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…

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…

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…