A medieval Italian meal

Year 5 A&B – Morelli School – Ravenna, Italy

…Meat pies filled with pork, beef, raisins and dates, topped with whole chicken pieces; soups flavored with wine and thickened with almonds; vegetables and fruit marinated in wine, honey, & herbs and savory sauces & stews of all varieties! Venison pies & rabbit in gravy; beef roasts, stuffed goose, & fish marinated in wine; sweet pastries fried in oil, fruit confections, and sculptures made of sugar - this is the food of the Middle Ages!

Per fare dece menestre:

togli octo ova et meza libra de caso grattugiato,
et un pane grattato, et mescola ogni cosa insieme.

Dapoi togli una pignatta con brodo di carne

giallo di zafrano et ponila al focho;

et como comincia a bollire getta dentro quella materia,

et dagli una volta col cocchiaro.

Et como te pare che sia presa toglila dal focho,

et fà le menestre, et mitivi de le spetie di sopra.

Chicken broth
Parmesan cheese
Hard bread
Spice nutmeg

Boil the chicken broth. While it boils, flavor it with saffron, making it yellow! Beat two eggs in a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and two tablespoons of bread crumbs. Mix everything together and, when the broth begins to boil, pour the mixture into the pan. Mix vigorously immediately, so that the egg and other ingredients bind, divided into many pieces. Add the other spices and serve it!

Herbed Roast Pork
Boneless pork loin or thigh
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Dried thyme

Rub pork loin with garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, then sprinkle with pepper; wrap it around the lard; place pork loin in roasting pan. Roast it, grill it or broil it! Enjoy it!

Apple Mash
Cooking apples
White wine
Lemon peel

Peel, core, and slice apples. Place in a pot with the lemon peel and a pinch of cinnamon. Cook with the white wine. Cook until soft. Strain, drain and mash thoroughly.

Almond milk
A slice of toasted bread
Orange flower water
Soak the almonds in water overnight; drain the water from the almonds; mix all the ingredients together and boil for five minutes; strain…get cold and serve!

Did you know…?
J Rich people usually ate spiced game
J Poor people ate legumes instead
J At the table the lord was sit in a higher chair
J After their meals people cleaned their hands on dogs’ coats or on table clothes. They also could wash their hands with rose water.
J Dogs were free to walk around the tables and eat bones.
J Salt was very rare and for this reason very expensive. Venice enriched itself with spices and salt trade. Salt was used as money and swap. For this reason guests had to ask the permission to the king for using the salt.
J The plate was made by bread
J They cleaned their noses with their hands. Hands were cleaned on their clothes…
J They used to pass just one knife for everyone and usually drink in a glass each two…