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 […]

This and that

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It’s been a while, I see…  As the summer camping season moves along, I’ve been doing a little cooking, although not as much as in years past.  Last weekend at Honey War I tried making some ollebrod, a porridge made by boiling bread in beer.  I used some commercial rye bread and Pyramid Hefeweissen.  The […]

So… one of the things influencing my Viking recreation efforts these days is that since last summer I’m doing my best to only eat plants.  Let’s say “plant-powered” rather than the v-word, since that comes with so much political baggage.  It doesn’t always work out, but I think in aggregate I maybe miss by 5-10% […]

For the demo at June Faire this weekend I tried a couple of new pottages that worked out pretty well, with some reservations… For the first I put some pearl barley, whole oat groats, and whole dried green peas into a pottery vessel with some water and mustard seeds.  I then spent quite a few […]

Talkkuna

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I preparation for my class at Grand Thing last weekend I made up a batch of talkkuna.  Talkkuna is a Finnish word (it’s called kama in Estonian) for flour made from pre-cooked (usually roasted) grain.  Since it is precooked, it doesn’t require any further application of heat to be readily digestible.  It’s very similar in […]

This weekend at Grand Thing I’m teaching a class on this subject, so I thought I’d jot down my notes here first… There are lots of Viking-possible foods that will survive a weekend without refrigeration.  They possibilities really break down into two groups depending on whether or not you are willing to do any cooking, […]

Last year I tried a new chicken dish that worked pretty well, and a few weeks back at Faire in the Grove I decided to make it as part of my Viking cooking demo (plus feed the extended household lunch) with excellent results.  The two biggest additions were a little bacon, and some cumin, and […]

Some more sources

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Jørgensen, Grethe. Analyses of Medi[e]val Plant Remains, Textiles and Wood from Svendborg. [Odense]: Odense University Press, 1986. Print. This is an older volume, but it has some good photos and descriptions of plant remains (mostly seeds). Mitchell, G, and National Museum of Ireland. Archaeology & Environment in Early Dublin. [Dublin]: Royal Irish Academy, 1987. Print. […]

I got a question about where I get my pottery for fire cooking, and as that information wasn’t here anywhere, I wanted to make sure to add it for next time. I get most of my pottery from Mistress Morgaina (http://jeannewoodpottery.com/medievalindex.htm).  She has been making pots in a number of Viking appropriate shapes that work […]

Some sources

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In response to a challenge from Kaðlin, here’s a quick list of some of my go-to sources on Viking food. If other folks have favorite Viking food related sources, I’d love to hear about them. Also, if this is something people are interested in I’ll post more. Astill, Grenville, and John Langdon. Medieval Farming and […]