In the Middle Ages, you couldn’t just pop down to your local grocery mart for the week’s food shop. It was much more of a case of eating whatever you could grow or catch yourself. And this meant that a wide variety of animals were on the menu – many of them creatures that we would certainly balk at eating. Read on, then, to find out some of the frankly ghastly things that folks were prepared to shove into their mouths during the Middle Ages.
20. Pudding of porpoise
In modern times, very few of us would choose to eat a porpoise. Most of us would be thoroughly repelled at the idea of chowing down on this intelligent marine mammal, in fact. But attitudes were decidedly different in the Middle Ages. One recipe suggested mixing porpoise blood and fat with oatmeal, stuffing the animal with this concoction and then boiling the beast. The final stage of the recipe was to broil the beast and then serve. Let’s just hope David Attenborough doesn’t hear about this.