Viking Food Guy

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

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On glop

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Given the intersection of what the Vikings had to eat and what they had to cook it with (both of which we can know from the archeological record) I surmise that a great deal of what the average Viking ate on any given day boiled down to what my friend Eulalia calls “war glop”, and […]

The kind of plowing rig pictured here From Horse Plowing From Horse Plowing represents the pinnacle of Viking agricultural technology.  Such a setup, with horses (and horse collars) pulling a metal mould board plow, was just be introduced into parts of Denmark at the very end of what we traditionally think of as the Viking […]

One of my recent favorites, that I learned from Jorunn when she entered it in our Kingdom Arts & Sciences competition a few years back… Simmer leeks and dried fish in cream with a little salt (very little if the fish is salty).  She used smoked black cod, which I’ve done as well.  It’s expensive, […]

One of the real challenges of trying to reproduce Viking food is that we can’t actually know exactly what they ate because they didn’t write it down.  What we do have to go on is the archeological record, and some very sketchy literary evidence from the sagas.  What that leaves us with is “Viking possible”.  […]

Brewing

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In the last few months, I’ve started trying to do some brewing, in ways that fit with the Viking aesthetic.  I started thinking about what modern craft brewing (which I’ve done, and I love) does or doesn’t have in common with brewing as the Vikings must have done it.  The reality is, I don’t think […]

Welcome!

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This is a brand new blog, and this is the obligatory first post.  My hope is to use the blog to talk about my research and experimentations in recreating Viking food, drink, and cooking tools.