(Resources for Using It's Disgusting—and We Ate It! in School Activities)
Subjects: language arts, social studiesInstructions to Students: Here are some names of foods that kings and queens loved to eat five hundred years ago. Imagine what you think these foods were like and write a poem about one of them (or write a silly imaginary recipe). You're not trying to figure out what the food really was—write about what it sounds like to YOU! Have fun!
Based on: pages in It's Disgusting titled "A Royal Feast" and "Eat Yourself Sick, Your Highness" (pages 20-21, page numbers not marked)
Purpose: to learn how to play with language, developing creativity
|Furmenty||Spynye||Crustades of Fish|
|White Worts||Eels in Gauncelye||Hanoney|
|Tripe of turbot||Blamanger||Garbage|
Information for Teacher: Here's what the foods in the activity above really are (reveal these only after the students write their poems or recipes):
Furmenty: wheat boiled in milk—often served with such items as porpoise meat.More Exercises:
White Worts: "Worts" is an ancient word for "herbs," surviving in plant names today like "Saint John's Wort." "White worts" were nothing more than herbs boiled in almond milk.
Cockatrice: No medieval feast was complete without roast cockatrice, a mythical beast that the cooks faked by sewing the front half of a pig to the back half of a rooster (Click on the word "cockatrice" to see a 500-year-old recipe for roast cockatrice)
Tripe of turbot: fish guts! (A turbot is a kind of fish.)
Spynye: sweet soup made with hawthorn flowers
Eels in Gauncelye: a soup made from bread and eels
Murreye: dark red soup often colored with mulberries
Blamanger: a pudding that could contain anything from capons to fish—the ancestor of the modern French pudding called "blancmange"
Crustades of Fish: Fish custard
Hanoney: Scrambled eggs with onions
Haggis: sheep guts boiled in the sheep's stomach
Garbage: giblet soup, made with birds' heads, feet, gizzards, etc.
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This page was last updated: July 31, 2000