Thursday, 12 March 2009

Off To Market Jigedy Jig!

Off to the 'original reenactors market' tomorrow....have a look if there's anything new being made out there and pick up a few more contacts be honest it's a bit of a chore, but I am also going to look for stuff for the newly presented routes in the Palace as well, so that bit could be quite fun....the rest is usually a bit of a drag though, looking at quite a lot of cack with the odd nice thing sprinkled around, it is a good chance to catch up with people that you don't get to see very often though and it'll make a nice change to get out and about.

After that it'll be back on with the report and then start putting together plans for the Easter cookery....all of which I'll let you know as and when I sort the menus out (it'll be a full weekend of sit down meals though, that is for certain)

I've looked through all the pictures that I took over the weekend and this is the sum total that you haven't yet seen....

cooked pies

It's some of the pies after they were cooked. It's not much I know, but the rest of the pictures I took were specifically for the report and don't make interesting know the sort of thing I'm sure, recording data collection etc. etc.
Perhaps when the report is in I'll pop some up, but who knows.

Off to bed now, you never know tomorrow may be an exciting day.....but I don't hold out too much hope.


Doc said...

The pie-making video was great, but leads me to a question (or two, or three).

Have you tried making a pie using a hoop (like a spring-form pan) to hold the dough in shape as it's filled? The process would be similar to what was done in the video, but possibly quicker and easier.

Also, have you come across anything that would suggest they might have done this in the medieval period?

Elise Fleming said...

Have you found any wooden "pie formers"? They come in a variety of sizes from small chewitts to much larger. They're made of wood, cylindrical, and have a sort of knob at the top to use as a handle. The dough can either be rolled out and then pushed up around the "former" as it sits in the middle of the dough, or the small "former" can be held upright in one's hand with a blob of dough placed on top and then pressed downwards around the cylinder, When it reaches the proper "height", the excess is cut off, the cylinder is inverted and the dough "coffin" is slipped off, filled, and a lid placed on.

I believe that those "formers" (I don't know what their actual name might have been) were used in the 1600s and 1700s. Since they are so low tech, it would seem feasible that they were used earlier. But, being cylindrical pieces of wood, perhaps most never survived.

medievalpaint said...

Elise, there are references to wooden cylinders for forming pie cases in Forme of Cury I believe, but will check with his Tudorness. It may be later....mmm scratches head.