A little paradise at Champions of Lough Devnaree…

And besides all this (proceeded Socrates), nowhere among the various countries which he inhabits or visits does he fail to make it his first care that there shall be orchards and gardens, parks and “paradises,” as they are called, full of all fair and noble products which the earth brings forth; and within these chiefly…

The continuing saga of Art and Sugar

    The plan for today was that we would go to Kilkenny for a Household day and we were really, REALLY looking forward to it.  Tuathal and I were especially looking forward to getting some serious archery practice in, I had some perg I wanted to get to Casssandra and maybe doing a little…

Art and a little bit of medieval sweetness.

Art had big plans for Champions of the Court of Love, he intended making *all the sweets in the world* and having a stand at the event.  Art is 11.  His mother was event stewarding.  We compromised on a smaller project after he decided to finally get stuck in, and he created a small selection…

Another lunch menu

First a little reminder to myself.  An iPad is a wonderful thing, but when you have to leave it on the windowsill on the other side of the kitchen for connectivity etc, and you are relying on swipe to unlock each time and calling up the web to access your recipes you will begin to…

Champions of Lough Devnaree (and some other bits and pieces)

I know, I know, I have a lot of catching up to do.  I will have posts on cuttlefish metal casting and dyeing with weld, madder, logwood, almond skins and elderberries shortly, but I need to organise a few mundane life things first.  Oh, and go to Autumn Crown Tourney in Caerphilly Castle, Wales this weekend…

Small treats for Medieval demos

I have properly discovered what a wonderful resource Stefan’s Florilegium is. (http://www.florilegium.org/) It’s kind of the default go to web site for useful stuff about skills you might want to know about in the SCA, and you tend to hear about it early on. In the words of THLord Stefan li Rous (Mark S. Harris)…

What’s sugar without a little colour..

And with a sentiment like that, so began the ruination of the modern diet way back in medieval times… My son will describe people who are being a little over enthusiastic about things as being “hopped up on Coke (of the cola variety) and Skittles”.  I feel a little guilty with my current project to…

Period sugar paste – sweet dreams are made of this..

While I think of it – this is the recipe I am going to try next for sugar paste for more authentic period sugar craft subtleties.   This one is from The good Hus-wiues Iewell  (I love this bit –  Printed by E. Allde for Edward White, dwelling at the little North doore of Paules Church at the signe of…

Teaching young men to make roses

Okay, one young man. Art was looking for something to do this evening so we made gingerbread. We were talking about some chocolate plastique roses I made in the past, turns out he was very taken with them at the time, and jealous that they went off on a cake for someone who wasn’t him….

Here be dragons…

My cousin got married the May Bank Holiday weekend, the week leading up to it  was an eventful week and I ended up helping out making some icing roses for the wedding cake.  I’ve done a little bit of sugarcraft stuff in the past as my parents have iced a few wedding cakes over the…

Medieval vegetables and making up pies..

The Feast of Fools is this weekend.  Agnes is Feastocrat for the event, which is being run by Dun in Mara.  I’ve already got to try some of her recipes and mmmmmmm, looking forward to the real thing!  She has asked me to make some vegetable pies for Saturday’s lunch – remember, No Meat during…

Candied Peel and almonds

Art and I were looking for some small treats he could make for upcoming events.  I came across a recipe for candied peel in some online translations by Janet Hinson of Le Menagier de Paris, a French medieval housekeeping book (written austensibly for a young woman as a practical guide to running a good household in 1393) I can remember…