Medieval Food

Includes the foods, eating habits, and cooking methods of various European cultures during the Middle Ages, a period roughly dating the 5th to the 16th century.

1) So many people died of the Bubonic Plague that there was suddenly a lot of food available, so peasants had access to foods such as wheat and meat, where before they were only available to the wealthy.

2) In this period of time they had two meals a day lunch and dinner, because they were thought to be enough. It was considered weak minded to break the overnight fast too quickly after waking up, so most people ( with the exception of children, the elderly and the ill) avoided breakfast.

3) A commonly used food was a trencher, which was a early version of plates- think bread bowls! The thick stew or meat would be laid on the flat piece of bread, and after the bread had soaked up all the juices from the main dish, it could be eaten too!

Medieval food is related to the Middle Ages because they both had some of the same types of foods, rituals, and cooking methods that both made an impact on this time in history.

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