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Six Food Facts


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on 23 March 2010

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Transcript of Six Food Facts

Six Facts about food in Elizabethan England By Merlin Nikodemus,
English IV, Mrs. Stewart's Class Not everyone had ovens in Elizabethan
England. A pie could be sent to a neighborhood baker to be baked in his
oven for a small charge. This was convenient, as a bad-tasting pie could be blamed on the baker's apprentice. What on earth
was the apprentice doing? He must've fallen asleep again... When large parties were
held by the nobility of England, a tremendous
amount of effort was put into the banquet dishes. They were laid out by the dozens, and sweetmeats were piled into pyramids. Now that is some food!! Gross pies were filled with live blackbirds and frogs to make things more exciting! Sometimes small boys were also inside the pies!! Luckily, the boys
were not eaten.... The fat of a sheep's tail was used to manufacture candles in medieval England. Sometimes the tail was so heavy that the sheep's owner constructed a small cart to relieve the sheep from the weight of its tail and prevent it from dragging on the ground He/She looks a bit dismayed by
its oversized rear-end... That can make
A LOT of candles... Meat was sprinkled with salt
and smoked to preserve it. However,
the meat still rotted due to the fact
of the absence of refrigerators in
medieval times. A little bit of sauce and some spices,
and this meat is as good as new, right?
No...but this is what people of Elizabethan
England did...they couldn't afford to waste
the food, so they tried to cover up the rotten
taste and ate it
A well-known delicacy in Elizabethan
England is a pastry shell made out of leeches.
The leeches would be cut open and left in a pot
to die. Upon death, they were covered with brown
bread, spiced, cooked, and served cold. Doesn't that
just look delicious? Saffron, a substance as valuable as gold, was used to
color food golden yellow. However, in combination with red
wine, one became high off it. Since eggs were forbidden by the
church during some fasting periods of the
year, people imitated eggs by mashing white
almonds with a mock yolk that was colored by saffron. This is what saffron looks like And those were the mostly
freaky facts about food during
the Elizabethan Age.
Are you hungry yet ?
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