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The people of the Mobrin enjoy having strong drink, and as water is often unclean, it is a necessity. The poor drink ale, mead or cider and the rich are able to drink many different types of wines. Beer is not only one of the oldest fermenting beverages used by man, but it is also the one which is most in vogue in Mobrin
Ale and Beer
Under the Manghems, the real beer, was made with barley; but, at a later period, all sorts of grain was indiscriminately used; and it was only towards the end of the First Era that the flower or seed of hops to the oats or barley was added. Another sort of beer was known during the First Era, which was called Godale. This name was derived from the two Laniveeri words god and ael, which means "good beer" and is of a stronger description than the ordinary beer. Allspice, juniper, resin, apples, bread-crumbs, sage, lavender, gentian, cinnamon, and laurel each used in different beers. The object of these various mixtures is naturally to obtain high-flavoured beers. Other beers, called 'Small Beer' were sweetened simply with honey, or scented with ambergris or raspberries.
Cider and perry can also both claim a very ancient origin. Cider is a drink made of apples; sometimes this was made by pouring water on apples, and steeping them, so as to extract a sort of half-sour, half-sweet drink.
Many wines are made with infusions of wormwood, myrtle, hyssop, and rosemary which were mixed with sweetened wine and flavoured with honey. The most celebrated of these beverages bore the pretentious name of "nectar;" those composed of spices, aromatics, and honey, were generally called "white wine".
The name of wine was also given to drinks composed of the juices of certain fruits, and in which grapes were in no way used. These were the cherry, the currant, the raspberry, and the pomegranate wines; also the moré, made with the mulberry. There are also sour wines, which are made by pouring water on the refuse grapes after the wine had been extracted; also the drinks made from filberts, milk of almonds, the syrups of apricots and strawberries, and cherry and raspberry waters, all of which are refreshing, and are principally used in summer.
Honey is used to make a sweet alcoholic drink called mead which is drunk by all classes. Consumption of weak, low-alcohol drinks at this time has been estimated at around one gallon per person per day.
Chocola comes from the Eastern Isles, and is a bitter drink, often served with cinnamon. It is very expensive in Mobrin.
Food & Diet
The food and diet of the wealthy is extensive, but only small portions are taken. A change in culture emerged during the Second Era, when the travel prompted by the Great Wars led to a new and unprecedented interest in beautiful objects and elegant manners. This change extended to food preparation and presentation resulting in fabulous food arrangements and exotic colors and flavorings. The food is highly spiced. These expensive spices consumed by the wealthy include Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Ginger, Saffron, Cardamon (aka Cardamom ), Coriander, Cumin, Garlic, Turmeric, Mace, Anise, Caraway and Mustard.
The diet of the Upper Classes would have include:
Bread, a vast variety of meats and game including venison, beef, pork, goat, lamb, rabbit, hare, mutton, swans, herons and poultry, and fresh and salt water fish. The range of fish included herring, salmon, eel, whiting, plaice, cod, trout and pike. Nobles will sometimes consume shell fish including crab, oysters, mussels and cockles. Cheese, fruits and vegetables are also consumed in large quantities.
The food and diet of the peasants is very much home grown. They are unable to afford luxury items such as spices and only Lords and Nobles are allowed to hunt deer, boar, hares and rabbits. The punishment for poaching could result in death or having hands cut off.
The staple diet of the lower classes include:
Rye or barley bread bread, pottage ( a type of stew), dairy products such as milk and cheese, meat such as beef, pork or lamb, fish, home grown vegetables and herbs, fruit from local trees or bushes, nuts and honey.