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Old 01-17-2016, 06:56 PM   #11
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I found an article that said he was commissioned to do a series of paintings of foods that are grown in the Spanish climate. That could include saffron. I'm not sure if they grew peppercorns there, although I've seen pepper trees in parts of California where there is a similar climate.

http://arttattler.com/archiveluismelendez.html
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:59 PM   #12
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I don't think peppercorn were grown in Spain back then.
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:47 PM   #13
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I don't think peppercorn were grown in Spain back then.
My guess is peppercorns. Pepper was a very rare and expensive spice and the merchant would have wrapped them carefully rather than just dump them in your hand. I'm not aware of saffron being used with wild game. Much to light a flavor.
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Old 01-17-2016, 09:12 PM   #14
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It's a painting by Luis Melendez a 18 century Spanish artist. I'm very curious what could be in those two folded paper packs?

I don't know where else to ask, and thought this forum would have people who may know the answer.

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Welcome and thank you so much for asking us! What a fascinating thread it's turning into.
I love food and art, and art about food! Bravo.
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Old 01-17-2016, 09:51 PM   #15
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Thanks! I have more, I just posted lol. I'm glad there are people here interested in cooking, arts and history. I think it is fascinating to think of what they used to eat, how they used to cook.
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