Home-cured bacon

Bacon seems to have been produced in large quantities, at least by the Saxons. This recipe, while being a modern variation, makes use of ingredients that where available at the time and is based loosely on an old Yorkshire bacon cure.

Pinnekjot

A very tasty old Norse preservation method. Once used to transport meat over large distances. In modern Norway this is part of a traditional Norwegian Yule feast

Honey & oat cakes

During the Viking era, sweet foods would have been rare, with one of the only sweeteners, honey, being an expensive commodity, saved for only the wealthy or those stupid enough to raid wild bee hives.

The kidnap of Idun

‘OK’ said the eagle ‘Bring me Idun, and her magical fruits that keep the Gods looking so youthful.’

The marriage of Njord & Skadi

Loki grabbed a rope, tied one end to a goat and the other end to his, erm… manhood. What followed was one of the most painful games of tug of war that anyone has ever witnessed

Thors goats

Thor’s goats It had been a good days travel, and Thor and Loki had started out early. But even gods need to rest and more importantly said Thor ‘I need to eat!’ They happened upon a small holding and decided to ask the farmer if they could stop for the night, in exchange Thor would…

The first story

This is a story of fire, and ice. I’ve embellished it a bit, but that’s my right. Before the world is here, before grass, or sand, or cool waves, there is only fire, and ice, and the gap. When the fire meets the ice in the middle of the gap, great rivers grow, roofed with…

Split pea pottage

Pottage would have been quite a common food for the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Often left in the pot for days or even weeks

Traditional wood ash soap making

This is an idea I have been meaning to try for quite a long time, but to be honest I was put off by the long processing time and complex method involved. Having now tried it – its not that hard and though it does take some time to produce a usable soap, it doesn’t take that much actual work.

Char cloth

Char cloth is used to light fires with just a spark. It works incredibly well and burns very hot. It’s also easy to make and can be used for authentic fire lighting for reenactment purposes or as a lightweight item for survivalists and prepers.

Buttered turnips

The latest in my blogs of historical recipes for Viking and Saxon reenactment

Christmas tree whisk (Tvare)

Traditional Scandinavian tvare whisks date back to at least the 9th century. The old Norse word for them was þvara. The word tvare, means ‘mixing’ though they would have been used for mashing, as well as stirring porridge and stew. As these were custom made the size of the handle varied for its user, as…

Pork & Barley stew

This is a great recipe, made using ingredients only available in the Early medieval Viking and Saxon times. Great cooked over a real fire, although it will obviously work just as well in the Kitchen

Crisp breads

Ingredients: 300g flour (plus a little extra for dusting the worktop) 10g Salt 10g Cumin, caraway or fennel seeds (roughly ground in a pestle & mortar) water Method: Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl. Slowly add water and mix to form a dough. Flour your worktop with a little flour and roll the…