Category Archives: Medieval

Artichoke Pie 1570

Artichoke Pie with Cheese and Herbs, 1570

Thoughts: Whenever I feel like I’ve lost some direction when it comes to historical cooking, I like to sit down with some of my favorite old cookbooks and flip through until something inspires me. In this case, it was a pie from the 1570s Italian

stuffed Aubergines

Stuffed Aubergines, c. 1570

Thoughts: A number of quirky Lenten dietary choices were made this year by members of this household, and that meant I had to go searching for new recipes to accommodate those restrictions. Thankfully, medieval cookbooks were all about recipes for Lent, and that’s where I

Sweet and Savory Sops, from The Inn at the Crossroads

Sweet and Savory Sops

A few months ago, in my quest to find more campfire-capable recipes for my repertoire, I flipped through one of my favorite medieval cookery books, The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi. I don’t even have the words right now to tell you how much I love

fried squash

Fried Squash

If you have a garden, and like me, thought back in the spring that a single little squash plant would be a great thing to plant, then you are also probably finding yourself swamped with more of the little things than you can cook. I’m


Roman-Style Tenderloin, with bacon and sage

Thoughts: It’s another virtual potluck, AND a recipe from one of my favorite medieval cookbooks, The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi.  It reminds me of a Turkish dish I once had, called Çöp Şiş, where the meat on the kebab was spaced out with chunks of fat. It

Modern Boiled Beans

Boiled Beans

“‘You want eat?’ Mord asked, glowering. He had a plate of boiled beans in one thick, stub-fingered hand. Tyrion Lannister was starved, but he refused to let this brute see him cringe. ‘A leg of lamb would be pleasant,’ he said, from the heap of

Mulberry Sauce for Goose

Goose sauced with Mulberries

“[Lady Tanda] invites you to sup with her again. There’s to be a haunch of venison, she says, a brace of stuffed geese sauced with mulberries, and–” “–her daughter,” Tyrion finished sourly. Since the hour he had arrived in the Red Keep, Lady Tanda had

medieval Hand-washing Water recipe

Hand Washing Waters

There is a curious medieval custom that evolved through the ages of having scented water on dining tables with which to wash one’s hands. I remember as a child being delighted that my grandmother had china finger-bowls, even though they were never used. Although this

medieval cream tart recipe

Medieval Dornish Cream Cakes

“If you did not eat so many creamcakes you would not have such dreams.  Rich foods are not for girls your age, when your humors are so unbalanced.  Maester Toman says — ” “I hate Maester Toman,” Teora said.  Then she bolted from the table, leaving her


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