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Eat Medieval: A Taste of the Past

(2 October 2020)

We would like to invite you to join our very first online, interactive cookery school, delivered in partnership with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle between Monday 2 - Friday 6 November. The cost for the course is £99pp (£69.30 with exclusive discount code ZINZIBERDURHAM). Our academic experts will take you through the history of the period and reveal just how much we can know about the past through its food. For full details, please visit our web page.

During this week-long online course, we'll take you on a gastronomic journey through 15 recipes from the earliest medieval recipe collection, dating from 1170, originally composed by the monks at Durham Cathedral Priory. We'll move from spiced ginger sauce to herb relishes, and from pepper and garlic condiments, to accompany all manner of meat, fish and vegetables, to a medieval spiced wine, the amazing digestif Hypocras.

With the help of professional chefs, you'll get top tips on how to prepare the dishes, cooking techniques, and balancing flavours. This isn't re-enactment cooking but learning how to bring a ‘Taste of the Past’ to life! At the end of the week we’ll give you a set of recipes for a dinner party or medieval banquet that you can cook at home.