We set the table with pewter plates, cups, and silverware. When Joanne gave us instructions to "eat off you knife, not your fork", we were a bit puzzled. In true 18th-century style, we placed the fork (with two very sharp tines) in our left hand and our knife (with a not-so-sharp very wide blade) in our right. We were told not to eat with the fork, but to push the food onto our knife and eat from the dull backside. Talk about awkward! You should have seen the elbows sticking out as we shoveled food in our mouths . . . LOL.
Conner was the first to clean his plate and it was quite apparent that he got the hang of eating in the 18th-century style quickly!
What an experience! From the lessons learned about 18th-century cooking, seeing how old receipts were adapted to the 21st-century table, hands-on fun cooking on an open hearth, to tasting our dishes, it was a culinary adventure of a lifetime for this Dutch oven Chef!