In Which I Make a Medieval Braggot

I have been wanting to make a braggot since I first heard about them years ago. And now seemed like a good time to give it a go. I first thought of making one using a modern commercial beer, but then thought it might be better to use a medieval ale. So what I ended […]

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Medieval English Small Ale

Historical beer cooking is back! And right out of the gate, I decided to make a medieval English braggot, which is not mixing ale with mead but is, in fact, mixing ale with honey, and then also maybe some other booze once it’s done. More on that in the next post. I wasn’t sure whether […]

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In Which I Make a 17th-century Posset

Happy Christmas Eve to all who celebrate, and a Good Yule and Merry Solstice. So continuing on my current kick of making all the hot ale drinks I can find, for this week’s task, I opted to make a posset. Why a posset this week? Well, this time of year signals the return of one […]

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16th-Century Butter Beer

I made butter beer! No, not the wizard version, but the real late 16th and early 17th-century stuff made with sugar, warming spices, eggs, and you guessed it, butter. It has been absolutely freezing this week and so the thoughts of a hot beverage to ward off the chill sounded like an excellent idea. Also, […]

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Walnut and Beer Catsup

I love ketchup. Love the stuff, put it on so very many things. Eggs, grilled cheese, burgers, nearly everything can be improved with a little bit of the red sauce. However much I love tomato ketchup, I had never tried, nor even heard of, walnut ketchup, which apparently is quite a thing. Also mushroom ketchup. […]

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A Tale of Two Soppes Dorre

On the back of last week’s cock-ale, I wanted to make something I was a wee bit more sure about. This dish, Soppes Dorre, appears throughout medieval and early modern books about cooking. There are at least 10 recipes I could find easily in my search and I am going to prepare two of them […]

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‘A Provocative Drink’: Historical Beer Cooking Recipe 2

Elynour Rummyng, an Early Modern fictional alewife, mixed hen’s droppings with ale to create a potion designed to make the drinker appear two or more years younger. In this week’s historical beer cooking, we recreate her recipe. Well kinda. I’m not particularly interested in acquiring food poisoning. But, I did think it would be fun to […]

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I Recreated a Four-Thousand-Year-Old Ale

A bit of background if you haven’t read my last two posts. I fell down a rabbit hole of epic proportions procrastinating researching cuneiform tablets and their inscriptions on beer. I used the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative, which is an internet archive for cuneiform tablets from all over the world. This is an excellent resource […]

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