This dish would be made from whatever stock you had, whatever vegetables you had and whatever meat or fish you had….and could last a week or so, as every day you would just add more veg and stock and any leftover meat.
It was a way to use the last bits of everything and anything, to provide a meal and was not confined to just Vikings.
Versions of this type of dish could be found all over Europe.
The recipe below uses dried peas as a base, which was one of the vegetables that Vikings would grow and dry. If you were making this in Scotland then oats would be your base.
As you can see there are no amounts/measurements…. there wouldn’t have been!
Gently fry your leeks in the butter.
When a wee bit soft add the bacon and fry for 2 or 3 minutes.
Add stock, bring to a simmer and add dried peas. Give a stir and then simmer until the dried peas have softened.
And there it is! Very simple but a meal that would be eaten by everyone, no matter how poor or rich.
If you don’t have bacon then how about adding some smoked fish?
200g Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup of mead (or ale or even milk)
1 Apple finely chopped
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
Melt the butter in a pan.
Stir in the honey then add the rest of the ingredients
mix well and then allow to cool
when cool split the mixture into even sized amounts.
roll into balls and then flatten
Cook for a few minutes on each side in a hot frying pan.
Allow to cool completely then enjoy!