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What were Vikings commonly eating as food?
By Jennifer Baker
Using the The Viking Food Data base * as a source to answer this question we come up with the following answer to this question
Out of a total number 18 of country/ regions looked at (Denmark, Frisia, Zeeland, Norway, Sweden, Gotland, Poland, Russia, England, Scotland, Isle of Man, Ireland, Orkney, Shetlands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Vinland, ) that Viking lived in and that there is archaeological data from
* NOTE: This is a 126KB Microsoft Excel file. To view this file you must have Excel or download the Excel viewer from the Microsoft website
New Documents in the Recipes in the Link section
Historic Extant Cook books
6 page PDF file (88 KB) listing Historic Extant Cook books - Roman to 17th century. It is sorted by Date, Region, Cook Booke name and includes any online website reference to the cook book.
Ingredients and origins
A database put together by Andrea Willett. Cullinary components, categorised (animal, vegetable, flavouring) and sub-categorised (amphibian, fish, shellfish, bird, mammal, insect etc) including the ingredient's Common Name, Botanical name where known, where it Originated, when it first arrived in Europe where known, and Notes. Last updated 21/6/08.
NOTE This is a 121KB Microsoft Excel file. This allows the database to be sorted by various fields, & will allow it to be updated regularly without additional coding by the author. To view this file you must have Excel or download the Excel viewer from the Microsoft website
Recipes in the Link section http://nvg.org.au/links.php?category=Recipes
Anglo Saxon Recipes
A collection of Anglo Saxon Recipes collected from the 'net by Indunna. 29 page PDF file (187 KB) includes recipes for meat, fish, vegetable, deserts, breads, porridge and beverages as well as a list of Anglo Saxon foodstuffs and recipe sources.
A collection of Byzantine Recipes collected from the 'net by Indunna. 39 page PDF file (271 KB) includes recipes for meat, fish, vegetables, deserts and beverages as well as recipe sources.
Medieval Vegetarian Recipes
A collection of Medieval Vegetarian Recipes from Anglo Saxon to 14th century brought together by Indunna. 42 page PDF file (157 KB). Includes recipes for main meals, dairy recipes, desserts, beverages, as well as lists of vegetables, fruits, cheeses, nuts, herbs, spices, oils and beverages that were available during the middle ages. Also includes a list of foods to Never, Never Use.
A collection of Viking Recipes collected from the 'net by Indunna. 31 page PDF file (82 KB) includes recipes for meat, fish, vegetable, deserts, breads, porridge and beverages as well as Archaological finds of 9th and 10th century Viking foodstuffs and recipe sources.