What did medieval people eat…before tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, and microwaves? Most people had very little food, but when times were good, meals were great.
Browning chicken for a stew: These iron pots, on tripods over a trench fire, were greased by cooking bacon. The bacon itself was removed from the pot, put onto a wooden plate, and handed to hungry warriors. The fat was used to brown chicken thighs. When they were done, the cook used wooden spoons to put them on a wooden platter, and spread a snow-white linen cloth over them to keep the flies off. It was slow, hot work to brown all 40 thighs required to feed the warriors, the cooks, and the king and queen.
Making Soft Cheese: This beautiful pot, with a lid, was placed at the very edge of the fire. When it had heated enough (I forgot to ask how she could tell it was about 100 degrees), the cook poured in a small flask of wine vinegar and stirred to curdle the milk. Within an hour she had separated the curds, mixed in cumin (to hide the taste of the wine vinegar), and was ready for lunch.
Even the King and Queen enjoyed this food.
This food was prepared by and for the members of the Society for Creative Anachronism who performed at Medieval Fest in Upper Canada Village. I forgot to ask for permission to publish the pictures, but I assume that public displays are not private.