Valorous Dominion

  • Hey @Lotherio - what do you think about ICly thematic condiments?

    We were discussing condiments on the public channel just now and I went researching and found some neat things. :D While we don't have ketchup since no tomatoes, we do have the oft mentioned fish sauce/garum, and I have found that there is a specific Italian version of it!

    Also, historically iRL there was mustard - - "The Romans were probably the first to experiment with the preparation of mustard as a condiment. They mixed unfermented grape juice (the must) with ground mustard seeds (called sinapis) to make "burning must", mustum ardens — hence "must ard". A recipe for mustard appears in De re coquinaria, the anonymously compiled Roman cookbook from the late 4th or early 5th century" "as a glaze for spit-roasted boar." By the 10th century, monks in Paris began their own production. Dijon, France, became a recognized center for mustard making by the 13th century. The popularity of mustard in Dijon is evidenced by written accounts of guests consuming 320 litres of mustard creme in a single sitting at a gala held by the Duke of Burgundy in 1336."

    Also, while we don't have mayonnaise, going by RL history we would have aoili or something like it: "The first mention of a condiment similar to aoli comes from historian Pliny the Elder, who described a common Roman sauce of garlic and olive oil called aleatum, after the Latin word for garlic. Since Pliny died in the Vesuvius eruption of 79 A.D., this makes the aoli at least 2,000 years old, and it is probably much older than that for it have become commonplace by Plinys time. Because the Roman empire expanded throughout Europe and north Africa, with an entourage of bureaucrats, tradesmen, soldiers and households bringing their cuisine with them, historians theorize that Italy is the true home of aoli."

    What do you think? It's details like this that I love to geek out over.