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Sauce Madame

Original: Take sawge. persel. ysope. and saueray. quinces. and peeres, garlek and Grapes. and fylle the gees þerwith. and sowe the hole þat no grece come out. and roost hem wel. and kepe the grece þat fallith þerof. take galytyne and grece and do in a possynet, whan the gees buth rosted ynowh; take an smyte hem on pecys. and þat tat is withinne and do it in a possynet and put þerinne wyne if it be to thyk. do þerto powdour of galyngale. powdour douce and salt and boyle the sawse and dresse þe Gees in disshes and lay þe sowe onoward. [Forme of Cury] Translation: Take Sage, Parsley, Hyssop, and Savory. Quinces and Pears, Garlic, and Grapes and fill the Geese with these, and sew the hole up so that no fat comes out, and roast them well. Keep any grease that comes out, take the mix and the grease and cook it in a small pot, and put in Wine if it is too thick. Add to it Powdered Galangal, Sweet Spice Powders and Salt, and boil the Sauce. Dress the Geese is dishes and lay the Sauce over. [Fo

Period Food on a UDS

 I took the Drum Smoker to the Principality of Cynagua May Coronet 2023 and prepared several period dishes on it.  This is a post i made to Facebook at the end of the event. ----- Can you cook Medieval/Renaissance food on a Drum Smoker? Why, Yes! Yes you can. Scappi Ribs hanging in the UDS Along with period food, I'm also into BBQ. One of my goals was to build a Drum Smoker. It got me thinking, "Could this be applied to period food?" Specifically, bigger cuts of meat that would be cooked in fireplaces or an oven. Also, open fire is a particular danger and is mostly prohibited at event sites. I don't want to accidentally set CA on fire. A Drum Smoker is fully contained and can be easily shut down. It is al also portable . . . ish. It's large, but can easily put in a trailer along with other SCA camping gear. Friday Night: (Sauce Madame (Whole Chicken with Fruit and Herb Stuffing)) Friday went a bit Sideways. After getting camp set up, I find that I lef

UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker)

Drum Smoker Beta .57. I started this project last fall, but had to put it on hold during the long cold snowy winter but it should be fully ready for eventing shortly. I still need to purchase a few parts for it including an exhaust chimney. I already have a Rotisserie to be installed. Final painting of the exterior will come later this year.   Along with Medieval Cooking, I also really enjoy BBQ.  The UDS provides me the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.  There are some Medieval recipes that I would like to make at events that require an Oven, Rotisserie, or something other than a Camp Stove or Bed of Coals.  Like Alton Brown, I don't want to bring a bunch of Unitaskers to an event unless I'm working a specific demo.  This build includes three 1 inch air intakes.  The Exhast Chimney will be 2 inches.  The Firebox was created by chopping down my old Bullet Smoker.  With the three 1 inch intakes, I believe I can get the temperature over 400 degrees which

Beef with Harvest Sauce

Translation: If you want to cook with a harvest sauce, prepare the meat like I told you. Put parsley roots,  (parsley) leaves and onions into it. After it’s cooked, add six or seven eggs, according to your needs. After you’re done, put the eggs into vinegar and start whipping it. Then pour the meat’s juices into it. Pour it onto the meat again, but don’t boil it; if you boil it, its size will suffer. [ The Science of Cooking ] Ingredients: Beef ( Bottom Roast) Salt ½ Parsley Root Parsnip diced ½ Yellow Onion diced Butter 3 Eggs 2 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar ¼ – ½ Cup Beef Broth (if needed) Interpretation: Salt the Beef. Roughly Dice Parsnip and Onion. Saute Parsnip and Onion until transluscent in a Dutch Oven. Add Beef. If you don’t think that the Beef will produce enough drippings, add Beef Broth. When Beef is done, remove the Beef and tent it. Separate the Onions and Parsnip from the Broth. Set up a Double Boiler with a Stockpot with Water in it and a Mixing Bowl on top and place over