Apology

Hello everyone. Just a short note to apologise for the lack of new material on my website in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, I have been unwell. I’ve just been diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency which has left me exhausted (and somewhat impaired cognitively!). I hope to be back to experimenting with medieval food as Continue reading Apology

Sprinkle on a little spicy magic

Hello medieval-minded food lovers. Today, I’m talking about a lovely, light poached chicken dish I made recently, and particularly about the spicy magic that lifts the dish: powder douce. Powder douce (poudre douce, powdour douce) is a spice mix that was used in many of the recipes of King Richard II’s household. ‘Cast thereon powder Continue reading Sprinkle on a little spicy magic

Medieval pastry: experimentation

I’ve been putting theory into practice, experimenting with different recipes for making medieval ‘paste’, the stuff which medieval cooks used for making pastries, from baked tarts and pies to fried crispels and fritters. In this post, I report back on my experiments to make authentic medieval pastry, using both egg yolk paste and whole egg Continue reading Medieval pastry: experimentation