Posts tagged ‘Middle-Ages’

December 15, 2013

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Wassail is a beverage dating back to the Middle Ages. The word is derived from Old Norse, meaning “in good health.” This evolved into visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health. The actual ingredients in traditional wassail are widely disputed. This could be attributable to the fact that festive bands who traveled from home to home often replenished the bowl with whatever liquid refreshment was available. While one home might have apple cider, another might have spirits of a stronger sort such as ale, wine or hard cider. Most modern recipes for wassail use hot apple cider simmered with spices and sweetened with honey.

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October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

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Trick or treating,  began in the Middle-Ages, children and sometimes poor adults would dress up  in costumes and go around door to door  begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers, often said on  behalf of the dead.  This was called “souling” and the children were called  “soulers”.  The food given was most often soul cakes, which was a small round cake that represented a soul being freed from Purgatory when the cake was eaten.

Source: www.blog.smithsonianmag.com