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How to have a Medieval Party

Updated on June 7, 2014

Medieval Themes and Food for Entertaining

You don't have to live in the Middle Ages to be a Medieval Cook. You just need good tastebuds, an adventurous soul and the desire to produce cookery delights. Don't forget the end result of chemical-free healthy food!

A medieval party is always a fun occasion for all the family. Try these ideas yourself or select a gift designed for the Cook who likes to serve something different

Detail from "Market Woman with Vegetable Stall" : Pieter Aertsen, 1567.

As a change from Ancient Roman recipes I've been branching out into Medieval and Renaissance food.

Not peasant food of course, which was mainly cereals and as much fat as could be found to supplement a handful of root vegetables, and not sumptuous banquets prepared for monarchs either. Just good old stews, bread, fruit and baked meats, seasoned with the spices brought back from the Crusades..

Here's some ideas on a Medieval Meal for a Cook and Party Planner who is keen on the Middle Ages.

The Best Medieval Cookbook

Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks
Pleyn Delit: Medieval Cookery for Modern Cooks

I'm working my way through this one and the recipes are easy to prepare. . They've all been adapted for use in modern kitchens and thoroughly tested. Presents a wide range of foods, from appetisers and soups, to desserts and spice wine. They really are plain delightful.

Perfect for the novice ancient Cook!


Background Reading for Medieval Cooks

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Get up close and personal with every aspect of life and death in Fourteenth century England, from the highest royalty to the lowest peasant


King Henry loved these pies - A monarch who appreciated good food

Medieval Royal Recipes Tudor Mince Pie
Once upon a time the English mince pie, known as Christmas Pye, was a large dish filled with various meats. Knights returned from the Medieval Crusades with...

Medieval Spit Roasts

The Medieval Cook used cooking utensils like we have today such as frying pans, pots, kettles, and waffle irons, and a common way to cook was over an open fire with spits. In the medieval kitchen all sorts of meat went on a spit, from delicate quails to whole oxen.

These days you don't need a spit large enough to cook an ox!

Get your own portable Spit

How to Spitroast a joint of beef

Perfect Pot for the Medieval Stew

Prime Pacific 18/10 Stainless Steel 20 Quart Stock Pot With Glass Lid
Prime Pacific 18/10 Stainless Steel 20 Quart Stock Pot With Glass Lid

Perfect size for the vegetable stews to feed a family


Bread and Ale

Superb Medieval Recipes from A Game of Thrones

A Feast of Ice and Fire
You don't have to be a fan of the epic novel series A Song of Ice and Fire to relish the recipes in this delightful book. You don't even need to be an ardent medieval cook! You need a healthy appetite for a nourishing meal, some good knives, hung...

Music for Medieval Cooks

Tired of the Tourney? Music to settle the nerves after a day's jousting. Dances and Airs for medieval atmosphere and sweet music to inspire the kitchen tasters.

How about you?

What do think of older styles of cooking?

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      "Peas porridge in the pot nine days old" - wasn't that rhyme from medieval times. Don't think I'd care for any, if so. Maybe a healthy modern version. I do love stews and bread.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Love the food from medieval times. Love that the food is so healthy.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Mediaeval food - hmmm very interesting :D I like the sound of that!