16th Century, Ottoman

Pretty Pretty (Murder-y) Peacock Prince

In May 2022 my very good friend Helga won the Coronet for the Principality of the Mists in the West (Bay Area California) by her own hand (this happened to be the same Mists Coronet where I became a member of the Order of the Pelican). I was sad that my family is now living so far away (South Carolina)…

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Accessories, Antwerpen, Knitting

Red Brimmed Thrum Cap

(I actually finished this in May 2019 but realized that I’d never hit publish on the blog post). After my first thrummed cap I decided I wanted something a bit different. The first cap did not have a brim. It was also thrummed during the knitting (fiddly) and I felt that at 6″ the thrums were too long. Lastly after…

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SCAMythMonday

SCAMythMonday: Only knights are allowed to wear chains

Myth: In the SCA, only knights are allowed to wear unladen chains. Fact: This is true. (Oh! Did you see all of those feathers ruffle?)According to SCA laws and precedents circular chains of all colors (that is, any color of chain made with open links that does not have a clasp and that does not have a medallion/charm) are reserved…

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SCAMythMonday

SCAMythMonday: Supporting BIPOC

Myth: The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century cultures. Fact: This is the shining standard. This is what we say we want to be. For many reasons we’re falling short of this. It’s only in the last few years that the SCA mission statement was grudgingly updated to remove the reference to “Western European” cultures…

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Recipes

Vert desire from “Diuersa Cibaria” (first quarter 1300s)

This was redacted for the Virtual cooking challenge #6 – Vert desire which was posted on the SCA Virtual Classroom and Artisan Display. Sylvie’s translation:1. White dish from Syria. Almond milk, rice flour, chicken meat, separated ginger (grated. only the good part, not the skin), sugar, white wine. Each of those should cook in a clean possenet (cooking pot that holds about a…

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Recipes

Sour cherry cooked in wine from “The Science of Cooking, a Medieval Transylvanian Cookbook” (late 1500s Transylvania)

This was redacted for the Virtual cooking challenge #6 – Sour cherry cooked in wine which was posted on the SCA Virtual Classroom and Artisan Display. I don’t have easy access to sour cherries.. so instead I used sweet cherries and added 1/2 tsp of citric acid to mimic “sour”. The recipe is good. I’m unclear how close this falls to the recipe…

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Recipes

Compost C – The Forme of Cury (1390 London England)

This was redacted for the Virtual cooking challenge #5 – Compost C which was posted on the SCA Virtual Classroom and Artisan Display. Two weeks ago at our WTFork meeting (every Tuesday night at 8:30 pm Pacific) I mentioned that I need to use up some cabbage and wanted something a bit more exciting than steamed cabbage with butter and salt. Viola! An…

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