I recently discovered that sugar sculptures were a regular part of the aristocratic diet in medieval times, particularly during the Tudor dynasty. I don’t know if I will be able to locate a bakery with this type of pastry in my area, but if I can I will attempt to sample one of these sculptures. During the reign of Henry VIII, he had an entire dessert meal that had multiple courses ranging from jelly made from deer antler, sugar wafers, and sugar sculptures like this one. Even more amazing was the fact that this was only one of at least five different meals in one day! I think I will basing this routine in the everyday life of the king in my fantasy series.
One of the traditional medieval meals was the meat pie, which consisted of a juicy meaty center encased by a crunchy shell. In order to gain inspiration for the food in my fantasy series, I will somehow find a way to sample this dish. I might either have a chicken pot pie or make a traditional meat pie myself. I will keep you updated on any further developments.
I have just finished writing a poem about one of my favorite foods: Orange Chicken from Panda Express. Having had this chicken countless times, I have become very familiar with its taste, smell, texture, and appearance. I drew inspiration from all of the occasions I had orange chicken, including my dinner from tonight. It was a pleasant experience writing this because it made me revisit all of those times when I immersed myself in gourmet bliss.
While I am easily the pickiest eater you will ever know, I ate the entire feast at Medieval Times, which included Tomato Bisque soup, half a chicken, garlic bread, roasted potato, corn, and a lemon pastry. In order for me to gain all of the information and inspiration I would ever need for my fantasy series I could not be my usual picky self so I ate everything and memorized their taste and texture. It was a very satisfactory meal that everyone would enjoy.
Today, I had a second attempt at making a home-made pizza and I am proud to report that I finally got it right! 😉
The recipe is as follows:
1 pound of pizza dough
1/2 cup of marinara sauce
1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. Get a cast iron skillet and spray it with Pam. Put the pizza dough in the skillet and spread it even in the skillet. When the dough is flattened, pour the 1/2 cup of marinara sauce on top of the dough and spread it evenly. After the sauce, sprinkle the cheese over the sauce. When the ingredients are together, put the pizza in the oven and let it bake for at least 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden. Then take the pizza out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes and enjoy!
The feast I made for my family for Memorial Day was a success! Here is a photograph of the feast in question . . .
Tomorrow, I will utilize my cooking skills to create a large, three course Memorial Day feast for my family. The meal in question will involve crispy baked pork chops, brown sugar-glazed carrots, oven-fried red potatoes, and a chocolate peppermint trifle for dessert. I thoroughly enjoy cooking. I love it about as much as I enjoy writing my books and short stories. I will present a followup and review tomorrow. Wish me luck and Happy Memorial Day!