Re: Off topic, but concerned... turkeys!
- This is more about the second part of Larisa's query; the part about what
types of fowl appeared on Slavic tables. At any rate I can speak a
little about Polish. My information comes from _Food and Drink in
Medieval Poland_(or whatever that title is!) Chickens, duck, geese,
guinea hens, occasionally pigeons. It's been a while since I've read the
Domostroi, and so cannot speak to that. Perhaps someone else can speak
to the consumption of such things as peacocks and swan. I seem to
remember such things being done in Western Europe. Anyone else?
Larisa's husband isn't a turkey. A Scot and an archer,yes, a turkey, no.
Just had to add that in :)
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- From a variety of sources (including reports on archeological digs and
Chronicles), I had compiled the following list:
Chickens (and eggs), geese, ducks, and even cranes (!) made up domestic fowl.
Swans, wild geese, stork, wild ducks, black grouse, hazel grouse.
Important notes: Game and fowl had to be killed and bled. The Church forbade
eating strangled animals. I'm not really clear why.
Pigeons, doves were not eaten, because God appeared in the form of a dove at
Christ's baptism. If anyone asks, what about famine? From everything I've
learned, read, and heard, the Church was fairly understanding in hard times.
Horse meat was also avoided, and in fact, the Chronicles relate of "eating
horse meat" as a sign of extreme famine.
Bear meat was taboo. Some scholars think it may be because of an ancient bear
cult, but I haven't seen any proof of that, just speculations.
But the most remarkable thing about eating in Russia was the number of lean
and fast days, and therefore the amount and variety of fish eaten!
getting hungry all of a sudden.