Most people had knives and spoons, but a fork was very rare, and still considered an oddity until the 1700s. Usually only the wealthy had plates and cups of their own. Lower classes shared plates in pairs. People also had trenchers – thick unleavened bread, which was essentially a bread plate.
Sometimes the left over trencher was given to the poor, sometimes the dogs, and sometimes ate by the diner himself. Over time, the trenchers began to be replaced by a square piece of wood with a circular depression in the middle – ancestors of modern plates…
Creamy boletus soup beloved by Grand Duchess of Lithiania Ona Vytautienė
with pumpkin oil
Nourishing hunters’ hodgepodge
Written sources first mention hodgepodge in 15th c. This thick, fat and spicy soup was popular with vodka and was used as both appetizer and main course.
Lithuanian cold beetroot soup “Šaltibarščiai”
with potatoes (with kefir)
Hunting takes restaurant – the real Lithuanian culinary heritage.