This short video clip of a medieval kitchen fireplace was filmed at the castle of St. Mesmin in the Vendée, France.
The original castle was 13th century and visitors to the site today can see many examples of what it was like to live in a medieval fortress. There is a simple essence to this style of small castle kitchen and it offers a wonderful insight into what essential, basic cooking must have been like for medieval people. Certainly, it is one of the best little medieval kitchens I have seen to date.
Medieval Kitchen – Cauldron Recipes
When you watch the video look out for the cauldron which stands in the fireplace. It may not look much, but a cauldron was one of the most important items in a medieval kitchen and, what’s more, it was used for cooking all kinds of recipes. Two of the most common recipes that would have graced a medieval cauldron were recipes for making vegetable pottage and a meat stew.
I developed my own cabbage pottage and medieval beef stew recipes and since I first published them many years ago, they have become amongst the most popular on this webite! To me this proves two things – that people’s basic tastes have not really changed over the centures and that it doesn’t mater whether you have a cauldron or not!
For more medieval recipes please visit my Recipes Grid. From bread to fish and chicken dishes, medieval mushy peas and my favourite: medieval gingerbread!