Viking Food Guy

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

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As those of you who have read my past postings surely know, I think that fermentation is not only a) really neat but b) key to understanding what Viking food was like.  One of the best resources for those wanting to learn about fermentation at home is Sandor Katz’s book Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’m teaching a class at an upcoming event on preserved foods of the Viking age, and I’ve started doing some prep work ahead of time for the class.  I’ve made many batches of barley based flatbread in the past based on the archeological evidence from Birka*, but always before with an eye toward eating them […]

Over the weekend I started my third batch of sahti, which is essentially the folk small-beer of Finland, and what at least one author refers to as one of the oldest living beer styles.  I haven’t had a chance to try and construct the traditional mash tun made from a hollow log, so I had […]

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 […]

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”.  […]