Category Archives: Food/Cooking

Medieval garlic and bile potion kills MRSA superbug

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Could a 1,000-year-old concoction be the answer to stopping superbugs? Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert at the University of Nottingham, found the recipe for a remedy for eye infections in a 10th Century medical volume called Bald’s Leechbook, one of the earliest known medical textbooks. The instructions were clear — clear enough to follow today…

The diet of the Scots army that defeated King Edwards II’s troops at the Battle of Bannockburn

Battle of Bannockburn

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, researchers have found out what lined the bellies of Scots troops as they rallied against the English in 1314. They say an army marches on its stomach. And to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, researchers have found out what lined the…

9 Medieval Love Potions People Actually Used,You May Be Disgusted

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Love potions were popular in many cultures in the past and are still commonly used in regions such as Zimbabwe, where traditional healers sell their happiness-in-a-bottle for $40 to $70. The herbs in some love potion recipes do have real physical effects related to romance—they can produce excitement, euphoria, or simply a pleasant scent that…

Eat like a Teutonic Knight

Eat like a Teutonic Knight: Cherry Soup

“A soup like this is not the work of one man. It is the result of a constantly refined tradition. There are nearly a thousand years of history in this soup.” Willa Cather, ‘Death Comes for the Archbishop’ (1927) Our friends over at Battle Castle are having a medieval soup challenge! Writer Nicole Tomlinson was…

Pepper and cumin paid the rent in Olde England

Research by Susan Francia, published in The Local Historian, shows that many rents were paid in cumin. Landlords would accept a pound of pepper and another of cumin for a year’s tenancy. This practice continued for centuries during the medieval warm period, suggesting the climate was good enough for the spice to be grown here….

New medieval pub in Northampton will sell wild boar and pigeon pie

A medieval theme bar could soon open on the site of a former Northampton estate agents. Businessman Paul Hepworth was yesterday granted a licence by Northampton Borough Council to run Olde England on the corner of Kettering Road and Hood Street near the Racecourse. During a 90-minute hearing at the Guildhall, Mr Hepworth told the…

Heston Blumenthal goes medieval as he brings spit-roasting to Knightsbridge hotel

From space-age molecular gastronomy to medieval recipes dating back 700 years. Today Heston Blumenthal revealed how he is putting aside test tubes, lab coats and liquid nitrogen and replacing them with giant spits and low-tech clockwork machinery in his first London restaurant. The chef, who won three Michelin stars at the Fat Duck in Bray,…

Medieval diet aids healthy eating message

The Horrible Histories series has been a great success in teaching children about the lives of the Romans, Aztecs and Egyptians, among others. But could history also hold the key to encouraging our children to eat better? Dr Iona McCleery, a lecturer in medieval history at Leeds University, believes it could help experts tackle the…

Eel or pigeon pizzas to awaken medieval tastebuds

English Heritage has joined forces with Pizza Hut to bring back the tastes of the middle ages in the form of medieval inspired pizza. As part of a month celebrating medieval feasting at the Great Tower at Dover Castle this September, the leading restaurant chain has helped create medieval variations of three of their most…