Ten things about me (one is a lie)

Seasons greetings everyone!

Here’s something light and jolly for the Christmas holidays — perhaps best reserved for when you’re completely bored out of your mind! (You can only eat so many mince pies.)

I’ve listed ten food and drink related facts about me; but one of them is a bit of a fib. See if you can guess which is the porky, and leave your answer in the comments below.

I can’t really think of a suitable prize for the cleverest deducers, but I may get them to help me decide which recipes to film in the New Year for Monk’s Modern Medieval Cuisine.


  1. I have three times made myself ill cooking for Monk’s Modern Medieval Cuisine.
  2. I drank cocktails with Sir Lancelot.
  3. I started a pastry fight in my cookery class at school.
  4. I have held in my hand the oldest copy of King Richard II’s cookery book.
  5. I once dressed as Queen Wealhtheow, serving mead, whilst teaching Beowulf at the University of Manchester.
  6. I have been in a pop video drinking bubbly.
  7. I sat down to drinks and nibbles with the White Witch of Narnia.
  8. I have dined at a MasterChef winner’s restaurant.
  9. I have eaten medieval cheesecake.
  10. I have eaten 14th-century French tarts whilst dressed in an authentic 11th-century English monk’s habit.


Did I drink cocktails with Sir Lancelot? Image: “How Sir Launcelot fought with a fiendly dragon.” From The Romance of King Arthur (1917). Abridged from Malory’s Morte d’Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham.  Public Domain.

Published by Christopher Monk

Dr Christopher Monk is creating Modern Medieval Cuisine

3 thoughts on “Ten things about me (one is a lie)

  1. Hmmm. This is hard! So things I’m pretty sure ARE true: 4 (the cookbook), 6 (the pop video), and 9 (the cheesecake, which I know is true.) Things that seem likely, or that I strongly suspect are true: 2 (cocktails with Sir Lancelot), 3 (the pastry fight–sounds fun and I can imagine a younger version of you doing this!), 5 (dressing as Queen Wealtheow), 7 (drinks with the White Witch), and 10 (Brother Monk eating tarts). That leaves 1 (making yourself ill three times with your Medieval Cuisine) and 8 (dining at the MasterChef’s restaurant). Hmmm…….. Well, I’m going with #1. I can understand making yourself ill eating some of the weirder stuff once, but THREE times? Nah. You’re too smart for that. So it’s Number One.

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