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The Order of the Wooden Spoon 

Competitions for the 2014 Tournament Season


The theme for this coming Wooden Spoon season is Shakespeare.  We will be exploring some of the foods mentioned in the works of the Bard of Stratford.  It was quite difficult coming up with the various competitions; not from lack of material, but from to much.  It was hard paring it down to just six.  The Elizabethans loved their food and this is very much reflected in the works of Shakespeare.

All entries must be accompanied by:

1. Your recipe

2. Period recipe if available

3. A maximum of 500 words documentation

And remember, presentation plays a significant role in the judging.



                 March Crown




  “Mine eyes smell onions; I shall weep anon.

   All’s Well That Ends Well, Ace V, Scene 3 - (Lafeu)

Make a savory onion tart 

Onions should make up at least 50% of the filling of your tart. In other words, no fare making a cheese and mushroom tart that has a few bits of onion in it.





“If you can mock a leak, then you can eat a leak"
Henry V, Act V, scene 1, -  (Fluellen)


Make a leek pudding(remember, in England, puddings can be savory as well as sweet.)

Leeks must represent at least 50% of the total ingredients.


June Crown


“...and you whose pastime ‘tis to play at making midnight  mushrooms ...”
                 The Tempest, Act V, scene 1 – (Prospero)


Make a mushroom tart. Mushrooms must make up at least

50% of the filling.

It is not likely that there would have been many

of the contemporary "gourmet mushrooms," available at

the time.  However, the following are similar to varitals

that were available in fields and woods.


Tree fungi were available and used.  Gourmet mushrooms like "Wood Hens," will work for this.

Alba Clamshell Mushroom The Alba Clamshell, both white and brown are simular to what were calld "Faerie Rings," some of which were edible and used.
Nebrodini Bianco Mushroom The Nebrodini Bianco is similar to varieties that were available.
Heirloom Shiitake Mushroom Shiitakes are close to field mushrooms that were available.

And of course, just plain ol' grocery store mushrooms, Creminis

and Portobellos, which are just big Creminies, are appropriate

as well.

Have fun.  And remember, no matter how good your research, it it

doesn't taste great, what's the point.

Oh yes, one extra point to anyone who states what this Shakespeare quote is in reference to.

Copyright © 2008 - Geraldine Duncann

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