Middle Ages: Food

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Middle Ages: Food

Middle Ages

Daily Life: Food

Peasants and serfs grew their own food, like carrots and herbs.

Examples of Food from the Middle Ages

Pigeons StewedRecipe by Daniel MyersThis is an amazingly simple recipe that is good served hot or cold. While it calls for pigeon, I use chicken legs and thighs - they're a lot cheaper and easier to find, and the dark meat is a close enough match for taste and texture. It goes exceptionally well with Onion Salad.3-4 pounds chicken 2 cups broth 1 clove garlic 1 Tbsp. parsley 1/2 tsp. marjoram 1/2 tsp. sage 1/2 tsp. powder fort 1/2 tsp. salt pinch saffron Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until done - about 20 minutes.

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In the Middle Ages, what you ate depended on how rich you were.The poor people, who was almost everybody, had a diet that consisted mainly of barley. Sometimes they made it into bread, oatmeal, and soup. Since that was very plain, they grew carrots and onions to put in the soup, and they tried to get honey or sugar to sweeten the oatmeal. Rich people ate bread too, but they made theirs out of wheat so it tasted better. Rich people also ate pork, beef, lamb, and rabbit. They also had exotic spices from Asia. Also, they had salt, which was not availible for the poor people. At the dinner table, the salt was placed near the rich people so they could use it. In fact, that's where we got the expression, "Above the salt," to identify a rich person!Meat was smoked or heavily salted to preserve it and vegetables were dried or pickled. The meat was salted in a salting box then it was kept on huge hooks or barrels. Something called white meat was milk from sheep, goats, and cows, and the cream, butter, and cheese made from it.

Many castles had their own honey bees.


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