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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Eat Medieval: A Taste of the Past Online Cookery School

2nd November 2020, 09:00 to 6th November 2020, 17:00

This interactive online 5-day cookery course is delivered in partnership with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


Times displayed above are a guide only. Online resources will be available throughout the week of the course. We have two live cookery sessions and Zoom Q&A sessions. As far as possible, live sessions will be organised to be as flexible as possible, in order to acccommodate those joining us from around the world.


£99 per person. Exclusive discount code(s) are from time to time made available to IMEMS Members via our mailing list; to sign up complete our online form.


Medieval food was one of the great cuisines of the world: sophisticated and a wonderful mixture of local ingredients and spices from the caravans and traders across the Steppes, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean.

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. 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.

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.

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