Activities Week through 2-21-16 Feast

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t letterThis week was our feast! Just about the whole report is foods and feast prep, plus the feast on Sunday! The link to the cookbook is below. Anja wasn’t not done writing up some of the stuff until 3/5!

Pies before tops

Pies before tops

We’ll being going back to a more normal schedule and format this week. The next event that folks are planning on is Coronet.

This coming week we have:

  • Metal Night – Tuesday Nights, held as announced – contact for info. In Toledo
  • Sewing – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 3-9pm
  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here:

fish food motifCookbook got finished on 3/5!

Word Version – House Capuchin Winter Feast Cookbook AS L

PDF version – House Capuchin Winter Feast Cookbook AS L

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Early Week – The shopping list had to be gone over and then more cooking got going on Tuesday.

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Feast Prep Tuesday

Anja says: “You want noms? I just did two batches of filbert marzipan, one with rose water and one with vanilla (that’s totally out of period, so far’s I can tell) OMGS!!!!!!! It’s going to have to get divided up somehow, else it’ll vanish into *us*! omgs….. It’s rich and fragrant, both. Doesn’t take a lot for satiety.”

“Simple, too. Equal amounts nuts and sugar measured out. Grind nuts in the food processor until fine. Add sugar and process until mixed. Add liquid (rosewater or home-made vanilla extract or maybe orange-flower water) a dribble at a time until a ball of it starts rolling around the processor. Scrape down and process just a little more, to get it all incorporated. I want to do this for Yule dipped in chocolate….omgs….”

More blackberry jam followed and then bacon/blue butter. Frying 3 pounds of bacon (only one for the butter) took awhile! By the time the bacon was done, the pickle broths were going and garlics needed to be peeled and onions sliced and eventually that all ended up in the fridge.

Final result on marzipans

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021716 Marcus pinsMetal Night – …was just Marcus working on fibulae. Loren was shopping for the feast.

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Feast Prep – Wednesday

Sorting out the stuffs that Loren purchased on Tuesday took awhile. Freezers needed to be disemboweled as well, since some things purchased months ago were out of reach. We had to sort out the spices and figure out what each is, since they were bought bulk. …and found out that it was the coriander seed that turned stuff green. We’ve always used it ground… bean pickles got finished, then three boxes of stuff headed for the Duckmeister’s, so that I had some room in the fridge.

Pickle broths got put away at that point so I had just the mushroom pickles to do. They take mustard and red wine and cider vinegar, rather than the standard broth. One more marzipan happened, this time from almonds, and then the Columella chicken sauce. After that some lamb meat got cooked to be added to the big soup.

Real Marzipan

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Sewing Time went sideways since Anja was home. She ended up doing some mending.

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Feast Prep – Thursday

Started with picking over the cooled chicken. Eventually the huckleberries got found and a jam made, although about 1/4 cup of it! We ended up with about 6 cups of chicken, far more than the gravy needed. Heated the “jellied” stuff in the bottom of the box and got about another 1/2 cup of broth.

Finally got the pikl’d funges done. At about that time Loren ran in, panicking over needing to get out on the shopping trip. He got the failed cheese into the freezer (no use wasting it, after all, it’ll make a great ham and corn chowder!) and then we went over the list and he took off.

Later in the evening stuff started getting packed to go to the feast site.

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Feast Prep – Friday

Anja was pretty excited, so was up way early, sorting and packing materials and equipment for the day. Loren did all the hauling in and Marcus dropped Gudrun off pretty early. There ended up being only 2 of us, instead of the 4 or 5 that Anja hoped for, so by the end of the day she was wiped and so was Gudrun! We made a lot of bread, got the rest of the pickles put together and finished the soup.

Packing in and the full fridge!

Hail and ducks


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Feast Prep – Saturday – Whole lotta cooking! We had 4 of us during the day and Gudrun and Anja worked on things until past 8pm. The rabbit pie filling took *all* *day* to cook! We had to go out in the middle of the day to get a few things from the house and from the store that had gotten missed. Loren came down after work and set up the “feast hall”. The Herb Bunch folks showed up and helped for most of the day, doing a lot of the picking and shelling and such.

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Feast Prep – Sunday – Of course this was the big push! There weren’t that many things to finish, the crab picking and setting up the pies being the big ones. Anja made the mustard sauce and set up the butters and cheeses and all early on. Gudrun did most of the getting into serving dishes. The Herb Bunch did most of the dishes (bless them!) and the swimming sausages among other things. Everyone got pressed into serving. The crab ended up being a late-in-the feast dish.

It seemed like folks had a great time! We had several people who came in later, one right in the last hour of the feast, but they all got fed!



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Picking the crab & setting up pies

Picking the crab & setting up pies

From Pater – The food was really yummy. The company even better. It was awesome to get to visit with Countess Astrid, and to meet somebody new with Flora. I completed my fibula for Her Highness, and was able to learn some stuff about felting.

From Gudrun – Ow!

A needlefelted piece!

A needlefelted piece!

From Flora – House Capuchin invited me to their Winter Feast, being a new SCA member and all. I enjoyed myself immensely! The food was absolutely wonderful with handmade rolls, jams, homemade cheese and flavored butters to go with them. The rabbit pie was a treat as I’ve not had rabbit for awhile and have missed it. So many foods and such a small stomach! Each course was served in order and presented beautifully. Not having been to a true period Feast, this was a novel experience for me and much enjoyed. I could go on and on about the food as it was so good! The Marzipan balls were exquisite and the homemade cranberry cyser (mead) was a fantastic end to a fantastic meal. Of course, the people I met were just as wonderful. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. I felt like I fit right in. Anja loaned me a tunic so I even had garb to wear. I had taken some beads and such so I had a project to work on, but ended up with Countess Astrid teaching me how to do needle felting. So, I had an absolute wonderful time and hope to spend time with House Capuchin again soon.

From Celia

Serving in process (and dishes!)

Serving in process (and dishes!)

Thank you again for the generous invitation to such a lovely feast! The food was excellent and it was fun (and informative!) to be able to see how some of the delicious dishes were prepared. I did have a few favorites but EVERYTHING was yummy!
I think the real story, for me, anyway, was seeing what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. Anja, YOU are a miracle worker!!! Seriously, I had no idea of the amount of time and prep work that goes into feast production. You are to be applauded for your orchestration…and very enthusiastically!!! Thank you again for having us be a part. 🙂  <blushing scribe ensues….> 

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 Music 10 motifMusic

Blackmore’s Night –

During the feast the Feast Song and several of the Medieval Music sets were played.

First one in the series –


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The Aftermath – 3 coolers worth and 11 boxes of foodstuffs, ingredients and tools got packed out on Monday! …and about 11 sinkfuls of dishes got done, then Loren cleaned the fridge of spills and we called it good. Oof!

Leftovers went home with lots of people. Even Astrid’s dog got some bones! A few things have been frozen to go to feast later in the year, and Anja has promised some of the marzipan to Her Highness!

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Updated Pages

Waxed Linen Covers –

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Miscellaneous pix – Our Princess hamming it up!


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Purses #6! –

Purses #7 –

De castrensi vita in Baetico oppido – If you’re not on Facebook this may not show up….. –

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Loren, Anja, Gudrun, Duckmeister, Herb Bunch (2), Marcus and a bunch of attendees at the feast!

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Largesse Item Count – 

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 1280+84 = 1364 plus 39? pouches (needs a recount), 1 ball, 1 wooden animal, 31 pincushion, 1 sewing kit (4 more in process), 36 soap ball sets(3), 4 fibulae sets (2), 1 pannonian cap, needlecases and spindle sets need set up!
  • Total as a Household = 2267 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
Page Created 2/15/16 & published 2/23/16 (C)M. Bartlett
Last updated 3/5/16

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