Old-time cookin'

If there's any Georgians around, there's a new LARP in the Atlanta area called The Coral Gate (.com!). This one's brand new, and the city it takes place in was actually considered with things such as imports and exports, natural terrain, and the wealth level of the villagers. The character I've thought up is a baker.

My problem I'm hoping you guys could help me out with is in coming up with recipes. I'm not going to be too all-around strict on time and place with stuff--I'm going to offer candy and stuff from time to time--but I really want to have featured items that are in-character and in-setting.

It's probably going to be important that these things be relatively portable, to be grabbed and walked with. I'm looking into small pocket pies and things like that. The difficult part is going to be that the imports of the Coral Gate include rice and taro and sugarcane. How in the world do I combine those into something small and tasty--and how do I make that affordable out-of-play? = P

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Marri's picture

Supplicant

Sticky rice? Or any form of sweet rice. I'm sure most Asian cookbooks would have some kind of recipe you could use to combine sweet and rice, particularly if the imports or local foods include any kind of fruit. You can just carry it in a big pot or rice cooker or something and hand it out / sell it in paper cups?

Kittae's picture

Postulant

That's actually a great idea. I'm not confident in having cooked rice (I'm paranoid about the lack of constant refrigeration/electricity) but the paper cup idea is awesome! Maybe I can make some kind of puffed rice...

Oh, I'm a dumb-bum. = P They only make rice crispies and rice chex and any number of things like that.

I actually played around with some sweet potatoes last night and managed to make two different things--little miniature bundt cakes of a sweet potato flavor (sweet potato pie filling plus about a cup of flour) and miniature sweet potato pies with rolled out canned biscuit dough for crusts. I'm looking into pocket pies and turnovers as well.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

Stored in a cooler should be safe. You know you can serve it cold, right? Also, kheer is served chilled.

Kittae's picture

Postulant

I guess I don't really think about rice being cold. = P But I will have to give it a try if I can get a hold of some paper funnel-type cups. That shouldn't be hard, though.

chaos_theory64's picture

Devotee

I actually very involved in a LARP north of ATL called Amtgard. I didnt know there were any other LARPer's for ATL around here. If you want any info on it, just PM me.

As for food, I can poke around my group and see what they know.

chaos_theory64's picture

Devotee

One word: Mead.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

I don't know about Georgia, but in NYS you need to have a license to sell alcohol. That one also requires a couple months of preparation.

Kittae's picture

Postulant

I would like to come up with a mead substitute. I'm sure I could come up with some sort of spicy honey drink or something that doesn't need alcohol.

There is a tavern and a pub (in-play), so I don't want to step on their toes too heavily, but I might offer one or two types of drinks that compliment the food. Also, in-play drinks seem to always be heavily loaded with sugar and not very condusive to getting up and running for your life at a moment's notice without feeling like poo.

I found a website, though, medievalcookery.com. They have a recipe for a kind of bun with fruit inside, then deep-fried. = P That looks to be on my to-do list first! Also, I discovered a huge patch of blackberries right in my backyard, and now in my freezer. Surely something can be done there.

chaos_theory64's picture

Devotee

In GA I know you can make alcohol (up to 100 gallons per year) for "Personal Consumption." With that in mind, you can give it to other people, and can even charge them as long as a profit of 0$ or less is made. This technically qualifies as splitting the cost of materials amongst several people. Beyond that, you need a license.
Mead does take a while to make, but is worth it. I am very particular about my alcohol, and mead is one of the few drinks I enjoy.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

and the only thing that isn't liquor that I enjoy.

My comment had more to do with it's viability as something the OP could use, and less to do with my opinion of mead in general.

Coral's picture

I don't think I've had taro, so I can't imagine what this tastes like, but this recipe looks interesting and can be served cold. Some kind of sweet/sushi rice is also a good idea. If this takes place outside, chilled food would probably be refreshing.

I don't have any ideas for food that requires baking. Hmm.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

So the excrement (and a large LARGE amount of it) got tossed in to the oscillating cooling device, and I almost missed this thread, but here it is. Most of what I have experience with is backpacking or camping food, but not carry and eat. Until I have time to think about portable food, I have two recipes (already posted here) that you should think about:

The first is apple cobbler (substitute in peach in the south), which I honestly think is better in a Dutch oven, just make sure you manage the coals on top to the coals underneath.
http://www.meilinmiranda.com/node/960
The second is rice pudding, which is kind of hard to screw up unless you let the bottom burn.
http://www.meilinmiranda.com/node/1352

Neither of these is the kind that you can pick up and take with you without a large amount of mess, but I'll get back to you on that front.

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