Medieval Foods for Medieval Times Parties

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Medieval Foods for Medieval Times Parties
Medieval banquets included a selection of meat, savoury and sweet dishes. ( Images)

Hosting a party with a medieval theme is an opportunity to sample traditional cuisine from the Middle Ages. Although few written samples of medieval food have survived, numerous cookbooks from the 14th and 15th centuries, such as "A Boke of Gode Cookery," provide numerous examples of traditional medieval fare. As the availability and range of food has differed little from then to now, You can easily and cheaply prepare recreated medieval party food. .

Meat and Poultry

As people in the Middle Ages had access to the same types of meat and poultry as we do today, you have a lot of meat party food options to choose from. Start with "stewed beefe,"a selection of ribs baked in a sauce of wine, currants and onions. Serve"'mortrews" with sliced brown bread, a basic beef pate garnished with ginger. "Pourcfelet farci," a roast pig stuffed with egg yolks, Brie cheese and chestnuts makes for a typical party table Medieval centrepiece.

Bread and Grain

As bread was the staple of the medieval diet, include a homemade loaf of white bread in your party food menu for people to snack on. You also can serve "waffres," a sweet waffle made with ginger and cheddar cheese alongside "frytour of erbes,"' small pieces of herb-infused bread, fried in batter. Finally, "rice Lombard', cooked in saffron, cinnamon, sugar and the broth of your choice. Chicken or beef, for example, also makes an ideal accompaniment.

Sweet Dishes

Sweet dishes in the Middle Ages were predominantly comprised of fruits and sugar. Almond was particularly popular in desserts, so offer your party guests some rice in almond milk as a sweet accompaniment. "Sambocade," a cheesecake made with elderflower and pears poached in wine and spices, make ideas for an authentic medieval sweet dish. You also can serve gingerbread, made with honey, spices and breadcrumbs. It was a firm favourite in the Middle Ages.


If you're serving alcoholic beverages, opt for apple or pear cider for an authentic experience. "Clarrey," or wine mulled with spices or honey, was also common in the Middle Ages. You can buy it pre-made in supermarkets today. Barley water, made from pearl barley, sugar and the juice of one lemon, and almond milk, made from blanched almonds and hot water, makes a good non-alcoholic period beverage.

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