!!1Pkl0jp/64C 01/07/12(Sat)02:01 No.17450968|
Obviously, aside from very specalized crops such as mushrooms, some types of tubers, and certain varieties of edible mosses/lichens, it's damn difficult to grow stuff underground. Doubly so for livestock.
So there are surface-level farming areas and such for the purposes of raising animals and growing crops. However, unlike human settlements, cows and pigs are not common, or acclimated, to the mountainous areas dwarves call home. Sheep and goats however, manage quite well, and thus mutton and chevon take the place of pork and beef at the dwarven tablescape.
Crops, aside from the aforementioned shrooms and tubers, are also surfacegrown, commonly wheat, fruit trees, and assorted vegetables. However, years of selective planting have resulted in hardier and more cold-resistant crops, at the small sacrifice of some quality of flavor. Thus, to offset the slightly bland nature of dwarven crops, their cooking is rather big of seasoning, with various spices, broths, and marinades employed to liven up the flavor of their dishes. While not to the same degree a brewmasters do, some families also create "signature" spice blends or marinades whose recipes they keep close-to-heart and only share with family. Indeed, it's often considered the true sign of being accepted into her beloved's family, when a new dwarven bride is allowed to see inside her mother-in-law's cookbook.