Foods & Beverages
"There were several yards of sausages hung on hooks, numerous cannisters of flour, sugars, and salts; many smaller containers of spices and condiments. Two large wine jugs stood in one corner of the room. There were many closed pantries lining the walls, and a number of pumps and tubs on one side. Some boxes and baskets of hard fruit were stored there. I could see the bread ovens in one wall, theh long fire pit over which could be put cooking racks, the mountings for spits and kettle hooks; the fire pit was mostly black now, but here and there I could see a few broken sticks of glowing charcoal, aside from this, the light in the room came from one small thalarion oil lamp hanging from the ceiling..."
Assassin of Gor - 271
Black wine: a coffee type drink very expensive. the beans are freshly ground and it is very strong. served first or second slave.
first slave: with yellow and white sugars and bosk cream.
second slave: served black.
"'Second slave,' I told her, which, among the river towns, and in certain cities, particularly in the north, is a way of indicating that I would take the black wine without creams or sugars, and as it came from the pouring vessel, which, of course, in these areas, is handled by the "second slave," the first slave being the girl who puts down the cups, takes the orders and sees that the beverage is prepared according to the preferences of the one who is being served.....The expression "second slave," incidentally, serves to indicate that one does not wish creams or sugars with one's black wine, even if only one girl is serving."
Guardsman of Gor, page 244-245
Ka-la-na: a very strong wine made from the fruit of the Ka-la-na tree, it only comes in red, is always served in goblets, and can be served room temperature, or chilled. Chilled bottles are kept in the cool room in the kitchen.
Kal-da: alcoholic beverage made of ka-la-na wine diluted with citrus juices and mixed with strong spices, and served hot
"I had hardly settled myself behind the table when the propietor had placed a large, fat pot of steaming Kal-da before me. It almost burned my hands to lift the pot. I took a long, burning swig of the brew and though, on another ocassion, I might have thought it foul, tonight it sang through my body like the bubbling fire it was, a sizzling, brutal irritant that tasted so bad and yet charmed me so much I had to laugh."
Outlaw of Gor, page 78
Paga: a grain-based, distilled hard liquor akin to whiskey; sometimes served warm
Rence ale: Gorean Ale is closer to a Honey Lager than to an ale or beer...a deep gold in color, and brewed from the grains of Gor and hops
"Many were the roast tarsk and roast bosk that had roasted over the long fire, on the iron spits. Splendid was the quality of the ale at the tables of the Blue Tooth..."
Marauders of Gor, page 191
"At such times there is drinking of rence beer, steeped, boiled and fermented from the crushed seeds and the whitish pith of the plant."
Raiders of Gor, page 18
"I had also been used to carry the heavy kettles of rence beer from the various islands to the place of feasting."
Raiders of Gor, page 41
Sul paga: an alcoholic beverage made from suls; akin to vodka
"Sul paga, as anyone knew, is seldom available outside of a peasant village, where it is brewed. Sul paga would slow a thalarion. To stay on your feet after a mouthful of Sul paga it is said one must be of the peasants, and then for several generations. And even then, it is said, it is difficult to manage. There is a joke about the baby of a peasant father being born drunk nine months later."
Slave Girl of Gor, page 414
Meade: Mead is made from fermented honey, water and spices. It is a beverage found in the northern regions of Gor, such as Torvaldsland, usually served warm in a Horn or a cup
"In the north generally, mead, a drink made with fermented honey and water, and often spices and such, tends to be favored over paga."
Vagabonds of Gor, page 16
" 'Here Jarl,' said Thyri, again handing me the horn. It was filled with the mead of Torvoldsland, brewed from fermented, honey, thick and sweet."
Marauders of Gor, page 90
Ta~wine: Ta wine is made only from specific grapes, ta grapes in fact, that are most commonly grown on the Cosian or the island of Cos, terraces. It can be served room temperature or chilled, as a Master desires, Served most often in goblets.
"It was Ta wine, from the Ta grapes of the terraces of Cos...In the last year heavy import duties had been levied byt the high council of Vonda agains the wines of certain other cities, in particular against the Ka-la-nas of Ar."
Fighting Slave of Gor, page 306
Cheeses: There are two types of cheese described, made from the milk of the bosk and verr. Most often, broken into small cubes or thin slices and arranged upon a platter with a variety of fruits, nuts, olives, and bread...
"In the cafes I had feasted well. I had had verr meat, cut in chunks and threaded on a metal rod, with slices of peppers and larma, and roasted; vulo stew with raisins, nuts, onions and honey; a kort with melted cheese and nutmeg; hot Bazi tea, sugared and later, Turian wine."
Tribesmen of Gor, page 48
Bosk: Can be served roasted and sliced, or as steaks. The milk of the bosk is very drinkable and can be used to make cheese and churned for butter
"The bosk, without which the Wagon Peoples could not live, is an ox like creature. It is a huge, shambling animal, with a thick, humped neck and long, shaggy hair. Not only does the flesh of the bosk and the milk of its cows furnish the Wagon Peoples with food and drink, but its hides cover the domelike wagons in which they dwell; its tanned and sewn skin cover their bodies…"
Nomads of Gor, pages 4-5
"With a serving prong, she placed narrow strips of roast bosk and fried sul on my plate."
Guardsman of Gor, page 234
Tarsk: Similar to the boar or wild pig of Earth. Roast tarsk on the spit is yummy.
"Before the feast I had helped the women, cleaning fish and dressing marsh gants, and then, later, turning spits for the roasted tarsks, roasted over rence-root fires, kept on metal pans, elevated above the rence of the islands by metal racks, themselves resting on larger pans."
Raiders of Gor, page 44
Vulo: A small pidgeon-like bird. Can be cooked and eaten. The very small eggs are cooked for the breakfast meal by frying them in a large, flat pan. Takes several birds or many eggs to make a meal for a hungry Warrior.
"…vulo stew with raisins, nuts, onions and honey…"
Tribesmen of Gor, page 48
"I shot the spiced vulo brain into my mouth…"
Nomad of Gor, page 84
"Soon, I smelled the frying of vulo eggs in a large, flat pan…"
Slave Girl of Gor, page 73
"I smelled roast bosk cooking, and fried vulo...I held the leg of the fried vulo toward one of the girls..."
Hunters of Gor, page 34
Thassian Lobster: Served boiled with drawn bosk butter and tospit juice. A very succulent and sensual meal for a special Master.
Marsh Shark: prepare steaks of the marsh shark in oiled rence paper with slices of garlic, folding it up well and baking it over the fire to seal in the flavors without losing the moisture. Then one might prepare rence paste, adding bits of carrots and peas and onions, and lightly frying them. one would serve the marsh shark by preparing a platter with a couple of the moist cakes and the packet of rence paper-wrapped fillet, with the steam ready to escape when the Master opened it. or grilled over an open flame and served with slices of tospit, topped with melted bosk butter mixed with tospit juice. It may be accompanied by baked suls or rice, and a variety of mixed vegetables
Sul: Starchy, Tuberous root of the sul plant, a golden brown, One way of serving is to break it open and fill it with melted Bosk cheese, or sliced and fried to a golden brown and served with vulo eggs. also a main ingrediant in sullage
"The sul is a large, thick-skinned, yellow-fleshed, root vegetable. It is very common on this world. There are a thousand ways in which it is prepared. It is fed even to slaves. I had had some at the house; narrow, cooked slices, smeared with butter, sprinkled with salt, fed to me by hand."
Dancer of Gor, page 80
Sullage: Sullage is a Gorean soup consisting of three ingredients and "whatever else may be found". It is a very common dish. The main ingredients are sul, the leaves of the Tur-Pah , and the roots of the Kes shrub.
"First she boiled and simmered a kettle of Sullage, a common Gorean soup consisting of three standard ingredients, and, as it is said, whatever else may be found, saving only the rocks of the field. The principal ingredients of Sullage are the golden Sul, …the curled, red, ovate leaves of the Tur-Pah, a tree parasite,… and the salty, blue secondary roots of the Kes shrub…"
Priest Kings of Gor, page 45
Kort: A rinded fruit of the Tahari; served sliced with melted cheese and nutmeg sprinkled atop it
"…a large brownish-skinned, thick-skinned, sphere shaped vegetable, usually some six inches in width, the interior of which is yellow, fibrous, and heavily seeded."
Tribesmen of Gor, page 37
Sa-Tarna Bread: Sa-tarna is a grain, yellow in color. It is a staple of Gor. It is ground and used to bake the Sa-Tarna Bread that is a staple food at every Gorean meal. The bread is a rounded, flat loaf that is yellow in color. It is marked, before baking, into six sections.
"I thought of the yellow Gorean bread, baked in the shape of round, flat loaves, fresh and hot;…"
Outlaw of Gor, page 76
"He removed my hand from the binding fiber. I reached out for him. He thrust a huge piece of the yellow Sa-Tarna bread into my hands."
Captive of Gor, page 114
Larma Fruit: The larma is a sweet fleshy fruit similar to a peach. This fruit when served sliced with a honey glaze may be a symbolic plea by a slave to be used sexually by the one she serves. A girl is wise to consider carefully when she serves larma fruit
"On Gor, the female slave, desiring her master, yet sometimes fearing to speak to him, frightened that she may be struck, has recourse upon occasion, to certain devices, the meaning of which is generally established and culturally well understood….Another device, common in Port Kar, is for the girl to kneel before the master and put her head down and lift her arms, offering him fruit, usually a larma or a yellow Gorean peach, ripe and fresh.
Tribesmen of Gor, pages 27-28
Ta~grapes: Ta grapes are a large grape, the size of a small plum, and have pits and skin that should be removed before serving. The best are grown on the Island of Cos, on the terraces. They can be eaten as a fruit, mixed with other fruits and served as a salad, or made into wine or juice
"…and others, from goblets, gave us of wines, Turian wines, thick and sweet, Ta wine, from the famed Ta grapes, from the terraces of Cos…"
Tribesmen of Gor, page 213
Ramberries: Ram-berries are a small, reddish fruit, like tiny plums, except that they are filled with many small, edible seeds, Picked berries would be washed well and served whole, either alone or mixed with other fruits, prepared as a jelly or jam, juiced, cooked into syrup, baked into muffins, or in many dishes (especially desserts, such as tarts).
"A guard was with us, and we were charged with filling our leather buckets with ram-berries, a small reddish fruit with edible seeds, not unlike plums save for the many small seeds."
Captive of Gor, page 305
Peaches: Peaches would be served just like on earth. Chilled (either whole or sliced), stewed, or possibly made into a dessert. They could also be dried or spiced and stored for use during the off-season or for trading to regions where peaches are not grown
"On Gor, the female slave, desiring her master, yet sometimes fearing to speak to him, frightened that she may be struck, has recourse upon occasion, to certain devices, the meaning of which is generally established and culturally well understood….Another device, common in Port Kar, is for the girl to kneel before the master and put her head down and lift her arms, offering him fruit, usually a larma or a yellow Gorean peach, ripe and fresh."
Tribesmen of Gor, pages 27-28
Tospit: A tospit is a small, yellowish-white peachlike citrus fruit, about the size of a plum, which grows on trees or bushes. There are two varieties, the long stemmed and the short stemmed, that are not discernible without the stem. They are a bitter fruit, with a strong flavor. They are a hard-fleshed fruit and may be easily dried for storage
"He looked at me shrewdly and, to my surprise, drew a tospit out of his pouch, that yellowish-white, bitter fruit, looking something like a peach, but about the size of a plum."
Nomads of Gor, page 149