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Viking Tea, Hungarian Beads, and A Medieval Breakfast

One of my favorite parts of medieval camping is waking up before sunrise while nearly everyone else is still sleeping.

The grounds are quiet and peaceful, and it’s lovely to get the fire burning, brew a hot cuppa, and sit near the warm campfire to watch the sun come up over the sea of medieval tents.

campsite at sunrise

I love my morning cup of strong Earl Grey tea, and somehow it tastes even better made with smoke-scented hot water served in a medieval pottery mug engraved with my Aussie nickname.

Breakfast is hearty fare: pan-fried shortcut bacon (the good, meaty parts), scrambled eggs tossed with the delish crispy bits of bacon left in the pan, and thick slices of flatbread.

After breakfast there’s time to check out some of the medieval displays near us.

I love the gorgeous honey-scented beeswax candles made by my friend Stacey (see top two photos) and these beautiful medieval Hungarian glory beads made and worn by my friend Ann (see below).

One of my favorite encampments is the featuring Iron Age Vikings.

I especially like their food displays showcasing the foods that were available during their time in history. There were no potatoes then, or bell peppers or tomatoes, but they were able to make hearty stews with turnips, parsnips, and elegant purple carrots.

Viking vegetables

They made soup with dried peas, fried up eggs, and snacked on all sorts of nuts and dried fruits.

I was intrigued to learn that they would make a healing, nourishing tea by steeping pine needles in boiling water. Pine trees are in short supply in my part of Australia, but as soon as I track some down, I’m determined to try my hand at making Viking Pine Tea.

I love learning about new cultures and the foods they treasured. What food culture is most interesting to you?

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Krista - I bet the markets are GORGEOUS where you are, @breannemosher:disqus πŸ™‚ We still have pretty good ones, even in winter, but nothing like Summer. πŸ™‚

Krista - We sure did, El! πŸ™‚ It still makes me smile to think of it. πŸ™‚

Krista - I bought similar ones here – http://www.danishflowerart.com.au/Danish_Flower_Art/Home.html – but I will have to check where Ann bought hers and get back to you. πŸ™‚ xo

Krista - Aren’t they gorgeous carrots? Nope, they taste exactly the same. πŸ™‚ They were how carrots originally looked before the orange ones came along. πŸ™‚

Breanne Mosher - How absolutely fascinating. I know very little about the very early food cultures now you have me interested. =) Right now, I am revelling in the spring produce- fiddleheads, asparagus, early strawberries and beet greens. I love all the vibrant colours after a winter of root veges. =)

El - Looks like you had a great time. Great photos too!

Corrie Vela Ehler - Krista – where can I find the gorgeous beads that are in the picture above? Are they for sale anywhere? xo

Kate Bailward - I love these photos – those purple carrots look fabulous! Do they taste different to the usual orange ones?

Krista - In a way it’s a bit like going to history class, @OrgasmicChef:disqus πŸ™‚ I spent hours and hours doing research on medieval Finland, medieval medicine, medieval clothing, medieval food, the works! I love it. πŸ™‚ Especially because there aren’t any tests at the end – just fun creative stuff with good people. πŸ™‚

Krista - It really is, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus πŸ™‚ Warms you up body and soul. πŸ™‚

Krista - I didn’t know you were a camper too, @TuulaR:disqus ! πŸ™‚ How fun! πŸ™‚

Maureen | OrgasmicChef - Krista, this camping thing sounds like so much fun and so much to learn. I’ve never been to anything like this but maybe one day!

Joanne (eats well with others) - I’m imagining that smoky tea…the perfect thing to wake up to!

TuulaR - Oh yum, that all sounds so delicious… I so love camping too… nothing like waking up and cooking your own breakfast in the great outdoors πŸ™‚ happy weekend!

Krista - I know! Isn’t that a curious flavor to imagine, @inspiringtravellers:disqus ? I’m definitely going to try it. I’ve not had birch tree tea either, though I’ve read it is also healing. I’ll have to look for it as well. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, @OnePerfectBite:disqus πŸ™‚ It definitely was an adventure. I think the costumes really make it – you understand what they might’ve felt as they worked and played and slept. πŸ™‚

Andrea and John - Pine tea? Very interesting! Is it something like birch tree tea?

OnePerfectBite - What an adventure this must have been. Your photos are spectacular. And to think you got to wear costumes, too:-) Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings…Mary

Krista - I’m a sucker for cumin too, @budgetjan:disqus I used it in Spanish rice today and mmm, it’s so good. πŸ™‚

budgetjan - After watching Spice Trails last night I would have to go with Turkish. They love cumin and use it in lots of things but especially lamb dishes. Cumin is my favourite spice, although I use it in Indian Curries πŸ™‚ I love those beeswax candles too.

Krista - It is such a fun experience, @lisagonewiththefamily:disqus I grew up camping, but doing it medievally is a bit like stepping back in time. πŸ™‚

Lisa @ Gone With The Family - I’m not much of a camper but for some reason the idea of medieval camping sounds fascinating! I can almost taste the breakfast cooking and that jewelry is beautiful!

Krista - Hi Marisol! πŸ™‚ It’s so great to see you here. πŸ™‚ It was SO fun medieval camping!! We have another event in a few weeks and I can’t wait. This one is even longer and bigger, so it will be a lot of work but so jolly. πŸ™‚

Marisol@TravelingSolemates - Hi Krista, I love this medieval camping! So very historic and cultural. Definitely looks like you got transported into a different world and time. It’s nice to learn about their food culture. Love your photos.

Krista - Thank you, @hikebiketravel:disqus πŸ™‚ Yes, I do love a strong cup of coffee too. Alas, there was only instant available at the time, and I like my coffee real. πŸ™‚

hikebiketravel - Your photos are fabulous. I love having a bit of quiet time to myself too – just substitute a strong cup of coffee for the tea.

Krista - That would’ve been a great tour, @6b4d7b3119b81a21551400d4c7bb88ee:disqus πŸ™‚ I love learning the background behind things, the nitty-gritty details that make history so fascinating. πŸ™‚ And now you have me craving a cup of coffee. πŸ™‚

Debbie @ European Travelista - I once did a walking tour with a guide from medieval times and it was amazing to learn all the things I take for granted that weren’t part of life back then! This sounds very interesting. One of my favorite times when camping is also early morning sitting with a grand cup of coffee. It does taste better in a campground!

Krista - I’d never heard of it, @disqus_2yjJojmJOE:disqus , but I looked it up after you mentioned it and it looks so fun. πŸ™‚ I asked one of my medieval friends about it and he said it is THE place for all the Sydney medieval folks to go. πŸ™‚ We talked about going some time, but for now it’s a bit too far to trek with all our gear. πŸ™‚

Krista - Yes, they are dried peas, @9d73767d10227efff04c7307e331304c:disqus πŸ™‚ I asked the same thing for I’d never seen dried peas like that before. I’m glad you like the candles too. I just love how simply they look and how scrumptious they smell. πŸ™‚

Krista - I love that you are doing Canadian recipes, @d58b26e263bfdbd99d844b965c5cbbfb:disqus πŸ™‚ They are very special to my heart too – and I look forward to making more of them this year using crab apples, rhubarb, maple syrup, and all those lovely things that shout CANADIAN! πŸ™‚

Margaret | DestinationHere&Now - Krista have you heard of Ironfest in Lithgow each April? You guys would go off! πŸ™‚

mlleparadis - OK, are those grey-ish blue round things dried peas? Your friend’s candles are gorgeous. Looks like a fun time!


bellini - Once again this sounds like an amazing group to be a part of. I remember reenactments when I lived in Southern Ontario. There was a medieval group as well as one reenacting the War of 1812. It always sounded like fun. I am fascinated at the moment by Canadian cuisine and am researching month by month into recipes from my own area. It is easy once the gardens are overflowing.

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