At the medieval reenactment, I got to sample a special kind of soup. It is a centuries-old Russian recipe that is a vegetable recipe with cabbage and kale. I even had the option to include some stewed pork. The pork was tender, the cabbage was mildly crunchy, and the broth was filling and rich. In addition, I tried bread from the period and it had a somewhat subtle vegan taste despite being bread. There will be scenes in my fantasy book that take place in a tavern or inn and I think this soup and bread would be something the characters could order.
After letting the hypocras marinate in the sugar and spices for 24 hours, I tasted the final results of the experiment. The combination of richness, sweetness, and spiciness has intensified, but not to the point of being intolerable. It very much had a kind of Christmas feel to it. Who knows? I might make this a drink for the Holidays. I will definitely include this drink in my fantasy book because it will be enjoyed by the filthy rich such as emperors or kings or barons.
Today, I managed to brew five bottles of hypocras, which is a medieval drink that was a form of medicinal wine that helped a king get through the night and help digest his countless meals. I used a non-alcoholic recipe in which I used grape juice instead of red wine. I had a small taste of the hypocras and it tasted exactly as it did in a documentary I watched. It was sweet, spicy, and rich all at the same time. I believe this will increase after the hypocras marinates in the sugar and spices for a day or two. I will wait for the results and keep you updated.
Soon, I will be undertaking an experiment in which I try to recreate a medieval form of win called hypocras, which is a medicinal red wine seasoned by various spices. The spices that went into hypocras helped tend to ailments such as heart burn and flatulence. During the Tudor Dynasty, Henry VIII drank this in order to help with his digestion from his countless meals and help him get through the night. In documentaries I have watched and studied, it was described as rich and spicy, but now I will be able to find out what it is like firsthand. I will conduct this experiment and document the results. Wish me luck!
I have been delving deeper and deeper into history and antiquity. Up until now I have been learning about the Dark Ages and medieval Europe, but now I am expanding my search to the reign of the Roman Empire. The reason for this is because my fantasy book takes place in an empire and what better way to gain inspiration for an empire than researching one of the greatest empires the world has ever known. I decided to begin with the food and table manners of the Roman Empire and I have learned that the Roman’s decadence and gluttony knew no bounds. On the upside, the Romans ate a lot more fruits and vegetables than the Tudor Dynasty (who mainly ate meat and sugar). Like the Tudors of England, the Romans were not picky eaters when it came to meat and ate every part of an animal. Compared to today, Roman table manners were very lax. For example, in the modern world you are not allowed to belch or fart at the dinner table, but in Roman times you were allowed. I am thinking of combining the food and table manners of the Tudor Dynasty and the Roman Empire for the world of my fantasy book.
I got to try brie, which was essential in envisioning the food of my fantasy world.
In order to see if I can tackle the 96 ounce steak challenge in Amarillo, Texas, I tested myself by trying to eat a 16 inch cheese pizza in 30 minutes. Wish me luck!