In general, people eat two meals a day.
Dinner, at midday say 11:00 or 12:00
Supper, in the evening, about 6:00.
Husbandmen and others whose work is never done may have their supper as late as 9:00.
It is best to refer to having dinner instead of lunch or even luncheon. Invite people to dine with you, or ask "Where shall we dine today?"
What they eat.
These qualities of bread were commonly baked at Ingatestone Hall in the 1550s.
(man'-chett) A very fine white bread made from wheat flour. Harrison says that one bushel of flour produces 40 cast of manchet, of which every loaf weighs 8 ounces going into the oven and 6 coming out.
A wheaten bread with the coarsest part of the bran removed.
A kind of cheat but with more bran left in. Harrison also says that the ravelled cheat is generally so made that out of one bushel of meal, (after two and twenty pounds of bran be sifted and taken from it), they make thirty cast, every loaf weighing eighteen ounces into the oven, and sixteen ounces out. This makes a "brown household bread agreeable enough for laborers."
Note that bread is baked up by the cast, a batch of 2–3 loaves.
The gentle folk commonly eat wheat bread. Their poorer neighbors often use only rye or barley. In very hard times, beans, peas and (shudder) oats may be used.
A (very) slightly alcoholic pear cider
A very sharp vinegar made from grapes; used for cooking or as a condiment.
include malmsey, canary, rhenish, claret, sack, and sherry
Sherry, some times called "Jerez wine"
Any strong spirit such as brandy
A distilled wine
Most wines are sweet and rather heavy. They probably have to be strained before you want to drink them, and may still have solid matter floating in them.
Sugar and spices ("cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg and clove") are often added to wine and even to beer.
Rhenish is a German wine, and very strong.
Claret comes from Gascony (southern France).
Canary is a white wine from the Canary Islands.
Sack comes from Spain. Sack is popularly sweetened with sugar.
Beer in England is usually ale, made without hops, and is relatively flat. It can be flavored with just about anything, including pepper, ivy, rosemary, and lupins.