I am fairly new to the SCA and so love being part of such an interesting and diverse group! One of the best parts (in my opinion) of the SCA is events. I love meeting new people and I love that we are all there for a common purpose and such, almost everybody is welcoming and willing to talk. I noticed that there seems to be a lot of mundane food at events and was a little dissapointed by this, so I thought I would throw out some of my suggestions for easy medieval style food to bring to events, it's a short list, the kind of things that are easy to throw into a cooler and eat whenever.
Biscuits or Soda bread-try out a few recipes on the internet and bring some biscuits or soda bread for all meals. It looks authentic and tastes great. Following this article is my recipe for biscuits.
Roast chicken-this is my favourite event food. I cook (or buy depending on my time constraints) a chicken and toss it in the cooler. It's great cold and is a fantastic lunch or dinner item. Throw it on a biscuit and make yourself a yummy sandwich.
Beef Jerky-easy to make or buy, throw some in your belt pouch as you wander around.
Apples-apples are an ideal medieaval fruit, widely available throughout the known world and there are many varieties to suit different tastes. They keep well with or without a cooler.
Cheese-I love cheese! It's one of my favourite foods. I bring it with me and eat it on biscuits (possibly with chicken) or by itself for a snack!
Instant Oatmeal-quick and delicious-it's usually not hard to boil water or find someone who has the capacity to do so.
This short list is what I bring to a weekend event. It's not fancy but it tastes good and looks authentic. Bring a bowl, plate, spoon and carry a belt knife-that's all you need!
Grainne's Biscuit Recipe
2 cups flour 1/4 cup shortening (I use butter because holy mother it tastes good!)
4 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
Cut shortening into dry ingredients (i have found that slicing and cubing the shortening on the cutting board first speds this process up considerably). Add milk, stir until comes away from side of bowl. At this point you can roll out the dough and make pretty biscuits, but I just grab a small hand full and shape it into a semi-biscuit-like shape and put it on the pan (ungreased).
450 degrees C 12-15 mins