Happy Valley 2016 - Page 10

What did the monks eat? That is an intriguing question. Despite, or perhaps because of, the strict rules about food, they showed great ingenuity and imagination. Sometimes they were allowed to improve their monotonous diet with the flesh of aquatic animals. This is when their creative cooking was fully tested. Apart from fish and crabs, their feast menus included uncommon food such as frogs, otters and even beavers. A rather amazing and unusual selection from today's perspective, isn't it?