Here's a dish for folks who like to get their hands dirty. Kids would probably have a blast helping. I happen to find this dish a bit sweet for me, but it is generally quite popular. It IS cooked with wine so if you're an intrepid cook not old enough to buy your own, you'll need to pull in a sidekick.
The alcohol of the wine cooks off so, no, you'll not be getting drunk off this.
Prep/Cook Time: Roughly 45 minutes
Hypocras has been popular from Roman Times clear through the 17th century. This is a simple recipe so the post is fairly short. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
This dish is one I had never tried before but I have to say I'm a fan.
Although it seems to have gone out of fashion for a bit in medieval Europe, asparagus was very popular in ancient times. An asparagus recipe is included in one of the oldest surviving cookbooks found to date. It's Roman from the 3rd century. If you've never had asparagus, give this recipe a try. It's simple to make and makes a great side dish or even a main dish.
Cook Time: 15 minutes
For our first dish we've chosen Blanc Mang (spelling varies). This is an easy-to-make delicious dish that is also filling and inexpensive. I actually learned about this (and many other dishes) while I worked at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation, WA. One of my jobs was hearth cooking and cooking for the restaurant. Let me tell you, even with modern conveniences cooking a 2 course/12 dish feast for 40 people is INTENSE. Moving on.
Cook Time: 1 hr (without chicken: ½ hour)
As gamers I'm sure we all have memories of sitting around a table littered with empty soda cans and bags of chips. Fun as that was as a teenager, I'm older now and cannot get through an entire game session on junk food and caffeine alone. Could I eat a proper meal BEFORE game? Yes. Is it way more fun for us to cook a meal for the group that adds to the atmosphere as well as being healthier than the traditional gamer fare? YES! Each month we are going to share our experience cooking a history- or theme-inspired meal. We'll break it down into weekly projects.
Week 1- Main Dish
Week 2- Side Dish
Week 3- Drink
Week 4- Dessert
By the end of the month you'll have an entire meal ready for your hungry company! Don't want to be responsible for the entire thing? No problem, have different people prepare each part. We have Tanks, Healers, DPS and Spell Casters, right?
With each post, we'll share the original sources for the recipes and our alterations. I am allergic to pretty much every thing, and our group also has vegetarians, so don't worry about that impossible-to-feed friend. We'll probably have something for them.
We also understand that folks don't have a ton of cash to dump on fancy foods and/or professional kitchens. We've got you. Mac was completely unprepared for the price of Saffron. Sure, HISTORICALLY, it was a rare and expensive spice.....turns out it's still processed by hand and crazy expensive. We opted to not use it because we did also need to afford food for the rest of the month.
So, the plan is to post each recipe starting the first Saturday of the month which should allow you to grab ingredients and test it out that weekend if you'd like. If you try out a recipe let us know how it turned out, and if there's something in particular you'd like us to tackle just comment or send an email.
There's always more room at our table for another wayward adventurer and we're excited to share what we have.