[Sca-cooks] Queens Tea

JIMCHEVAL at aol.com JIMCHEVAL at aol.com
Mon Jan 28 19:57:34 PST 2013

I don't know that the collatio was specifically Lenten; Benedict (6th  
century) established the reading as a regular thing in the Benedictine rule and  
the association with a light refreshment is said to have followed.


One thing's for sure: it's as medieval as medieval can be. And I for one  
think "The Queen's Collatio" has a lovely ring to it.
As I wrote one list member privately, hypocras would be the obvious  
refreshment for the event. But pear cider has a long history (St. Radegund drank  
it) and one bishop left a donation for a yearly quaffing of a fennel  drink.

The Franks were fond of wine mixed with wormwood (and maybe honey  to 
offset the absinthe's bitterness). That might be a bit more iffy these days.  But 
you could always push a point and mix some modern absinthe (a liqueur) with 
Jim  Chevallier

Newly translated from Pierre Jean-Baptiste  Le Grand d'Aussy:
Eggs, Cheese and Butter in Old Regime France  

In a message dated 1/28/2013 5:02:40 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
lcm at jeffnet.org writes:

Goes  back much further than that. 'Collation' began in the 9th century, 
as a  Lenten practice. 

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