I’m starting to think about what food/equipment I’m going to bring to the War in a couple of weeks. I’m going to bring all (as far as possible) Viking-possible food, and see how it works out for a long weekend.
One thing I’m definitely planning for is fish for breakfast. I’m a great believer in eating sea creatures first thing in the morning. Kippers, pickled herring, gravlax, lox, smoked salmon or trout… All such a treat in the AM. However, one of the people we camp with pretty regularly is a fish-o-phobe, so we try to keep it down for her sake. She’s not coming to the War, though, so my friend Eulalia suggested we stage a cultural exchange fish breakfast one morning. She does 13th C English recreation, which should be a little different from Viking-style fish breakfast.
I’m thinking of making some “beer bread” porridge for breakfast, which should go well with fish. I’ve started making some barley/rye hard tack and drying it out for the trip, and I’ll simmer that in beer until it’s porridge-like. I’m thinking it’ll go nicely with some smoked herring if I can find some that’s decent. It’s hard to find hard smoked herring around here (sadly), but kippers will do in a pinch if I can get a good brand. The nice hard smoked German ones are my favorite, but my local source for those dried up recently, and the grocery store ones are a little squishy for my taste. We’ll see what I can turn up. Pickled herring will do in a pinch.
Other foods I’m considering bringing:
- cheese (something simple, plus maybe some gjetost. It’s not Viking, but I do love it so)
- boiled eggs
- hard tack
- fresh bread (more on this later)
- more fish, probably smoked salmon and/or trout, and certainly plenty of herring. Salt cod for cooking (stockfish would be better, but I can’t get any here)
- small beer
- grain (barley, stone ground oats)
- root vegetables (carrots, maybe some turnips, parsnips?)
- lactic-fermented carrots/turnips/whatever if I get a chance to make some
- dried fruit (cherries/berries)
- pickled eggs
- pickled sausages
- split peas
- smoked pork/bacon