9693Re: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] New set of challenges, sort of, maybe
- Mar 15, 2013Needle cases, dice, gaming pieces, decorative pins, beads, and flutes among
other things. I think that the Museum of London has a needle case made out
of the bone of a large bird (probably a goose.) Finds on the Mary Rose
include bone rosary beads. Another excellent reference for bone finds is:
The Archaeology of York: Vol. 17: Small finds: bone, antler, ivory and
horn from AngLo-Scandinavian and medieval York. by A. MacGregor, A.J. Mainman
and N.S>H. Rogers.
I got the book out on interlibrary loan last summer and really enjoyed it.
In a message dated 3/15/2013 1:03:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
A friend (a long-ago member of the local shire) and I are getting up enough
energy to think about making charcuterie and salume and terrines and such.
("Huh?" Fancy-shmancy terms for meat things that aren't roasts or steaks,
aka smoked, cured, dry-cured, chopped, sliced, diced, ground, herbed,
salted, and spiced-for-long-term-storage of meat - prosciutto, coppa,
motdadella, salami, sausages, blood sausages, etc., etc., etc.)
We've got a few cookbooks concerning all that, but they're all modern
cookboooks, and what quote traditional unquote recipes they contain are of the
"well, my grandfather learned this from his mother's aunt, who swears it
goes back generations" type. Rumors rather than actual dates, in other words.
I'm wondering, therefore, if anyone here might have a good reference or
two to _period_ sausage recipes. French, German, Italian, English, Scottish,
Hungarian, whatever. And not only recipes, but also which cuts of which
animals, if such information exists.
....and while I'm on it, is there an article or two out there somewhere
about what uses bones could be put to? Not ivory, just bones, and not for
stock-making but for decorative and/or useful objects. I vaguely remember dice
and combs; are there any others?
(Well, okay, maybe ivory, if teeth from a cow's or a sheep's jaw could be
considered "ivory". Surely they must have been used for _something_,
Alban, wondering how soon a half-cow could disappear into edibles
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