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Tomorrow is the birthday of the Bard of Stratford. We assume that William Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, 450 years ago. Actually, there is no record of his birth, but there is a record of his baptism taking place on April 26th. Since it was the custom of the time to baptize an infant three days after birth, the assumption is made that his birthday is the 23rd.

What better way to honor this, perhaps the most important writer in the English language, than with a dinner of foods he wrote about. Below are but a few of the foods Shakespeare mentioned in his plays.

“Stew’d in Brine, Smarting in lingering pickle.”

Antony and Cleopatra, Act II, Scene 5 (Cleopatra)

“My salad days, When I was green in judgment.”
Antony and Cleopatra, Act 1, Scene 5 (Cleopatra)

“...In fair round belly with good capon lin’d.”
As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7 (Jaques)

"His eyes were green as leeks."
“A Mid summer-Night’s Dream”

Act V, Scene 1 (Thisbe)

“Why, then the world’s my oyster, Which I with sword will open.”
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, Scene 2 (Pistol)

“...but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.”
Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 3 (Sir Andrew)

“...you shall see mine orchard, where, in an arbor, we shall eat last year’s pippins of my own grafting.”
Henry IV, Part II, Act V, Scene 3 (Shallow)

“An I had but one penny in the world, thou shouldst have it to buy gingerbread.”
Love’s Labour’s Lost, Act V, Scene 1 (Costard)

You will find recipes for all the above mentioned foods and additional information about the foods of Shakespeare’s day on my website,The Questing Feast.

You can read more of my work at The Questing Feast

and you can listen to me every Mondays on KGGV-The Bridge 95.1 FM
or streaming worldwide at KGGV

Two Shows:
“Live From The Bridge” – live interviews and music with local musicians – noon to 12:50

“The Questing Feast: - chat about food & wine plus interviews with people in the food & wine world – 1:10 to 2:00 p.m.

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