Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wrapping Up Challenge 5 and 6

Sometimes life gets busy. Sometimes moderators don't get to do things in a timely manner (even if they are Benevolent High Overlords). But that doesn't mean we're going to let some really awesome work go unnoticed! So we're smooshing challeges 5 and 6 together for a dual wrap-up!

First up - I think we all know who takes the cake on pies. And that's saying a lot, because there were some pretty amazing pies being posted. But Jenni of Living With Jane made not one, not two, but THREE PIES. She basically made a whole meal out of pies. And that standing pie - holy cow. Well done, Jenni!

Good job, and stop making the rest of us look bad.

The seasonal fruits and vegetables challenge turned out to be very thought-provoking. There were some excellent discussions over in the Facebook group about the differences between modern produce and heritage produce, as well as the best options for sugar/sweeteners. If you're not a member of the group, you should join and get in on these conversations!

For a seasonal dish, Joyce of A Taste of History made braised eggplant. It's a really interesting and meticulously researched and documented dish! Well done, Joyce!

I also highly recommend you go check out the very detailed post from The 19th Century Foodie for some really interesting and enlightening information about warm-weather beverages!

Next Up: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread! Research and reproduce food improvements and innovations in the past. I can't wait to see what you all come up with! Happy cooking!


  1. I'm not on FB and never will be, but I will say this about heritage veggies - my local grocery store sells them. I currently have purple and yellow carrots in my fridge rather than the modern orange carrots. In my research for my lemon dish, I did learn that lemons were smaller than what we have now overall - but the taste does not seem to be affected. If we are attempting for taste and not looks, there is probably little wrong with using modern equivalents but if you want the look as well for total accuracy, then yes, you need to use the heritage varieties.

    1. That's a good summation of the discussion folks are having over on Facebook. There was also some discussion about taste equivalencies and how to get the most accurate taste (which is a difficult thing to quantify).