Not a lot of things going on during the week, but Sunday was very busy! We had more people participating in our Virtual Project Day than usual and things are scattered through the report. For some reason there weren’t a lot of classes up this week, but we do have a couple of old dance videos that are pretty good. Marrowbones, looms, some embroidery and a lot of cooking this week!


We’ve been continuing to work on the bones today and are hoping to try that Meister Hans dish during the week, plus do a little work on Anja’s new loom.

Wouldn’t you know it. Some kind of toxic mix of chrome, facebook and wordpress ate 1/2 the file on Monday, (from Sundials on) so it had to be re-created and that’s why it’s very, very late.

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Virtual Potluck – 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 4/,18
  • No Winter Feast in 2021. We’ll revisit for one in 2022 next spring.

All meetings are on hold for the moment, although Project Day and the Monthly Potluck are being held in the Virtual Realm. We’re also doing mini-potlucks, just Anja & Loren and one other “pod” at a time. Let us know if you’re interested!

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

Summits Court – There was a Summits Court on Saturday! It was good to see a lot of the familiar faces. Several Grails were given out and a lot of virtual hugs.

Educational Events

Other Good Stuff

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

Dance Vids – 



Classes – There were some good ones this week, but only one is up, yet.

What does a TROSSFRAU wear? Women’s Dress of the 16th Century German Renaissance; A Landsknecht GRWM – Thimble & Plume – Curious about what the 16th century German Renaissance women of the Landsknecht wore? Get ready with me as I share the layers and garments I wear in my historical creation inspired by the 16th century German Dress of the Trossfrau. Time Stamps 00:00​ Intro 01:23​ Shirt 01:45​ Under dress 02:40​ Under Skirt 02:48​ Hose and Shoes 02:03​ Dress 04:30​ Apron 04:48​ Belt and Skirt Blousing 06:06​ Wulsthaube and Veil 06:12​ Hat 07:29​ Bonus Tip 07:44​ Capelet’

Cookery – On Tuesday we finished the tvarog and started another soup from the other vegetables from Sunday and the pork roast broth. We also set up a chicken salad. Those got noshed on all week.

Naughty Cake – Chopping and, mixing started at around 2pm. After that was melting the butter and honey and mixing, and then spreading on a pan. We squashed with a 2nd cookie sheet. She was also checking with some of the cookery/sweets types about where the recipe might have come from since she hasn’t gotten an answer from the people who did the video. Pix are below the recipe.

Anja talked to a local meat-cutter and they saved her some marrow bones that Loren picked up on Saturday. Try 2 on that dish from Meister Hans…. Only got as far as cooking the bones. Pix in Sundials, etc.

Bacon and Leeks for supper! Pix with recipe. These are a plausibly period recipe, mostly from descriptions. The recipe given below is modern. These turned out to be really tasty and made a good light supper.

Ailantha has a set of pix of a brunch dish in Project Day.

Home-Smoked Bacon, Moravian-style (Double click to read recipe)

A Tudor Recipe: Parsnip CakesThe Tudor Travel Guide – The Tudor Travel Guide is delighted to be able to collaborate with Brigitte Webster from in our Great Tudor Bake Off series, featuring Tudor cookery demonstrations. In this video, Brigitte focuses on Tudor super food: parsnips. Find out how to prepare parsnip cakes and learn why this food was important in Tudor cooking.

Sewing – Embroidery and a new loom!

This is where I got to by the end of Court on Saturday.

This is a seam ripper case. 


Some more loom pix from Aila’ntha of Williams Keep

16th Century Elizabethan Caul History and PatternLynne Fairchild – Learn about how to recognize a caul in historical paintings, what fabrics that were used based on sumptuary laws such as linen, how to make a simple caul, and more! A caul is a woman’s close-fitting indoor head covering, like a linen hairnet, that covers tied up braided hair.

Sundials, etc. – We finally got beef marrowbones! This is how far we got Sunday night. There’s more to do!

Project Day – This is more than a little messed up because I kept track here, instead of in a word file and when this end of the newsletter blew… well….

We have a new member, Bonnie Williams, Aila’ntha of Williams Keep, who is working with Theresa of Adiantum, whose alter ego is Teri Jefferys, housemate and daughter.

Aila’ntha – Here we have Theresa of Adiantum experimenting with galangal, thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, cubeb, garlic, flaky salt, onion, green pepper, Italian sausage, bacon, potatoes, and Parmigiano, and cheddar as a brunch dish. Adding cherry tomatoes for a modern twist on a possibly medieval combination. Her response, when reminded that tomatoes were thought to be poisonous: “I’m a witch. I like to eat poison.” Lol [Anja’s note – this is plausibly period for the tail end of period.]

Arlys – I was embroidering the diapering for the back of a needlebook, then realized I made a mistake, so am starting over.

Isabeau – I’m just now getting started on another neckline embellishment. I got more embroidery colors in.

Ok, add a bit more green to all that and it’s my latest project. Jalita will enjoy

Hope – How should I scale this up to fit?


Anja – Bacon and leeks turned out to be delicious! It’s bacon, the white and pale green parts of the leeks, onion, caraway and a touch of horseradish on cut trencher rolls! We were hoping for caraway rye rolls, but we’ll do those tomorrow and have some with the leftovers. Pix with the recipe.


(period food, not period recipe) Bacon and Leeks: Bacon is one of those foods that’s so good people like to wrap other foods in it. However, if you’re a purist and appreciate your bacon simple, this is a great recipe to whip up at Imbolc. The fiery taste of onions and garlic is offset by the smokiness of the bacon. Enjoy this heaped onto some nice warm Braided Bread. – Ravens magic broom

Prep Time: 10 minutes

  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 pound of bacon (1/8 of a 3 lb pack)
  • 3 fresh leeks, chopped (whites and light greens, only)
  • 1 medium onion (1/2 a large)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed (none)
  • Salt
  • Pepper (I used caraway and horseradish)


Fry the bacon and drain off excess fat. Remove from pan, and then chop into small pieces. Return to pan, and add garlic, leeks and onions. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When onions are opaque, remove from heat and serve scooped onto warm, soft bread.

Nucato – This is an excerpt from An Anonymous Tuscan Cookery Book – (Italy, ~1400 – Ariane Helou, trans.) The original source can be found at Ariane Helou’s website – Honey boiled with walnuts, called nucato.

Take boiled and skimmed honey, with walnuts chopped slightly and spices, cooked together; dip your hands in water and spread it out; let it cool and serve it. And you can use almonds and hazelnuts in place of walnuts.

Elizabethan Naughty Cake – from – No bake!

  • ½ cup chopped mixed dried fruit
  • ¼ cup of glace cherries
  • 1/3 cup of chopped nuts
  • ½ cup of crumbled Nilla wafer (recipe specifies “biscuit”….)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 TBSP honey


  1. Crunch or chop fruit, cherries, nuts and cookies.
  2. Mix.
  3. Add spices and mix.
  4. Take a square of cling wrap and lay it over a 7 inch plate or pie pan.
  5. Heat butter and honey in microwave for 1 minute. Stir.
  6. Repeat.
  7. Mix butter/honey mix and fruit mix together very thoroughly.
  8. Dump out onto cling wrap.
  9. Fold edges up and over and squash the mix together hard.
  10. Let cool.
  11. Slice and serve.

Miscellaneous pix

Master of the Coronation of the Virgin. ′′ At Princely Audience,” Great Historic Bible, ca. 1395-1401. Paris: National Library of France, BnF MS fr. 159 (mad. 289 v). Source: BnF Gallica

MusicCantigas de Santa Maria – Musica Medievale – Ensemble: Micrologus with René Zosso

Album: Cantigas de Santa Maria
Video: Ms. Escorial Codex E​ •
Alfonso X was born in 1221, he was King of the Romans, of Castile and León. His father was Ferdinand III, a liberal man called “the Saint” and the “King of religions” as during his reign he managed to make Christians, Muslims and Jews coexist in peace. His mother was Elisabetta Hohenstaufen, nephew of Frederick Barbarossa. From the sources that speak of his life we know that in his youth Alfonso was surrounded by numerous paramours and politically helped his father in many military campaigns, but it was his love for Art that made him immortal with the nickname “El Sabio” (the wise).
 In 1254 Alfonso endowed with many privileges the school of Salamanca, founded by his grandfather, and thanks to Pope Alexander IV, he obtained permission to make the school an international university allowing its graduates to teach anywhere, except Paris and Bologna. Alfonso tried to bring together all the knowledge of his time in the language spoken by his subjects by founding the School of Translators of Toledo; the Muslim and Jewish sages of his court translated ancient Arabic and Hebrew works into Castilian. His scientific, historical and literary work was fundamental; promoted the drafting and publication of a series of authoritative texts in various fields of artistic and scientific culture such as the Alfonsine Tables: astronomical tables capable of providing the positions of the Sun, planets, stars and the dates of eclipses. He was also an excellent poet and even the author of one of the first treatises on chess.
However, it was Music that handed it over to legend thanks to the collection of the famous Cantigas de Santa Maria, monophonic songs of the XIII cent. now preserved in Madrid and Florence, containing an enormous number of compositions and representations of musical instruments and players. The outset of these compositions can be traced back to the troubadour art, which were so successful as to induce Alfonso X to use both the language and the form. Marian devotion was particularly in vogue in this century, the collection sees the participation of aristocrats and courtiers, bourgeois, friars, clerics and jesters of humble origins, but protected in the courts. King Alfonso himself composed cántigas, some of which incite poets and jesters to dedicate their efforts and inspiration to the “Santa Dama”. In addition to the Cantigas de Santa Maria, the Cantigas de Amigo, popular, melodious and melancholic, also spread in that period, showing some contact with the Mozarabic kharge in Arabic-Hebrew composed in the XI cent.. The work has great importance from a triple point of view: literary, musical and pictorial. Alfonso X inherited from his father Fernando III his musical chapel which brought together interpreters and composers of various cultures and who formed part of the alphonsine court, similar to his School of translators or scriptorium regio. He seems to be surrounded by them in some miniatures (50:59​min.). The melodies are influenced by Gregorian monody, popular lyric and troubadour songs. The Codices of the Escorial Library are adorned and profuse with miniatures, fundamental for the reconstruction of 13th century musical instruments: flutes, hurdy-gurdy, organistrum, psaltery, lute, vielle, ribeca, cítara, guiterne, harp, trumpet, castañuelas, bagpipes, dulzaine…
The proposed version sees the great René Zosso and the Micrologus Ensemble engaged in an interpretation close to the historical context in which the Cantigas were born, moving away from the perfect, but insipid, academic approach and giving space to instinct; fundamental in popular music, a direct relative of medieval music. Cantiga 260: introduces the work and immediately transports the listener to another time and place, images of pilgrims and courtiers appear in the mind while a distant bell rings in a sunny 13th-century village in Spain. Those who know popular music should pay particular attention to the melodies of cantigas 288 (30:11​), 23 (35:41​) and 425 (48:17​), whose vocal and instrumental melodies can be found reminiscent in traditional music of recent times. •
·        René Zosso vocal, hurdy-gurdy
·        Micrologus: Patrizia Bovi vocal, harp
·        Marco Carpiceci vocal, symphonia
·        Ulrich Pfeifer vocal, bells Adolfo Broegg lute, citole, drum
·        Goffredo Degli Esposti pipe and tabor, launeddas, bagpipe, flute
·        Francis Biggi lute, lute long-neck
·        Maurizio Picchiò darbbukka, tambourine, drum
·        Gabriele Russo fiddle, rebab, saz, trumpet
1.     Cantiga 260: Dized’, ai trobadores
2.     Cantiga 11: Macar ome per folia Offertorio: Recordare, Virgo Madre
3.     Cantiga 295: Que por al non devess’ om’ a Santa Maria servir
4.     Cantiga 90: Sola fusti, sennleiria
5.     Cantiga 140: A Santa Maria dadas sejan loores
6.     Cantiga 288: A Madre de Jhesu Cristo
7.     Cantiga 23: Como Deus fez vyo d’agua ant’ Archetecryo
8.     Cantiga 340: Virgen Madre groriosa
9.     Cantiga 425: Alegria, alegria


Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 230 plus 4 puppets, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 1 kiss-lock pouch, 9 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 3 snip case w/snips, lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 14 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124), 2 emery strawberries, 1 woolen spool-knit cord

Total as a Household = 4061 handed off

moving writing pen motif

In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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