This weekend we attended our first ever medieval market as part of the reenactors of the event, rather than as part of the public. We sold our spiced wine (lutendranck & hypocras) in our stall, that was a part of a larger camp, which we shared with a friend and his family. It was a bit crowded but it was fun and we had a great time. We sold most of our wine, so we were very happy about that.
On the blog I have talked about medieval spiced wine before. My boyfriend and I have decided that we want to start going to medieval reenactment markeds as spice wine merchants. To do this we of course had to get the clothing and gear, more about that in another post. We are going to our first marked in little under two weeks.
This weekend I hosted a larp event themed as a medieval (inspired) midwinter feast. Most of the food served was medieval or renaissance inspired. I thought I would gather the recipes together here and show a few pictures.
The event went extremely well both as a larp event and as a dinner. Everyone loved the food, though some of course didn’t like everything. The roleplay was the type we were hoping for, we had no battles or combat at all but rather a lot of character development and political maneuvering. I really couldn’t be happier with how it played out.
I currently own 10 books on food history, where a few of them are cookbooks from the time period. My mom just gifted me three more from her collection. There is a good mix of books in Danish and in English. I thought it would be fun and useful to have a list of the books I own. I also borrow everything I can think of from my local library via inter-library loans. I love libraries! I got quite a few of those books on my wish list this year.
At the Dutch museum, The Rijksmuseum’s website you can explore a huge part of their collection in detail. The art is there for you to zoom around on and to save on your computer – in a rather large resolution. I find my self on there way more than I should be. I have created a little board of paintings that shows food from the period I am interested in (late medieval to early modern). The collection is searchable and every single painting has all it’s infomation there. The photo quality is really good and you can zoom in quite far. I find that is a great resource to see the what food looked like – both the produce and the finished product.
Saturday I visited MoMu (Moesgaard Museum) with my boyfriend who had yet to see the museum. I of course visited the museum shop and picked up a viking cookbook, that I was yet to own (Bålmad for moderne vikinger). It had a lot of great information along with quite a few interesting recipes. It also had an introduction where it among other things talked about which food were available in the viking age. It wasn’t quite sure about some of the items, which sparked me to research some more. I decided to make a list of food stuff that was available to the vikings at home and something might have encountered on their travels and possibly imported. I also decided to make a list of food stuff that they definitely didn’t have.
Browsing the web, especially on pinterest I sometimes come across some medieval and viking recipes, for reenactment events or markets no less, that makes me groan. This isn’t about perfect authenticity, but it is about presenting something that is plausible – especially when cooking for the public.
In my little project to make a list of what the vikings might have eaten, I thought it might be a good idea to make a list of food that is definitely no-go for viking and early medieval events. The food on this list was either not invented till much much later OR is food stuff only found in the Americas and that the Europeans wouldn’t know till after Columbus – like turkey.
As I have mentioned before I am going to Drachenfest later this month. It is one of the world biggest LARPs and is located in Germany. I have never been to a larp bigger than 50 people, it is going to be a bit overwhelming. Part of what I like about larps is the excuse e to dress up. I have constructed my own costume with the help of friends and family. Thank you Ingerlise and thank you Kitte, I could not have done it without you.