Cooking is too much fun.

Boiled Beef (with vegetables) with a loaf of medieval-style bread as a trencher.

I have been cooking historical recipes for many years, mostly stuff from 18th and 19th century America.  I like cooking anyway, and as a historian I find that sort of thing interesting on several levels.  More recently I have been trying to make medieval recipes, and so for the last few years I have started picking up some medieval cookbooks and reading some stuff online about it.  It seems a lot more difficult, I think.  And although I have managed to successfully make a few things  (this spinach tart turned out really well, I think), I have just not found a lot of medieval recipes that really made me want to try them.

Until a few weeks ago, when Kelly got me A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook.

I am a huge fan of GRRM’s series, and the cookbook is just so well done anyway, especially with the very appetizing photos.  The frozen blueberries with sweet cream was the first recipe I tried, and it was just… amazing.

And it turns out the authors are local, from right here in Boston.  So check out their blog, Inn at the Crossroads, if you want to see some amazing and interesting food and generally geek out with some other SOIAF fans.

So yeah, immersing myself in the medieval world has been a lot of fun.  It has even given me some ideas for what I may want to do for Halloween this year.

Norman-style helm, with black arming cap and chainmail coif.

Thanks to the good folks at Boston Costume/Garment District for tolerating me and letting me try on some of their helms.


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