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Gypsy Cooking


The cuisine of the Gypsies reflected their nomadic way of life, and included wild plants fish and game that could be taken opportunistically. Their knowledge and understanding of wild foods was essential to their survival.
The Gypsy cuisine reflected the country and culture they lived in, and they adapted to the types of foods that were readily available.
The day began with a breakfast usually of bread, butter and cheese and coffee or tea.
At a typical Gypsy camp the main meal was prepared in a large iron pot and was left to cook gently all day while the Gypsies went about their activiities.  This was typically a stew or soup containing whatever meat and vegetables that were available. Puddings were made for special meals. Coffee made from real beans or more often from from dried dandelion roots was drunk strong and often.