Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A Rafter of Turkeys - Happy Thanksgiving

charlie the attack turkey 20061122

 A group of turkeys is called a rafter because they like to roost in building rafters if they can find them. Otherwise, they will fly up into tree branches at night to sleep in safety.

Wild turkeys are native to North America. The Spanish brought them to Europe in 1519, so REVENA would not have had turkey on her dinner table. She would have chicken, partridge, geese, duck, and pheasant.

What might be the menu of one of REVENA's holiday meals? 

Menu items: pickled vegetables, cabbage chowder, creamed fish, roasted venison, mushroom pasties, mutton stew, haddock in brown ale, cherry, plum, and pear compote, custard tarts and pudding, and mulled wine. And bread.

You can find the recipes for these medieval foods on The British Museum's blog or check out Castle Life - Medieval Food & Cooking.

Here are the members of my rafter from oldest to most recent. This year's version is at the bottom.

turkey soylent green 20071122

turkey tail_thumb 20091123

turkey color 20091125

turkey relax 20101125

turkey glove 20131127

turkey nekked 20131128

turkey race 20171023

turkey parade rest inflated 20171122

turkey run forrest run 20171123

turkey dressed for the kill 20171123

turkey visitor 20180320

turkey collage 20181122

turkey cock of the walk 20191128

turkey zendangle 20201126

turkey purple nurple 20211124

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