I'm on several email lists related to medieval history (surprising, huh?), which means that I end up reading a lot of different viewpoints and approaches towards medieval re-creation. Often simple questions explode into long, rambling discussions that border on religious wars. So I thought I'd put together a short quiz made up of carefully worded questions. In some ways the answers could reveal far more about the person answering than they would about medieval cuisine.
1. What process would you use for converting a modern recipe into a medieval one?
2. Why did medieval Europeans use a lot of spices in their cooking?
3. How did the primitive cooking equipment available in 15th century England affect the foods cooked?
4. How was the exorbitantly high cost of spices (e.g. saffron, pepper, ginger) reflected in their use in medieval England and France?
5. How was the primitive technology of the medieval period reflected in the quality of wheat flour, sugar, and salt?
6. To what degree have modern agricultural practices affected the size of poultry and eggs?
I'll give my own take on these in later posts.