Viking Food Guy

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

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Trekking

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Another new project for the coming year is a plan for “Viking trekking”.  Eulalia and I are talking earnestly about trying a trek (aka hiking/camping) using only Viking (or in her case Celtic) appropriate gear and methods.  We’re shooting for some time in August, since the fishing may be OK, the huckleberries should be ripe, […]

This year I spent a lot of time experimenting with fermentation in the hopes of learning more about what the Vikings had to eat.  The new project for the upcoming year is going to be wild foods and foraging.  There are several species that appear commonly in the Viking age archeological record (including stinging nettles […]

I’m back from the weekend at West – An Tir War, and have to say that the food really worked out well.  Because I was camped with some of the best cooks from both Kingdoms, I ended up eating lots of stuff besides the Viking food I brought with me, so I’m still not sure […]

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 […]

One of the first things anyone says at every public demo we do about Viking food is “oh, lutefisk!  Gross!”.  The Vikings did not, in fact, have any lutefisk.  What they had instead was stockfish, which is unsalted cod dried hard as a board.  Much later, the Scandinavians figured out that stockfish was more easily […]

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, […]