The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #42119   Message #610873
Posted By: SeanM
16-Dec-01 - 04:16 AM
Thread Name: WHY 4 & 20 Blackbirds baked in a pie?
Subject: RE: WHY 4 & 20 Blackbirds baked in a pie?
I'm with LTS and Rowena on this one.

Somewhere in storage I've a Renaissance period cookbook with the recipe for "Blackbird Pie". It's exactly as Liz thought - baked with dried beans or another non-volatile weight inside, then filled chock full o'pissed off birds before serving. The methods seem to vary - the "bake the shell separate" makes MUCH more sense to me than the cookbook's "cut an opening, insert birds, replace opening" method. Then again, I'd imagine said birds would have their own opinions on the entire matter.

As to the rest of the 'disguised' foods...

At the renfaire I work at, they used to (many moons ago in better financial times) host a "period foods" cooking contest. The one that will always stick in my mind was the Golden Apples of Meat. Basically, meat ground and formed into an apple shape, coated with a pastry shell to further fill it into the correct shape, then painted with something before baking to give it the correct color for a pale green apple. They looked FANTASTIC. Honestly, even from close range, they looked VERY real.

Them wacky English...