Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th December

Interactive online 3-day cookery course | £65 per person

Eat Medieval is  partnership between Blackfriars Restaurant and Durham University's Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), Northern England: steeped in history and working with the best of modern cuisine. 

This is a time-travelling culinary journey to Christmas past. Chefs from Blackfriars Restaurant and academics from Durham University and further afield will help you make your own medieval Christmas feast.

Medieval food was sophisticated with a wonderful mixture of local ingredients and spices from the caravans and traders across the Steppes, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean.

We take the record of the Bishop of Hereford's Christmas Feast of 1289 as a starting point: wild boar, partridge, beef, goose, and venison (with plenty of substitutions and vegetarian alternatives), and to these we'll add recipes for sweet treats and spiced wine - Clary. A number of these can be drawn from an almost exact contemporary recipe collection from England; others we will take from slightly later collections.

We'll explain the primary medieval recipe, the chefs will then show you their own modern interpretations inspired by the original with a little Christmas magic sprinkled over for good measure. And there will be explanatory films on Christmas in medieval literature, its customs, practice, and significance, as well as a close-up on the Christmas Feast of 1289.  Come and join us and give your Christmas table something a little different this year! 

Blackfriars is the perfect venue for the course. Housed in the medieval buildings of a Dominican Priory, chefs Chris and Craig, and owner Andy Hook, join forces with Professor Giles Gasper and colleagues from Durham University and further afield, to bring you this Taste of Christmas Past.

WHERE: This is an online course for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own kitchen!

ACCESS: Before the course starts, you’ll receive a code for pages on our website. The first code will unlock your shopping list, and some substitutes for the more unusual ingredients, so you can buy the necessary food you’ll be cooking at home. The second code will unlock the recipes, pre-recorded films - from chefs and scholars, as well as suggested reading and other online resources which will be available throughout. 

TIMES: We have a live cookery session on Monday plus Zoom Q&A sessions on the Tuesday and Wednesday - all at 17.00 GMT. In terms of allocating yourself sufficient time to enjoy the course, there will be a daily introduction and summary, a couple of short academic films plus short films of the chefs cooking - both live and pre-records - for which we suggest you might allow up to two hours in total per day. And time for your own cooking - so up to 3 or 4 hours per day in total. 

INCLUDES: Each day will include recipes and explanatory films on medieval food and culture, as well conversation with Andy, Giles, and their friends. 

By the end you’ll be able to … Eat Medieval!

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