Old-fashioned tastes: Medieval menu served up to history lovers in Leeds

Marc Mottershead, head chef at University House, with an authentic medieval dish

Marc Mottershead, head chef at University House, with an authentic medieval dish

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Cheese-stuffed eggs were among dishes on the menu when the University of Leeds catering team whipped up a medieval feast.

The extravagant banquet was staged to kick off the 21st annual International Medieval Congress, which has seen the university open its doors to 2,000 of the world’s most knowledgeable medievalists.

Head chef Marc Mottershead (pictured) said the experience had been fascinating: “It’s not every day you get asked to recreate an authentic medieval feast.”

He added: “Instead of dull, uninspiring dishes, the recipes called for cloves and spices and really unusual combinations which are close to modern Middle Eastern cuisines. One of the biggest surprises was the recipe for Crespells, which turned out to be a medieval take on a doughnut!”

The public are urged to get involved with events at which they can experience medieval culture, craft and cuisine, including a medieval village in the University Square tomorrow.

To book or for more details go to www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/publicevents.

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