Step back in time and savour the flavours of a medieval feast. The girls from ‘Forgotten Fare’ will be here on today’s course to show you how Christmas was celebrated in Medieval times.
A medieval Christmas was a time for family, food and feasting. No gift-giving as we know it today as it was primarily a religious celebration. However, once this was done, it was a time for food, frivolity and fun! For most people food was rather modest, but for the rich and royal huge amounts of money were spent on a vast array of wines, spices and imported foods. Christmas preparations might begin as early as the 1st November and your first guests might arrive as early as 1st December. Christmas celebrations lasted the full 12 days of Christmas.
On today’s course we will aim to celebrate Christmas in a more modest medieval way, yet still enjoy the festive fun and feasting! You will make your own aromatic Parsley Bread (a semi-sweet herby bread of a delicate shade of green), a Christmas Frumenty containing dried fruits, spices and oats, and Medieval Gingerbread. You will also learn to make Marchpane (marzipan) to make sculptures of fruits and animals. And it wouldn’t be a medieval Christmas without Hippocras – a honeyed spiced wine – you will be able to make this yourself – and sample it too!
Lunch will be a medieval pottage – accompanied by honeyed spiced wine.