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1 08, 2017

Medieval food with recipes – European food in the Middle Ages

By |2019-09-13T06:48:25-07:00August 1st, 2017|Medieval|14 Comments

Medieval food: A man ladles porridge from a large pot over a fire Poor people's food was boring! In the Middle Ages in Europe, what people ate depended a lot on how rich they were. Poor people (which was almost everybody) ate mainly barley, or in some places oats. What's barley like? All about the history of [...]

23 06, 2017

History of rye bread – Central Asia

By |2018-04-16T12:29:35-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Central Asia, Food|0 Comments

A field of rye growing Like barley and wheat, rye's a kind of grass that is a good source of carbohydrates for people. Rye is different from the other grains mainly in that it will grow much further north, in colder climates, and in poorer soils. So people who lived further north, in [...]

20 06, 2017

What was the Little Ice Age?

By |2018-04-19T14:47:22-07:00June 20th, 2017|Environment|0 Comments

Rice paddy with a Chinese man planting rice During the later Middle Ages, the climate all over the world was a little warmer than usual, just by a few degrees. We call this the Medieval Warm Period. In the Americas, the warm weather caused the Mexica people to move south into Mexico, and [...]

31 05, 2017

Food in Early Central Asia

By |2019-03-09T07:36:09-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Food|0 Comments

Dried sour yogurt balls in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (thanks to Jeff and Becca Zanatta) Central Asian meat and dairy The nomads who lived in Central Asia, like the Scythians, the Mongols and the Turks, mostly lived on the meat and milk from their big herds of cattle. They ate a lot of yogurt and cheese [...]