[Sca-cooks] Lenten Observations was Officially serving modern food at SCA...
Laura C. Minnick
lcm at jeffnet.org
Thu Jan 31 12:47:29 PST 2013
On 1/31/2013 7:14 AM, JIMCHEVAL at aol.com wrote:
> They are in fact ungodly complicated. Birds for a while were permitted,
> since they were created on the same day as fish. Under Charlemagne, monks
> were allowed to have pork fat since oil was difficult to get in some regions,
> but dairy became forbidden. Etc.
> Le Grand d'Aussy wrote several long sections on this in his history of
> French food, which I've translated as "Catholic Fasting in France from the
> Franks to the Eighteenth Century".
> Jim Chevallier
Do you have documentation for the allowance of pork fat and of birds?
The pork fat I have not seen but it is plausible, though I've never seen
it show up in any of the medieval Lenten recipes; and Socrates in the
5th c (not the guy who drank hemlock) allowed birds, but he is and
outlier- everyone else, from Augustine down, is quite explicit in
banning the flesh of birds.
And I'm afraid that 18th c practices are not relevant here.
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