Monday, September 3, 2007

Return to High Germany

First Remove
Erbsensuppe (Pea Soup)
Fischsuppe (Fish Soup)
Rindbraten mit Minzsauce (Beef Roast with Mint Sauce)
Lauchgemüse (Leek Greens)

Second Remove
Gefüllten Spanferkel (Stuffed Pork)
Rehbraten (Deer Ragout)
Ausgebackene Morcheln (Baked Mushrooms)
Mohrrübe mit Pomeranzengemüse (Carrots with Orange Sauce)
Sauerkirschen Ausgebacken (Baked Sour Cherry)

Gänsebraten mit Leber-Apfel-Sauce (Roast Goose with Liver Apple Sauce) high table only

Third Remove
Kräutertorte (Green Torte)
Heidnische Kuchen (Pagan Cakes)
Birnenpudding (Pear Pudding)
Quark-Mandeltorte (Cream Cheese-Almond Cake)

The reference book we used for this feast was Das Kochbuch Des Mittelalters, Rezepte aus alter Zeit, eingeleitet, erläutert und ausprobiert von Trude Ehlert

All Recipes where translated by myself and Master Thorfin, with the assistance of many others in checking us out. Neither one of us uses German in our lives and so the translating sessions many times turned very humerous. We did our best and we think that the resulting feast was interesting and well received.

1 comment:

Teffania said...

The German is wonderfully modern and easy to read the gist of for me, but I'm thinking others might appreciate a literal translation of the original text. Did you do a 2 stage translation (ie here's what it said, then here's how I turn it into a recipe) or just do both in one stage? I think if you did a 2 stage translation, it would be worth adding to the recipes.

And of course, I'm happy to help with future translating. I'm not as fast as a native speaker would be, but I've failed German classes at a very high level.

My favourite translation resources:
*Middle high german wordlist - gives 12-14th C german words into modern german
*LEO german-english dictionary - a modern german dictionary, better than my fat paper one.

Neither is really easy to use, but both are of a very precise and high standard. I haven't heard of any pre 16thC German recipie books, but middle high german (and even old german) is much easier to read than English of the similar time periods. The language seems to have changed less than english, although it may simply be that the medieval/renaisance versions are closer to english too.