10 Ways to Eat Like a Shakespearean Character

April 26, 2016 | By | Comments (0)
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This past weekend marked the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The famous poet and playwright, who is also known as the Bard of Avon, has left a significant mark on language and culture, even nearly half a millennium later.

And while his characters and their wit are the main focus of his stories, Shakespeare seemed to always be sneaking food references into his plays. Although it could have just been a code to get by with racy writing, others would prefer to just think of ole William as an early foodie.

We’ve gathered below 10 different food references and recipes for you to play the part of a Shakespearean character:

Twelfth Night: Act 2, Scene 3
Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?

Five-Ingredient Chocolate Cakes

Virtuous or not, anyone can enjoy these Five-Ingredient Chocolate Cakes

As You Like It: Act 3, Scene 2
Truly, thou art damned like an ill roasted egg, all on one saide.

Egg and Toast Cups

These Egg and Toast Cups are about the furthest from “ill roasted” you can get.

Antony and Cleopatra: Act 2, Scene 1
Eight wild boars roasted whole at breakfast, but twelve persons there.

Roasted Cider-Brined Pork Loin with Green Tomato Chutney

Eight wild boars can be hard to come by, so compromise with Roasted Cider-Brined Pork Loin with Green Tomato Chutney.

Twelfth Night: Act 1, Scene 3
I ama great eater of beefd and I believe that does harm to my wit.

Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes and Carrots

This Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage with Potatoes and Carrots won’t be hurting anyone’s wit.

Henry IV, Part I: Act 3, Scene 1
O, he is as tedious as a tired horse, a railing wife; worse than a smokey house: I had rather live with cheese and garlic in a windmil, far, than than feed on cates and have him talk to me in any summer-house in Christendom.

Herbed Goat Cheese Garlic Toasts

We would happily live with the cheese and garlic in these Herbed Goat Cheese Garlic Toasts.

Richard III: Act 3, Scene 4
My lord of Ely, when I was last in Holborn I saw good strawberries in your garden there; I do beseech you send for some of them.

Strawberry Gazpacho

If you can find someone to send you strawberries, be sure to make Strawberry Gazpacho.

All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 5, Scene 3
Mine eyes smell onions; I shall weep anon.

Creamed Onion Casserole

You may weep during prep, but this Creamed Onion Casserole is worth any amount of tears.

Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 4
They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

Sticky Date and Coconut Cake

No quinces, but the amount dates in our Sticky Date and Coconut Cake wholly makes up for it.

Winter’s Tale Act 4, Scene 3
Let me see; what am I to buy for our sheep-shearing feast? Three pound of sugar, five pound of currants, rice,–what will this sister of mine do with rice?

Rice Pudding

Your sister should make Rice Pudding. End of story.

The Merry Wives of Windsor Act 1, Scene 1
Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome. Come, we have a hot venison pasty to dinner: come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

Little Lamb Pastries

Don’t have any venison? Then Little Lamb Pastries are the best way to make due.

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