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Quince Butter

Quince butter is a soft, delicious and piquant jam-like preserve, that works wonders with bread or paired with cheese. It is a bit of a job to make, but it is so fantastic that I am planing to do it again this year. It does take quite a bit of work, but it is worth it!

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Pearl barley salad

One of my favourite salads is one based on boiled pearl barley. I love pearl barley salad, because it is filling, fresh and easy to make. I often serve it instead of pasta or potatoes and people generally seem pretty happy with that. More often than not, we have it with fish or a steak on the side but sometimes I serve it with some fried goats cheese on top instead of meat on the side. I do quite a few variations on this salad, but the boiled barley is at the core of each variation.

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Market Scene, Pieter Aertsen,1569

Carrots in lemon and theme

For the midwinter feast I couldn’t find period recipe for carrots, that didn’t involve mashing them, as we already had one purée on the table. I decided that I didn’t want a second one, so I found a modern recipe for carrots steamed in lemon juice with fresh theme.

I don’t really like cooked carrots all that much, but I liked these steamed carrots. They were gone by the time we removed the dishes of the second course, so I can’t have been alone in like them. It is a very simple dish, that is quick to make and quite tasty.

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Kale and orange salad in a glass bowl

Kale & Orange salad

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.

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