Fast and Feast: A Taste of Easter Past

22nd-26th March 2021

Medieval Food for Lent and Easter – from Eat Medieval

Join Andy Hook (Blackfriars Restaurant) and Professor Giles Gasper (Durham University) for a journey to medieval Lent and Easter, with recipes from English, French, and Catalan collections. The master chefs of Blackfriars, Chris Wardale and Craig Nicholson will bring you a taste of Easter Past, with fish dishes, pies, venison, beef, vegetables, pigeon and lots more besides.

No Easter bunnies, but we do have eggs that are not, in fact, eggs, desserts, and spiced wines.

With musical examples, films, podcasts, and recipe commentaries from the academic team, and filming from Alan Fentiman, we have an Easter treat in store. Medieval Food for the Modern Restaurant – come and enjoy!

Book Now through Blackfriars Restaurant

£125 per person (discount codes apply)

Once your booking is made we will send you, at least two weeks before the course a code to unlock pages on this website for your list of ingredients, some advice on quantities and sourcing, and historical outlines of the recipes. A second code will follow for access to the main course.

Outline Schedule

Day 1Introduction
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Eat Medieval:
Viande ‘of Cyprus’ for Lent
Boiled Pike, Salmon, or Trout
Eyroun in lentyn (Eggs in Lent)

All Live at 5.30pm UK time (GMT)
Learn Medieval:
Film: Medieval Easter Customs
Podcast: The Culinary Collections:
England, France and Catalunya
Live Zoom Q&A
9.00am-10.30am UK time (GMT)
Summary
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Day 2Introduction
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Roasted and Boiled Bream
Pottage on a Fish Day
Spynoches yfryed and
Benes yfryed 
(Fried Spinach and Beans)

(Pre-recorded)
Film: Easter in the Medieval Church
Film: Medieval England
Live Zoom Q&A
7.30pm-9.00pm UK time (GMT)
Summary
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Day 3Introduction
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Chewets: Flesshe and Fyssh Days
Peiouns ystewed
(Stewed Pigeon)
Brouet of Eggs
Spiced Wine

(Pre-recorded)
Film: Medieval France
Film: Medieval Landscapes
Live Zoom Q&A
9.00am-10.30am UK time (GMT)
Summary
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Day 4Introduction
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Beef or Venison Collops
Pastanagat (Carrot mash))
Kuskenole

(Pre-recorded)
Film: Medieval Aragon & Catalunya
Film: Medieval Literature
Live Zoom Q&A
7.30pm-9.00pm UK time (GMT
)
Summary
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Day 5Introduction
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
Roast Lamb
Albergínies (Aubergines)
Dariolles

(Pre-recorded)
Film: Medieval Records and Food
Podcast: Food for Thought
Live Zoom Q&A
7.30pm-9.00pm UK time (GMT
Summary
Andy and Giles
(Pre-recorded)
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