Friday, February 24, 2017

Orc Trail Ration

Wats6831 returns with his latest take on fantasy trail rations. This time around he serves up an orcish repast.

Orcs aren't known for their great cuisine. Orcs prefer foods that are readily available (whatever can be had by raiding), and portable with little preparation, though they have a few racial delicacies. Toughs strips of lean meat, bones scavenged from recent kills, and dark coarse bread make up the bulk of common orc rations.

Fire roasted rothe femur (marrow is a rare treat) [beef femur], Strips of dried meat (of unknown origin) [homemade goose jerky], foraged nuts, only edible by orcs....nut cracker tusks [brazil nuts], coarse black bread, made with whatever grains can be pillaged [black sesame bread], Pungent peppers [Habanero peppers stuffed with smoked fish and olives].


Kilroy Manzeppi said...

Damn! You beat me to it. Okay since it has been thrown down comma I am going to try writing a how to book on this.
On a side note, I really don't think that marrow bones would be Trail rations. The only reason I say that is I don't think they would last a full day after they are made. Trail rations should last up to a week.

Propnomicon said...

@ Kilroy Manzeppi

I think Wats6831 is moving beyond the basic trail rations idea to more of a fantasy feast approach. That can make the theming of each installment a little dodgy.

You're right about the marrow. I can totally see orcs having a fine ol' time crunching bones at the dinner table, but it's not really a food you would carry on the trail. That said, I kind of wish they'd taken the marrow thing a bit further. The bones they're using haven't really been prepped properly. Roasting marrow requires rings of bone cut from the long bones or bones cracked along the center to expose the full length of the marrow. More importantly, it's insanely delicious when properly roasted.

CoastConFan said...

Marrow was once considered a great delicacy and marrow scoops were once de rigeuer for a fancy table setting in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Collectors of scarce sterling serving pieces are always looking for marrow scoops, stilton scoops and the like to finish up a table setting. Here are some Georgian marrow scoops, if you have a yet for collecting peculiar table utensils.

For those Orcs out there who want to improve their table manners, Martha Stewart has a video on how to use those marrow scoops properly. Remember, practice makes perfect!