Some of the most helpful books we used in planning were :
"A Medieval Feast" by Aliki [picture book]
"A Medieval Home Companion" by Tania Bayard
One thing that I really liked was the heavy use of herbs for flavoring. Also, the use of flatbread 'trenchers' as plates is sensible; I guess it's kind of like an ancestor to the sandwich.
Kapitelhusgården in Visby, Gotland, Sweden is one example.
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From Anglo-Norman trenchour, from Old Northern French trencheor (French tranchoir), from trenchier (“to cut, to carve”).
i knew it
If anyone plans to take this on, I can provide some advice beyond the article. First off, we've found that smaller groups work better. Too many people and it becomes a louder forum. Also, most newcomers pass out a short way into Two Towers. Make sure you're rested up. It may seem like you're simply sitting for several hours, but it is long and unusually exhausting. Also, too much of that previously mentioned wine and ale will only assist the dozing. Pace yourself if you're including drinks. Have the food prepped early in the day (hour before you start at least) and scheduled to bring out at certain times to help minimize delays. The biggest delay is bathroom breaks. We have these scheduled at the disc swaps, but emergency stops are understandable. If you're watching with a group, decide whether commentary should be included or not. Some people like to make jokes and quote lines the whole way through while others get really into it and just want to watch. It's helpful to determine which group you are early on. If you're in the quiet camp, know that there is almost no one talking by the end. Even if you're the most heartless person, after sitting through and watching the Fellowship's struggles, few people can refrain from welling up after Aragorn says "My friends...".
> Sam’s advice on potatoes - “boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew” - also inspired us to serve a triple side dish of new potatoes, cooked in the ways prescribed.
Fair warning: don't eat too much of it while you're sitting still. It tastes good, but depending on how you make it it can have a lot of calories.
For my money, this is one of the best moments in the trilogy, if only for the haunting implication that orcs understand the concept of a menu. There will come a blog post where I consider the idea that orcs have a cultural memory of a more civilised existence. Where I wonder if maybe they are good people who have been woefully misrepresented in a history told by its victors. But it is not this blog post.
That would be 'The Last Ringbearer' 
> Before Oromë first found the Elves at Cuiviénen, Melkor enslaved some of them and cruelly tortured them, turning them into Orcs.
Of course, like all answers this just poses more questions.
Edit: Ha ha! That was the Hobbit! That's why it's not in there :-P
That sounds like pretty bad mead; most I've had has been more like brandy than kombucha.
Sometimes because of the acid balance and lack of nutrients, the mead fermentation will stall or finish early. That's just the way it goes. Give it lots and lots of time. I had one that took 2 years to ferment out and even then it wasn't quite done. I ended up with a really wonderful (if serendipitous) sparkling sweet mead. Do a primary fermentation in a large vessel, but while it is still off gassing, transfer it to a smaller vessel with a small amount of headspace (a small carbouy or soda keg is perfect). If you have soda kegs, it's nice to presurise the tank a bit after racking, then bleed it off and finally put in an airlock. This will get rid of the oxygen. Do a bulk secondary for as long as you can (even 1 to 2 years is not unreasonable). Personally, I like a little bit of autolysis flavour in my mead -- a bit like good champagne.
Mead ages very, very well. As long as the bottles don't have excess oxygen, you can age them for many years and they just get better over time. If you have a dry mead, you can bottle condition it to get a sparkling mead and I highly recommend it.
I can kind of see the konbucha reference, but I suspect that you probably used a recipe with a lot of adjuncts. That's not bad, but I recommend trying a straight mead if you can. I love mead, but I have not once tried a commercial mead that was any good -- at least compared to what my friend used to make and a few good batches that I made with his advice.
I'd love to make a mead here in Japan, but it illegal and also 500g of local honey costs between $10-$20! I think legally I'm allowed to make 1 liter, so I could probably afford that ;-)
Peter Jackson's presentation of it in the movies though... yeah. No ambiguity there. His hobbits were blazed 24/7.
Judicious quantities of pipe weed would also keep your appetite sharp for all the other food you're going to eat :)
Nephew (approx 10 year old): Uncle Tony! Uncle Tony! We found a weed pipe downstairs!!!
Nephew: Come look!
I went downstairs, ready to be horrified at a conversation I didn't want to have with the kid. Sure enough, he had found some giant ornate tobacco pipe.
Nephew: Gandalf would love this! He could smoke pipe weed all day!
How do Orcs know what a menu is?
I haven't rewatched the trilogy in a few years and my grandma just passed away. I've also been working on some ideas to challenge the rise of Mordor.
Hypothetically or metaphorically or ........?
I knew this is where they would have trouble. Its the most mentioned food in the book, but doesn't really have a good description of what it actually is.
His descriptions of the places are more definitive.
From postings to rec.arts.books.tolkien by BThompson <williamt-aaaaaaat-lamar-dawt-colostate.edu>, dated 11 April and 18 September 1995.
Has anyone else noticed the apparent similarities between Lembas and Hostess Twinkies? Please consider the following:
1) Both are lightly-baked cakes with creme filling.
2) Both are hermetically-sealed in some type of wrapper (mallorn leaf for lembas and malleable plastic leaf for Twinkies).
3) Both will remain fresh if their wrapping remains unbroken (in fact, Twinkies are reputed to have a shelf-life of several million years either in or out of their wrapping).
Are lembas an early prototype for the modern-day Twinkies? Any and all comments are welcome.
...to be clear, I kinda liked those things. Kinda.
so biscuits brown is probably a good image.
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