How to Eat Like a Viking: The Tale of Bone Broth by Gina Conkle

How to Eat Like a Viking: The Tale of Bone Broth by Gina Conkle

  My Viking food journey has begun. Today’s adventure was the age old cooking process of broth making. Most of grab a few cans of broth around the holidays and don’t think twice about what it takes to make this food staple. I’ve made bone broth before, and homemade beats canned (or cartoned) broth by a mile in any taste test. The more I dig into this project, reading and writing Viking stories, immersing myself in their...

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How to Eat Like a Viking: 3 Things You Must Know First by Gina Conkle

How to Eat Like a Viking: 3 Things You Must Know First by Gina Conkle

  How to Eat Like a Viking: 3 Things You Must Know First* After a trip to Sweden in 1999, Vikings have fascinated me. The first romance novel I wrote was Norse Jewel, a Viking romance. But, the Norse hammers in my head needed balance. So, I wrote Georgian romance set squarely in mid-1700s. Lately, the scales tipped back to hot Viking tales again. That’s what brought me to one of my favorite research finds, An Early Meal. The Sagas...

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Take The Quiz: Who Would You Be If You Fell Back In Time?*

This one’s for the history buffs who picture themselves in other times and places. Imagine yourself on Iceland. History is being made and you play a role in it. Who would you be? Read the four profiles and pick which woman you most identify with. The answers to these real Viking women can be found below.    Four Profiles   A)     You’re a quiet, deep thinker. There’s a quality of stillness about you that...

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History Thursday: A Woman’s Wisdom on How to Conquer

  We’ve all heard, “Behind every great man stands a woman.”  I’d push the adage further. Beside every great man stands a great woman.  Especially when it comes to Vikings. Archaeologists have lately declared Viking women fought alongside Viking men — like this is a thrilling revelation. Many assumed the bones found at historical digs belonged to Viking men. Recent DNA tests corrected this.  Turns out a lot...

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How ‘Dark’ were the Dark Ages for Women?

How ‘Dark’ were the Dark Ages for Women?

The Dark Ages. Those times conjure bad images. Disease. Famine. Poverty. When barbarians trounced Rome, a power vacuum hung over Europe. The vast connection of roads once protected by Roman soldiers gave way to outlaws. By the 6th century, the great empire was reduced to a fraction of its might. But, were the Dark Ages so bad? If you travel north, you’ll find the law of primogeniture (the tradition of oldest male relative — ie eldest...

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