Viking Food Guy

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

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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 […]

I just recently got ahold of a copy (thanks to the wonders of ILL) of an article called The Porridge Debate: Grain, Nutrition, and Forgotten Food Preparation Techniques1.  I had seen references to it in Sandor Katz’s Wild Fermentation, but hadn’t actually read the article.  In it, the author discusses how changes in grain processing […]

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 […]