Saturday, October 29, 2005

Blog Number 47 - The typical meal of the '300' Spartans

Every morning, I like to read the comments that readers have left so that I can respond to them and perhaps get an idea or two for the next blog. In addition, I've have had a chance to read some of the questions that were asked from Gerard Butler.net that prompted me to write about the foods that the Spartans ate.

If there is one meal that has been equated with ancient Spartan cuisine it would have to be the infamous 'black broth' which consisted of pork, blood, salt and vinegar. To those outside of Sparta who sampled this meal, it was definitely not one which would be called a gastronomical delight, which prompted one visiting Greek guest to remark afterwards: 'Now I understand why the Spartans do not fear death.'

The remark was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, however, it said something about Spartan toughness and resiliency!

After looking at the ingredients, it's not what one would consider a tasteful meal, right?

Thanks Miyuki!

12 comments:

Miyuki said...

Thanks John!
I was amazed how Spartan they were!
The remarks of the Greek guest made me grin a bit after 2500 years.

John Trikeriotis said...

G'day Miyuki~

I totally agree! You've got to love those anectodes about the Spartans!

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
I'd like to ask you another question.Did the Spartan cook skimmed off the scum that rises to the surface of the soup?

11:43 AM

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

Even though I have read that the black broth wasn't exactly the tastiest of meals, I would have to assume that they would have removed any impurities to make it more 'desirable'.

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Thanks John.I'll imitate serious Spartan cook!

John Trikeriotis said...

Greetings Miyuki~

As much as I enjoy food, this sounds like one meal that I wouldn't want to taste. I guess it shows how brave the Spartans really were!

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
Don't say 'pour it on the fire'.For I don't want to say'Do you know what it's like to make soup for 300 men in this heat?'.(~'Zulu')Thanks for the recommendation.I like 'Zulu',too.
Miyuki

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

'Zulu' is another great movie of a small group of warriors fighting a larger force which I have enjoyed!

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
I found another risky,unpleasant meal in a film.I could't help but laugh when I saw Mr.Smith (Brad Pitt aka Achilles) had no appetite for the dinner at home.

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

Thanks for your comment!

Cheers,

John

Miyuki said...

Hi John,
It seems that an opera singer in the 19th century in Paris had a delicious dinner.(cf."Babett's Feast")
I said it only as a suggestion.

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

Thanks for the recommendation!

Cheers,

John