The Giant's Meal of Ravensburg


Boil the quail eggs until hard. Mix the yogurt with minced garlic and one to two diced cucumber as well as some olive oil, salt, and honey, and stir diligently. Then, cut all but one tomato into slices or quarters and slice the remaining cucumbers.   Heat up olive oil in a pan. As it does, place some dill into the oil after cutting off the stems, making a bed for the herring to fry on. Once the pan is hot, place the herring and fry it. This should not take long, since it is a small fish, you'll see when it is ready. As you turn it (twice), smother it in some lemon juice and sprinkle salt, pepper, and spice mix onto it.   Place the herring on the plate and halve most of the eggs, arranging them to one side of the fish. Place mushrooms, tomato and cucumber slices, a corner of honey comb, and the tiny carrots on the plate and decorate with the whole quail eggs and the remaining uncut tomato.   Serve with the yogurt sauce and some milk.   Enjoy.
  • Herring
  • Some dill
  • Quail eggs
  • Cherry tomatos
  • Tiny cucumbers
  • Tiny carrots
  • Tiny champignons
  • 4-5 tablespoons of yogurt
  • A few garlic cloves
  • A lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chili-pepper-cumin spice mix
  • Honey Comb
  • Milk
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A closer Look

The Song of Jörgensmahl

This song tells of the tradition of the giant's meal, which honors the first High King of the Fiefdoms of Ravensburg, Jörg the Greater, who was thought of as a giant for his enormous stature. The High King is elected by the jarls that rule the different Fiefdoms, and Jörg was so beloved that new High Kings are judged by his standard and fed this meal of tiny things to make them feel the weight of responsibility that rested on the giant's shoulders.
Guitar Chords and Lyrics
The first great king of Ravensburg
was chosen by the jarls
And Jörg the Greater was his name,
as tall was he as all his fame

A giant king who led us well
for he was wise and strong
And so we ever honor him
By passing on this song.

When a new king takes the throne
we serve to him the giant's meal,
so he may rule as well as Jörg,
and know the rulers weight.

The golden honey of the land;
put little greens into the pail
and of the forest tiny 'shrooms
together with the eggs of quail

When a new king takes the throne
we serve to him the giant's meal,
so he may rule as well as Jörg,
and know the rulers weight.

From homeward lands within the lake
bring haring fish and dill so fresh
From lands of Druith the golden fruit
From far away bring spices good

Lay all of these onto his plate
that's half the size like fork and knife
pour milk into a tiny glass
and bring it to the king

When a new king takes the throne
we serve to him the giant's meal,
so he may rule as well as Jörg,
and know the rulers weight.

On some of the Ingredients and their Origin

Herring of Loch Môrdryn
The Kaltani Fiefdoms of Ravensburg are located largely around Loch Môrdryn, which is frozen over for more than 200 days of the year. The Ravensburg Kaltani trade large quantities of silverback trout to the Glade of Druith each year in exchange for the magically enhanced fruit picked in the Druith orchards all over the year. Herring, frozen in the ice, is also cut out in blocks and served year round.
Altonar Spice
Altonar, the City at the Water Vent, is the central power of the Axis of Steel (both politically and geographically). Their allies, Svalbrynd to the South, and the Fiefdoms of Ravensburg to the North, have profited greatly from their technological advantage, however, cooling elements and transportation aren't the only thing, Altonar brings other things to the table. For one there is also its famous Altonar Spice: A mixture of Svalbrynd sea salt, black pepper of Nyingma, red chilly peppers of the Yellow Sands, and locally grown cumin. A fiery mix, which is well liked far and wide.
Fruits of the Glade
North of the Brammenwoods lies the Glade of Druith, just past the great Lake of Glazglubin. Home to the nomadic, spiritualist people of Druith. By the power of their schamani animancy, their lush trees are laden with juicy fruit most times of the year, and they have taken to trading that fruit with neighboring powers, such as the Fiefdoms of Ravensburg.


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24 Oct, 2018 02:39

This is a really cool entry for the contest! I love the background on all of the ingredients and where they come from! I also like the concept behind the dish, I can definitely understand why its called the Giant's Meal, given how small the ingredients are. Is it just inspired by the king, or did he eat it though?
On a side note, the arrangement of photos and quote boxes is a little hard to read. It might just be me, but I found it a little hard to focus? I'm not sure that there's much to be done, though, not without ruining the effect.

24 Oct, 2018 10:11

Jörg didn't eat the Jörgensmahl; or perhaps he did so every day. The idea was to give Jörg's perspective to the new high kings. As a giant, every meal would look tiny like this to him ^-^   I have tried combining your critique with Dimitris's and moved the tidbits to the side, adding an ingredient list and preparation guide to the main article. Does this work better?

24 Oct, 2018 21:32

That makes sense!
And the article is much easier read now! Good work!

24 Oct, 2018 21:52

Good enough to like? :P

24 Oct, 2018 22:20

Now that you mention it, I think so! (Sorry, very busy today, and forgot last time.)

24 Oct, 2018 22:36

tcha-ching! uh... I mean thanks ^-^

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24 Oct, 2018 05:53

Koray,   This is a beautiful entry for the competition and an amazing article. I personally loved the narration during the cooking because it was SO VERY RICH in content about your world without being overwhelming. I would seriously consider and suggest that you do many more of these video led narrations - for me as a dyslexic boy it was brilliant and so very entertaining.   Overall a beautiful article.  
I am not sure if the maps on the sidebar add to the article. I would suggest you focus more to your content at least in a matter of screen real estate. The that are placed on the main body could easily replace the maps.   I would have liked to see the actual recipe written as in a cookbook in the main content

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24 Oct, 2018 10:14

I'm glad you liked the video, it was certainly fun to make, so who knows, there may be more of that in the future ^-^   I removed the maps, which I added for sidebar filling, and instead moved the tidbits there to better separate the content visually. As you suggested I put the recipe and ingredient list into the main body below the video, moving the tidbits to the sidebar. Sadly, this meant I had to remove some of the tidbits and slash down others to still remain within the contest requirements (1k words maximum). Still, I think this does work better, so thank you very much for your feedback. I'd love to hear whether this works better for you as well. :3

24 Oct, 2018 21:40

This is some seriously next level worldbuilding!! I love the photos but I do feel a bit overwhelemed by so much going on and would personally prefer just five or so of the photos (maybe even in an image gallery or in the footer?). I love the lore in the sidebar and the recipe itself is a delight to read through. I'll be watching your video on my day off and telling my family about it to see if we can try & make it ourselves! Fantastic work as always!

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24 Oct, 2018 21:53

Thank you very much ^-^ I have tried attaching the images as a gallery, but the rigid formatting really wasn't to my taste.

27 Oct, 2018 12:40

For the #worldbuilding-review channel: Tikal did comment here, I accidentally clicked delete. There was no turning back. I am sorry.

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