Here's a personal favourite: One of the most extravagant feasts at Stirling Castle was put on to celebrate the baptism of James VI's son, Henry. A fully-rigged, 5m-long ship with 36 brass guns was wheeled in to serve the fish course!
BRIEF ARTICLE: "Rue (Ruta graveolens)" by Neill George at Pass the Garum. On the dangerous but edible plant, its popularity in Ancient Rome, and how to find it now. It provides a strong bitter flavor, which could possibly be substituted for using dandelion leaves.