You've been invited to a fancy historical banquet

I’d happily put Mossflower on a list of my favourite books of all time.

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Proper big Viking banquet might be quite fun. Lots of wine, lots of scrapping, lots of me not understanding a fucking word of any of it.

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might get to blow one of those really big horns that go BWUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHH!

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Have you read it as an adult? I’d be kind of afraid to pick up any of those books now in case in it breaks the spell…I like just remembering them as an incredible series of books that I got obsessed with…

Just looked him up - didn’t realise he’d died!

Yeah I was full into the chronology and also became quite obsessed. Actually wrote my own redwall book in what I saw as a gap in the timeline (at the time whenever that was, he probably filled it in later) and sent it in to BJ. Got a nice letter back!

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I haven’t, but I absolutely rinsed them as a child. I suspect some of the themes will lack nuance now but for a children’s author, I remember his language was always beautiful and accessible in a way I don’t think many others have or can match.

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That’s commitment!

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Yeah agreed, I don’t think any author has managed to utterly captivate me for as long as he did.

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Apologies @bamnan that your nice thread about historical banquets became a Brian Jacques fanclub.

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I’ve been in his kitchens and ate some chocolate made in the way that it was back then and it was not good :nauseated_face: no wonder he exploded

seafood

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that’s ok I just hope it’s brought happiness

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An 18th century Kashmiri Wazwan sounds like a hell of meal

In the Kashmiri language, waz means ‘cook’ or ‘cooking’ and wan means ‘shop’. The ultimate formal banquet in Kashmir is the royal wazwan. Of its thirty-six courses, between fifteen and thirty can be preparations of meat, cooked overnight under the supervision of a master chef called a wouste waze . Guests are seated in groups of four and share the meal out of a large copper plate called the traem . A ritual washing of hands in a portable basin called the Tash-t-naer , which is taken around by attendants. Then the traem arrives, heaped with rice, quartered by two seekh kababs and contains four pieces of methi maaz, (mutton intestines flavored with a spice mixture containing dried fenugreek (methi) leaves), two tabakh maaz (twice-cooked lamb ribs, initially braised with ground spices, then browned in ghee), one safed kokur (chicken with white sauce), one zafran kokur (chicken with saffron sauce), and the first few courses. Yogurt and chutney are served separately in small earthen pots. Up to about 20 items are served thereafter by waza (the junior cook). Seven dishes are a must for these occasions — tabakh maaz, rista (meatballs in a red, paprika-saffron-fennel spice gravy colored with dyer’s alkanet), rogan josh, daniwal korma (lamb roasted with yoghurt, spices and onion puree, topped with coriander leaves), aab gosh (lamb chunks cooked with a fennel-based spice mixture, cardamom and partially evaporated milk), marchhwangan korma (chicken legs/thighs cooked in a spicy browned-onion sauce) and gushtaba (meatballs cooked in a spicy yoghurt gravy).[2][3] The main course usually ends with gushtaba .[4] The Gushtaba is a large meatball which signals the end of the main course.

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After a few sentences I found myself reading it in this voice…

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Never eaten a tiger tbh

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I haven’t read one for a long time but I guess the main thing I can imagine being jarring is that there’s very little room for shades of grey in his morality, you’re either born a hedgehog in which case you’re a loveable bumbling charmer, or you’re born a rat, in which case you’re scum, just a fucking natural born criminal.

Probably not worth digging too deeply into the world building though (why an abbey? What are the Christian underpinnings of this world?). Fucking loved all the badgers though, remember being so excited when the legendary Lord Brocktree got his own book.

Why time travel when Jimmy Spices exists NOW!?!