My domestic and history-loving heart just adores this sort of thing! The event was a drop-in-any-time and stay-as-long-as-you'd-like sort of affair, and for that I was grateful because I stayed quite a long time. The scene appeals to all of my senses...the happy chatter of the docent, the timeworn softness of the wooden table, the deliciousness of all the tasty edibles I was invited to partake in, the aroma of wood smoke (my favorite smell in the whole, wide world!), and the simple beauty of it all.
It was a very bustling kitchen! Everyone who attended was invited to sample: roast chestnuts, doughnut holes, bread with butter and blueberry jam, mulled cider, carrot soup, and mincemeat pie.
Mmm...the aroma! There was a chicken turning on a vertically hanging spit. The hanging pots contained (from left to right): white pot (a type of steamed pudding), and mulled cider. The open pot on the hearth contained carrot soup. And the pot covered with ashes contains a mincemeat pie.
I had never had mincemeat pie before, and honestly, I wasn't even sure what "mincemeat" was. It was explained that mincemeat originally was small pieces of venison mixed with fruits (apples, raisins, etc.). But as tastes changed over the years, the amount of venison decreased and the amount of fruit increased, until now it is nothing more than fruit. Here it is straight from the dutch oven. Quite tasty!
I would love to go back for more of these demonstrations! Quite inspiring...and tasty!