A Viking age, Saxon inspired recipe for a preserved tongue
This makes a great accompaniment to dark meats, like venison or gamey birds like Pigeon.
Damsons are one of my favourite forged fruits, though usually reserved for jellies and gins, they work really well in this savoury dish.
For added authenticity use dried beef.
For a less authentic recipe you could try adding a little chilli, to give the soup a little kick
Ash comes from the Old English ‘æsc’ which means spear.
The tree has often been believed to have healing power and carrying the keys would protect the user against witchcraft.
Be sure to pick your berries before Michaelmas (Sept 29st), after this date it is said the devil pisses on them.
To the Saxons and the Danes the elder tree was sacred, thought to contain a spirit or Goddess. To take a part of a tree would require gaining permission from the spirit or Goddess, lest she take revenge on the offending person.
Most of the Elder tree is poisonous, containing high levels of cyanide.
These can be made with any type of fish and are an ideal way of using up any leftovers.
A simple hearty stew, made with fresh veg from the garden
Made with the leftover dregs from making beer. A technique we know the Vikings and Saxons used.
If you don’t happen to make your own beer, don’t worry, a normal starter or yeast will also work.