If I remember the documentation, the "4 and 20 blackbirds" of song
and rhyme was actually served at a feast in period as a sudility
I have seen it done with butterflies.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, bronwynmgn@... wrote:
> In a message dated 11/26/2008 6:36:01 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> jwlundgren@... writes:
> <<2 questions:
> 1) does anyone have a period recipe for minced meat (including
> that they have actually used and served to others? I was thinking
> trying it for an SCA MidWinter event. >>
> I don't know of one that is called mincemeat specifically, but most
> meat pies include both meat and fruit in them, and are very tasty.
> a number of them myself and eaten ones made by others. You can
find a lot of
> tried and true recipes here
> I usually recommend the Medieval and Renaissance Food homepage at
> but the pbm.com website seems to be down at the moment.
> <<2) Does anyone remember a child's fairy tale about a king eating
> bird pie? I am American and my husband is swedish and we both have
> vague recollection and it's driving us nuts. No, I won't make a pie
> blackbird, but poultry is not out of the question if the recipe
> doable. >>
> It's very likely that the "4 and 20 blackbirds baked in a pie"
> actually intended to be consumed, since the rhyme also
includes "when the pie was
> opened, the birds began to sing". Probably a large pie shell was
> flour to hold its shape and then baked. Once cool, it would have
> of flour and live birds put inside, so that when the pie was opened
> table, the birds would fly out. Medieval people were fond of
spectacles such as
> this. Likey there would have been an edible poultry pie served
> spectacle as well. You will find pies calling for a variety of
birds in the
> sources I listed, as well as for vension, beef, veal, and pork.
> Brangwayna Morgan
> Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom
> Lancaster, PA
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