Research

Jennifer Strobel, Food Historian

Aude aliquid dignum

Currently attending the University of Massachusetts-Lowell to attain a Bachelor of the Arts in English. Graduation expected in 2015.

Misc. Research Contributions
2010: Contributed research to “Mercury’s Daughter”, a work in progress by Nicole Marie Schreiber. This is a historical fiction novel taking place in Flanders during the sixteenth century.

Works In Progress:
The Spice Box of the Low Countries (16th Century)
This is a project to determine the most common flavorings used in Dutch cuisine during the sixteenth century by counting frequency in three sixteenth century Netherlandish cookbooks: “Wel ende edelike spijse” (1500), “Het eerste gedrukte Nederlandsche kookboek” (+1510), and “Eenen seer schoonen ende excellenten Cocboek” (1593). This is a general survey and the individual counts will be presented separately, but interpreted as a whole. This allows for individual analysis and interpretation of the results. The methodology that I used was to count the frequency of appearance of specific spices, herbs, sweeteners, nuts, florals, and miscellaneous flavorings that appear in these works.

Published Works:
The Chicken Came First: A History of the Domesticated Chicken
This is a general survey of the information gathered while researching the origins of the domestic chicken. This information premiered at the Royal University of the Midrealm on 20 February 2010.

History of Fruitcake
This is an update of the information first explored in “In Search of the Ancestral Fruitcake” approximately five years ago (2005). There has been significant new information and there are quite a few points that I have re-thought over the years. This was to ensure that the available information was as up to date as possible.

Almond Pie in the English Manner.
Winner of the first Wooden Pin Competition, sponsored by Gode Cookery.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2005. This is a recipe translated and redacted from Eenen seer schoonen ende excellenten Cocboek and was the winning recipe at the first Æthelmearc Wooden Pin Competition in 2005.

Frisian Cuisine: Roasted Chicken with Stuffing
Won “Best Documentation” category at Atlantian Coronation, March 2005.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2005.

Frisian Cuisine.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2005. This is a recreation of the cuisine of Frisia between 800-1000 CE based on archaeological evidence.

Odriana Zegt Iets Die Over Voedsel Interesseert. (“Odriana says something interesting about food”).
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2004. This was a monthly food column published in the Althing, the newsletter of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands, beginning in November of 2004 and ending in November of 2005.

Two Recipes Translated and Redacted from Eenen seer schoonen ende excellenten Cocboeck by Carolus Battus.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2004.

An Analysis and Overview of Translating Eenen seer schoonen ende excellenten Cocboek (June 2004).
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2004.

A German Market Day Feast.
Strobel, Jennifer. (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2003. Feast Booklet for an all-day 15th century German sideboard. Copyright 2003.

On the Trail of the Ancestral Fruitcake.
Nominated for the 2004 William Blackfox Award for “Best Article”.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2003. Expanded version including information on Mostazzoli and the creation of the plausible, but not documentable “Pampepato d’Odriana”. Submitted for publication in the A&S Issue of the Æstel, November 2003.

Deconstucting Dutch Cuisine.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2003. Published in the A&S edition of the Althing, newsletter of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands. Guest editor, Master Michael Alewright of the MacPhe.

On the Trail of the Ancestral Fruitcake.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2003. Published in the September 2003 Althing, newsletter of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands.

To Serve as Retainer: An introductory discourse upon the art of retaining for Royalty and the Landed Nobility in the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Class Handout. Copyright 2003.

Fill My Cup:A Brief History of Coffee.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2002. Published in the Arts and Sciences issue (September 2002) of the Althing, newsletter of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands

Classes Taught:

How to Coordinate a Gallery/Outdoor Food Safety
This class is an overview of how to plan a Consort’s Gallery at a local event including a suggested schedule for advertising your Gallery and educating your area about what a Gallery is and why they want one at their event. Suggestions for foods that are good to have in a Gallery (based on time of year) and an overview of basic food safety and handling.
This class has been taught at:
Æthelmearc Æcademy, Summer Session, June 2013, Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais

The Chicken Came First: A History of the Domesticated Chicken
This is a general survey of the information gathered while researching the origins of the domestic chicken.
This class has been taught at:
Royal University of the Midrealm, February 2010, Marche of Alderford
Shire of Sunderoak A&S Night, April 2010, Shire of Sunderoak

Frisian Cuisine – or, how to document a cuisine without a cookbook.
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2005. This class discusses the cuisine of Frisia during the years 800-1000 with an emphasis on how to create a menu for a cuisine in a culture that has no cookbooks.
This class has been taught at:
Æcademy, June 2005, Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands
CookCon 3, June 2005, Colorado Springs, Colorado (the material was read by Robin Clune)
Pennsic University, August 2005, Canton of Steltonwald
Royal University of the Midrealm, February 2010, Marche of Alderford
Shire of Sunderoak A&S Night, April 2010, Shire of Sunderoak

An Analysis and Overview of Translating Eenen seer schoonen ende excellenten Cocboeck (Carolus Battus).
Strobel, Jennifer (known in the Society as Odriana vander Brugghe). Copyright 2004. This is a presentation about the experience of the process of translating a specific cookbook from Medieval Dutch into English.
This class has been taught at:
BMDL A&S Night, March 2008, BMDL