beans that she found in the rabbinical literature, which she says is pretty lengthy and thoroughly lays to rest the SCA myth of " only favas and chickpeas are period!"
>> -- Galefridus
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