Powder fort is a strong spice mix used primary in meat dishes. Like all medieval spice mixes powder fort has many different recipes, here are a few. I have modified them to fit European measurements.
I found this for three clover cakes recipe in one of my mom’s 1980’s recipe books. I had never seen anything like them before, so I had to try it out! It turned out to be a rather tasty small cake or large cookie – I am not sure which is the better word. It was found in a Christmas cookbook, but I do not know it as a Christmas cookie, so I think you could bake it at any time of the year. I am baking them for the a larp event.
Vanilla Wreaths are another Christmas cookie that is quintessentially Danish. Though they are also eaten outside Christmas. They are sweet, crisp and full of almonds and vanilla. The cookie goes back to around 1840. Here is my recipe as well as one of Madam Mangor’s recipes from 1866, that I am yet to test out.
These cookies were developed by Jewish bakers in Copenhagen in the early 1800’s at some point. They are part of the Danish Christmas cookie pantheon. If you ask most of my family they are the best part. There are many versions of this recipe, I have found a few for you. My family’s recipe as well as two from 1890 – they are quite different.
Lutendranck was the first historic spiced wine I tasted. Lutendranck is a medieval sweetened and spiced white wine that was typically enjoyed cold. While Kasper thinks the name means lute drink – or he puts it “gitar wine”. It sadly isn’t the meaning, rather it means something like clarified wine – which makes sense since it has been put though a sive to remove the spices. But it is less of a good story. It is sweet and spiced and totally yummy. The batch I made last week started tasting kind of like good mead and now tastes very spiced but still totally delicious. The wine could be drunk for fun or as a medicinal drink that could cure mental problems such as: longing, cantankerous, misery and melancholy. It could also be used to clean the chest and against coughs.
My boyfriend and I are talking about doing some reenactment markeds – at some point in the future. We are talking about the possibility of going as spiced wine merchants. In the past I have made a spiced white wine, Lutendranck, which is really tasty. So when I had two liter of red wine sitting around and ran into a recipe for hypocras I of course had to try it. After making both I have started collecting different recipes for both wines.
Last night I made lamb culotte with baked root vegetables (I can not recommend baked turnip) and this kale salad. The rest of the meal wasn’t very historical inspired but the salad was based of one I found in one of my books about medieval cooking. I thought I would share it with you because it turned out to be pretty yummy.
I had brought some kale today while out shopping because I am in kind of a medieval mindset right now. When I came home and looked at what else I was planing for dinner (barley frumentry and a steak), the traditional dish of “grønlangkål” didn’t really make sense. I decided to just google kale and see what came up. Luckly aarstiderne.com had a good recipe for a salad of kale, so I went with that. This is my version of that salad. It tasted great with the beef steak by the way.
As so often happens I was craving sweet this afternoon, so I decided to make something sweet after dinner out of the sad fruit that was sitting around. I had two grumpy pears and a few grumpy apples sitting around as well as some puff pastry in the fridge – which of course meant that I had to do a version of a medieval or early modern Pear and apple pie.