Viking Food Guy

Recreating the food and drink of the Viking Age (and others)

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If you have any interest in brewing in general, or Viking brewing specifically, check out the awesome work that Magnus is doing at The Draughts Are Deep.  So cool.  I’m hoping to be able to try his method for both small beer (brauð) and a stronger ale (öl) soon.  I might be able to get […]

Quinoa

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One of the very common finds from Iron- and Viking age Scandinavia sites are seeds of chenopodium album (fat-hen, lambs quarters, etc.).  The seeds have been found mixed into bread and grain paste, in addition to just being in the ground.  The inclusion may have been accidental, since fat hen grows as a weed in […]

Projects

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Right now I’m planning on trying some new bread and dairy projects.  Last year I tried making some Ålandskt svartbröd, and just recently I found a reference to it having been described as sour “in the old days” as opposed to the sweet bread that is made today.  The modern version uses molasses and treacle, […]

This weekend was An Tir‘s Culinary Symposium, which was a smashing success.  We had a great time geeking out with the other food nerds on subjects ranging far and wide.  I’m all fired up to work on more sausages and cheese for this year.  I’ve been a little concerned about curing/fermenting meat, and I think […]

Saturday food

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So we went to a Viking party (like ya’ do) on Saturday, and to get ready I made some food.  I started out with some bread.  I got a grain mill for Christmas this year (thanks honey!) so I ground some hulless barley to start with.  The first batch of bread was barley and oat […]

Janet (who is a much better photographer than I) got some great pictures of the trayne roste we made at Crown over Labor Day weekend…

Still here

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I realized I’ve been a bit quiet here of late.  Not much to report.  The last few events we’ve been to have been hot, so nobody wanted to cook over the fire.  That means eating out of the cooler, which is a bit less Viking and a bit more convenient, as much as I hate […]

Almost there

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I think I’m just about ready for the camping event this weekend.  I got a new batch of sahti started over the weekend (actually two, a strong and a “small” sahti from the first and second runnings).  The Aland black bread is baked, I’ve got lots of hard tack, and a new batch of pickled […]

I started prepping food for the event next weekend on Tuesday or so, and it’s coming along nicely.  I’ve made some extra piima, have several bags of hard tack, the eggs are pickling, etc.  I made about two quarts worth of sauerkraut, with some fresh dill, spring onions, cabbage and kale, and a little dulse […]

We were doing a cooking demo at an SCA event this weekend in Port Gamble, WA, and I got to spend pretty much the whole day Saturday playing over the fire.  At home we often give out samples to the public at demos, but the food handling laws in WA don’t really allow that, so […]