More Scappi and foraged things..

It is hot, far too hot, but I managed anyway to go outside and see some things to research and take photographs of to go along with a very short post about a few recipes in the Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi that feature ingredients we don’t readily find in shops in our modern age but…

Tracking down a source for Bluebells used as glue

There have been a few bluebell filled days recently, and yesterday was perhaps the most Bluebells I have ever seen in my life. Oceans of them flowed over the curious landscape of an until yesterday undiscovered-by-me part of Charleville forest, luxuriating in the May sunshine in their hundred of thousands, mellowing under slow wandering clouds…

Mushrooms in The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi

There are times when my job in IT gets …busy.. and I contemplate other things I could be doing. It has become an especially strong feature of pandemic life now that I spend so much of my time in the one place in front of the same screens I worry I am taking root. The…

Buckthorn for inks and pigments

I have been trying for quite some time to find Buckthorn berries in the wild. It’s surprisingly difficult. When I started in the SCA first, or rather, when I decided ink making was for me having found the SCA, I found the Special Collections Conservation Unit of the Preservation Department of Yale University Library’ pamphlet…

An inkmaker’s kit

Some time ago I signed up to help out at an Eplaheimr demo in Loughrea, at the Medieval festival ( ‘Echoes of our Past’ – in partnership with Irish Walled Towns Network, Galway County Council and The Heritage Council.) there. The brief was to bring something as a sample of what I do that I…

Essential tools for early pyromaniacs.

Long, long ago.. okay it was April-ish … I heard many excellent tales about an event called Serve it Forth, held in Polderslot.  It appears to have been an event I would have enjoyed very much, featuring cooking and food related classes, and I was sorry to miss it.  The bit that really made me…

When things go wrong

I had to call a halt to SCA, mundane work just got too busy and too fraught, my health took a little interesting detour and I’d end up an awful lot of evenings utterly unable to remember my name yet alone how to SCA or anything like it. There was an occasional wave through a…

A rose by any other name would ..taste? as sweet

I’ve spent quite a lot of hours on making flowers for a wedding cake, and the practice of making real world items in sugar is most definitely a medieval one so I get to cheat and include them here. This is another not exactly SCA post, more interest adjacent.  I am due to return to…

No, really, just no..

Things I did not need in my life – A recipe for cooking cat “123. ROAST CAT (98) AS YOU WISH TO EAT IT” from Ruperto de Nola’s “Libre del Coch” I’ll spare you the gorey details. It says not to eat the brains “for they say that eating the brains will cause him who…

The dreaded tooth worm

The attendant extravagances of pain associated with dental problems in the 21st century make me seriously wonder how humanity survived to this point.  I had a ‘lovely’ time not all that long ago with a dental abscess, followed quickly by more problems in teeth close  to the same spot (the original problem causing tooth having…

The Oak Gall’s connected to the Oak twig

I’ve mentioned before, I think, that as a kid I had known oak galls as oak apples.  Turns out I was partially right.  They’re one type of oak gall and not even the one I was associating with the name.  I’ve been doing a little research into my favourite ink making ingredient (as every good…

Preparing for class

Lately most of my time has been going on new website stuff with Lady Sela and that’s been great.   A&S wise, I have a big but secret project ongoing that’s been keeping me busy, but I also have a lamp work glass class to give at the Althing in Eplaheimr in October.  I realised it…