Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Medieval Cookery Column

My previous post was about fish and fishing and by coincidence I came across a collection of posts about medieval cookery from Medieval Histories which may appeal to readers. Drawn from across Europe there are several about great feasts, and about Christmas fare - including several ways to cook your own goose (sic) - not to mention mulled wine, Irish ‘bog butter’, and boiled Sturgeon. I will reassure Scottish readers this is not an intended assault on the person of the First Minister.

The posts, with recipes, can be found at Medieval Food Archives — Medieval Histories

I will add that during ‘lockdown’ I have discovered the pleasures of watching various YouTube programmes about medieval, as well as ancient and more recent recipes. I will post about those in coming days.

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