We had a pretty standard week. Projects are on-going, and Loren’s making progress on incense again. Anja is embroidering and cooking. Others chimed in on Project Day. Potluck is on the 19th this month and any test recipes need to be done by then since we’ll be starting the shopping list right after the holidays. Meetings are on time this week.

Project Day is now open for in-person meet-ups as well as in the Virtual Realm! Potluck this month will be Virtual and Real-World! Herbs Workshop and Sewing are ongoing. Masks required. When will the rest of these open up in person? We’ll keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual. 

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 7am-9pm, doing incense
  • Herb Workshop, In the Garden – Irregularly scheduled. Please ask to join the facebook chat!
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 5pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Potluck – 12/19, 1/16
  • Winter Feast LVI, Norse Theme. Page here – https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/ More pages coming!

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  https://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/  and new one here:  https://housecapuchin2.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and number three is here: https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/portfolio/


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2021 AT 10 AM – 8 PMSummits Winter Investiture – Event by Principality of the SummitsShire of Coeur du Val and Jacob Sanchez, Philomath Scout Lodge, antir.org/events/summits-11th-night-investiture – Good people of An Tir, join our Alpine Highnesses Kenric and Dagmar as they bestow the Summit Coronets unto their heirs, Viscount Luciano Foscari and Signora Tessina Felice Gianfigliazzi. To the rapier fighters of the Summits, bring your courage and steel for the tournament that decides who will stand with Their Alpine Highnesses as their Captain of Cats.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2022 AT 3 PM – Tymberhavene Yule – Social Gathering – 1225 Ferry Rd, North Bend, OR 97459-3619, United States – Come join Tymberhavene and celebrate our winter festivities!!!
Feast and Socialization! You will need your vaccine card or Negative Test in the last 72 hours and government issued ID, as well as providing contact information. Masks are required.
Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary. See less

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2022, 9AM–7PM – Adiantum Mid-Winter’s Feast – The Long Tom Grange – Event by Barony of Adiantum and Nái Martyn
Public · Anyone on or off Facebook
Event Main Contact (Event Steward): Naible Martyn
Event site: Long Tom Grange, 25823 Ferguson Junction City, OR 97448
This is a Level 2: Branch Event where no Kingdom or Principality business is expected to be conducted event.
Join their Excellencies of Adiantum for a Midwinter Feast & Revel. It has been a long dark winter, but we are in this together. Let there be light, laughter, music and revelry.
All attendees will either show proof of full vaccination or show proof of testing within 72 hours of the activities pursuant to the Society’s Policy dated September 25, 2021.
“Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

JAN 7, 2022 AT 2 PM – JAN 9, 2022 AT 12 PMAn Tir 12th Night 2022 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport – Tickets book.passkey.com/go/SCA22 – We welcome An Tir and the Known World to the celebration of our Crown and Kingdom. This grand celebration will be hosted by the Baronies of Wyewood and Madrone, on January 7th-9th, 2022 at the Double Tree by Hilton at Seattle Airport.
We are pleased to announce that room reservations are now open for An Tir 12th Night 2022. This grand celebration will be hosted by the baronies of Wyewood and Madrone, on January 7th-9th, at the Double Tree by Hilton at Seattle Airport. Our room rates are available for the 6th and 10th as well should you opt for a longer stay. The parking cost is contracted to be 50% off their daily rate, which at one time was $32 but may change before our event, thus an additional cost of $16/day per vehicle parked. Please understand this is an airport hotel, that dictates the parking market. You may reserve online with this link: https://book.passkey.com/go/SCA22You may also reserve by phone. Please call toll free (800) 222-8733. Reference the group code: SCR, or the group name: SCA 12th Night

March 11-13th, 2022 The West Coast Culinary Symposium is coming to Caid. It is a full weekend up at a Camp Wrightwood of culinary classes, hands on workshops, lectures and all things food (and drink). People from all parts of the Knowne World, from beginners to advanced cooks, travel to enjoy being around like-minded foodies and to geek out about historical cooking. All are welcome and encouraged to come and enjoy the event! Registration for this event is currently happening with early registration discounts up until January 3rd, 2022. All those that are wanting to either reserve a bed for the weekend or day trip, need to please register in advance. Registration link to Google Form: https://forms.gle/n2mDJbFihKLBoMAG6If you are wanting more details and updates on this event, please check out the FB event and add yourself to it as interested. FB Event link: https://fb.me/e/S6hsNi2N Hope to see you all there!

Classes – 

The Amazing Story of the Anne of Cleves Heraldic Panels – The Tudor Travel Guide – This mini-documentary tells the incredible story of ‘The Anne of Cleves Heraldic Panels’ uncovered in 2016 through a combination of curiosity, dogged-determination and breath-taking synchronicity!
Today, these panels, located in Old Warden Church, Bedfordshire, are a nationally important, historic collection illustrative of a royal interior of the mid-sixteenth century.

Medieval table etiquette // The Contessa’s Quickies #short – The Creative Contessa – Here is a brief lesson on medieval table manners from the Babees Boke. Do you need a lesson? 😀

The Mysterious Village That Beat The Black Death | Riddle Of The Plague Survivors | Chronicle – Chronicle – Medieval History Documentaries – The Black Death’s reign of terror lasted for more than 400 years. By culling up to 50% of the population of Europe, the Great Plague guaranteed its place in the history books. Yet while accounts of the Black Death have focused graphically on those who died, the stories of those who survived have gone untold. Until now.
The Riddle of the Plague Survivors focuses on those who walked away unaffected. Could this village be the first example of quarantining to avoid disease? How could anyone survive in the face of what is described as one of the most pathogenic bacterial agents known to humankind? This 60-minute documentary traces the work of American geneticist Steven O’Brien as he follows his hunch that genes are at the heart of this mystery.

Early Week – Cookery on Tuesday, harvest that got eaten, embroidery, incense.

Cookery – Anja did a lot of baking Tuesday into Wednesday and make a turkey soup from leftovers and garden veg. Some of that got frozen and some was eaten this week. There also was a batch of pear pasties, but none of the pix turned out.

Tudor & 17th century Experience – The first named apple in England is the PEARMAIN, also known as Old English Pearmain, and recorded in a deed of 1204, relating to the Lordship of Runham in Norfolk.
The manor was required to pay the Exchequer each year, on the feast of St. Michael, 200 Pearmains and four hogheads of cider made from Pearmains.
It probably had its origin in England, as both German and French synonyms referred to it as the ‘English’ Pearmain.
Philologist Ernest Weekley suggests the term ‘pearmain’ was originally applied to pears, but that it came from Middle English parmain, permain and derived from Old French parmaindre – to endure – and refered to the long keeping qualities of some vareties.
This apple was illustrated by John Parkinson in 1629 and it is thought it may be the Pearmain still included in the National Fruit Trials at Faversham but there is no evidence.
The Old English Pearmain was also known as the ‘Winter’ Pearmain but it is now understood, that the ‘modern’ Winter Pearmain is not the same as the ‘Old English’ variety. The Summer Pearmain was listed by John Gerard in 1597.
The Pearmain was prized for eating and for making good quality cider.
The original Pearmain variety has not been conclusively identified and may now be extinct.

Medieval Chestnuts and Mushrooms https://historicalitaliancooking.home.blog/english/recipes/medieval-chestnuts-and-mushrooms/

Baked marcipan from Balthasar Staindl – https://www.culina-vetus.de/2021/12/03/baked-marcipan-from-balthasar-staindl/ This is the recipe that Anja uses for marzipan, although she hasn’t been baking it. We’re looking to try getting some of the “oblaten” to bake on.

Medieval Xmas Bites, Part 2: Salmon Parcels & Fig Tartlets – Monk’s Modern Medieval Cuisine – More moreish Medieval Christmas Bites! – In Part 2, I show you how to make my Little Parcels of Noble Salmon from a collection of English recipes dating to about 1325, and my Royal Fig Tartlets, based on a fifteenth-century English recipe.
These are perfect Christmas canapes, best nibbled with a Christmas tipple in hand.

Blaunche Poudour (White Powder), c.1395 – Monk’s Modern Medieval Cuisine – This is a wonderful spice mix that really enlivens sweet dishes — medieval and modern. Try it in apple pie! Here, Dr Monk follows an authentic, medieval recipe and shows you how to make Blaunche Poudour using whole dried ginger and cane sugar.

Harley MS 2378 folio 162r (starts on page 155, you have to scoot right until 162r – http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=harley_ms_2378_f155r

Powder douce and hippocras

Very fancy noodles!

The Incredible Spiced Wine of Ancient Rome – Tasting History with Max Miller

2.14 – Conejo, perdiz o pato, venga al plato – Fogones en la Historia – Receta de Gigote de Conejo, receta que aparece desde el tratado de Sent Soví (siglo XIII) hasta los tratados del siglo XVIII. 2.14 – Rabbit, partridge or duck, come to the plate – Stoves in History – Rabbit Gigote Recipe, a recipe that appears from the treatise of Sent Soví (13th century) to the treaties of the 18th century.

Sewing – After doing the incense sticks on Sunday, Anja’s hands were pretty messed up, mostly bruised, but some mild blistering. That stopped her doing embroidery until Tuesday evening and then it was only a little. On Wednesday she actually finished a bookmark in between chores and started two more. By Saturday those were well along. She was the only one for Sewing Workshop, other than a mundane, so she got a little more done.

Marion McNealy – The Curious Frau – 16th century Embroidered Song Books – Photos by Marion McNealy – A series of embroidered linen song books for six parts: Discantus, Contratenor I and II, Tenor, Vagans and Bassus, for the song “Martia terque quater Germania plaude / Triumphans Caesar ab Italia / Carolus ecce venit – Aurea qui terris” honoring Charles V, who stepped down as Emperor in 1566, so they date to before that. These were held in the knitted silk bag posted yesterday. The fabric is listed in the 1596 castle inventory as leinbat, a fine linen fabric. They are embroidered with couched gold cord, and black silk in cross stitch and other stitches. There appears to be a special open weave fabric used for the cross stitch section of the covers, which can be most easily seen on the cover with the Imperial Crest, which doesn’t have an embroidered border. – They are H. 22 cm, W. 17 cm, or 8.6 x 6.7 inches in size – Schloss Ambras, Kunstkammer, Inv.Nr. KK 5370 – Link to museum record, https://www.khm.at/objektdb/detail/91377/

Sundials, etc. – The experiment with adding potassium nitrate to an incense dough, worked. Loren is making small cones from the balls of dough in this picture. The dough is from toh-makko powder, sandalwood and copal. You can see by the colors in the cones that some of them are already drying from the top down.

Herb Bunch – A selective harvest of greens and vegetables was done late on Wednesday afternoon. Those were washed and “souped” along with the turkey (above). The tiny carrots were saved out to be cooked later.

Loren was working on both extruders during the week. He hasn’t figured out a way to fix the original and the other one is awfully tight (that’s why the bruised hands!)

Lady’s Mantle

Herbs Workshop started with working on what else we need to get for the incense sticks, tried a couple of things, one from Loren’s experiment, that worked and one of the Clearing Incense sticks, then went on to starting the potpourri/sachets unit, mostly by way of strewing herbs, floors and history.


Project Day – Started with Anja and Loren running around trying to get the shop in order. She went on to embroidery, then doing photographs. He went on with incense sticks and cones.

Arlys said, “Hi! Good to see you! I’ve been up to all sorts of stuff, but nothing is finished enough to show. It’s like basic sewing–all you have to show for it is a seam until it’s done! But I have been selling my WHEN MARGINS SPEAK decks both at shows and here on fb on Medieval Open Marketplace. The Enlightenment deck has been doing very well–took my stock to Geek The Halls and sold half of it! Thus endeth the Crass Commercial Announcement!”

Isabeau & Coleman – “Today was dedicated to getting our new to us mechanic shop a bit more tidy. What a mess to begin with. Lol”

Helen Louise says, “Making early pants out of some beautiful soft wool and finished a kids shirt for the Golden Key. Making some surprises garb wise for the holidays.

Feast Planning – Some more recipes got added or updated this week. Anja also had a thought about the “Wild Greens” recipe, to ask folks to harvest their yards. Jamie Marie chimed in that she has a lot of plantain.

Miscellaneous pix

London Mudlark: Lara Maiklem Mudlarking – COMBS – Contrary to popular belief, people in the past did their best to stay as clean as possible, but parasites were unavoidable and lice, fleas and worms were common. In an attempt to control the lice most people owned a comb, which were imported in vast numbers from the continent.
The combs were ‘H’ shaped with fine teeth on one side for removing lice and wider teeth on the other for untangling and styling hair. Large numbers of combs were found within the wreck of the Tudor war ship the Mary Rose, some even had lice still caught between the teeth. Many of the combs I have found on the Thames foreshore are identical to those found on the Mary Rose, but it is unlikely that the style changed much over the centuries: I’ve seen a similarly styled piece of Viking comb, picked up by a mudlark, and even modern plastic nit combs look very similar. Some of these are made of ivory and the larger ones of boxwood, a slow-growing, tight-grained wood that is exceptionally hard and ideal for carving the fine teeth of combs.

Music – 𝔣𝔯𝔬𝔣𝔯𝔬 – Medieval Christmas music from the Xth – XVth centuries – 𝔐𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔞 𝔐𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔩𝔢 – Ensemble: Ioculatores – Album: frofro – Christmas-music in the 10th – 15th centuries – Video: Omelie Latine, Département de Manuscrits Italien (XIVth cent.)
The ensemble Ioculatores joins forces with the pure voices of girls choir Schola Cantorum Leipzig to introduce the listener to the rich world of medieval Christmas music. Ranging from instrumental pieces featuring organ, harp, lute, fiddle and shawm to strictly vocal songs, this recording produced at the Romanesque basilica in Wechselburg gives an impression of the ideas people have always had of heavenly jubilation. (from the booklet)

1 Veni, redemptor gentium, Text: Ambrosius von Mailand, † 397, Melodie: 12. Jh. (Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibl. 121), Gesang
2 In hoc anni circulo (instrumental), siehe Nr. 5, Fidel, Harfe, Lauten,
3 Nun singen wir: frofro süddeutsch, um 1460 (Hohenfurter Liederbuch), Gesang
4 In dulci iubilo (instrumental), Schlesien?, um 1400 (Leipzig, Univ. Bibl. Ms. 1305), Schalmeien
5 In hoc anni circulo, Frankreich, 12. Jh. (Paris, Bibl. Nat. fonds lat. 1139), Gesang, Portativ
6 Concordia (instrumental), Frankreich, 9. Jh. (Paris, Bibl. Nat. fonds lat. 17436/, St. Gallen, Stiftsbibl., Cod. Sang. 484 pag. 259), Portativ, Fidel, Harfe, Laute
7 Ave, mueter küniginne – Oswald von Wolkenstein, 1377–1445, (Innsbruck, Univ. Bibl. ohne Signatur), Gesang, Lauten
8 Vrœt ùch alle, süddt., 14. Jh. (Engelberg, Stiftsbibl. Kodex 314, um 1372), Gesang
9 Gabriel fram evene king, England, 13. Jh. (London, Brit. Libr. Arundel 248), Gesang, Fidel, Harfe, Flöte, Glockenspiel, Maultrommel, Rahmentrommel
10 Joseph, liber neve myn, Schlesien?, um 1400 (Leipzig, Univ. Bibl. Ms. 1305), Gesang, Fideln, Schalmei, Trumscheit, Schellentambourin
11 Sis willekommen, herre Kerst, Aachen, 14. Jh. (Erfurt, Wiss. Bibl. 4°), Gesang
12 Lætabundus exsultet fidelis chorus, Frankreich, 13. Jh., (Bari, Prosar der Sainte-Chapelle Paris, um 1250), Gesang, Fidel, Harfe, Laute, Flöte, Glockenrad
13 Ave mater, o Maria 10:09, Italien, 15. Jh., (Innsbruck, Univ. Bibl. ohne Signatur = Wolkenstein Ms. B), Gesang
14 O Maria, stella maris (instrumental), Adam de Saint-Victor, † 1177, Portativ, Schalmei
15 Hanc concordi famulatu colamus sollemnitatem, Notker Balbulus, † 912, (St. Gallen, Stiftsbibl., Cod. Sang. 376, nach 1050), Gesang
16 Eyn hillich dach und eyn hilch nacht unde eyn, salich nyge iar, niederdeutsch, 15. Jh. (Rostocker Liederbuch, um 1470, Rostock. Univ. Bibl. Mss. phil. 100/2), Gesang, Fidel, Harfe
17 Pois que dos Reys, Spanien, 13. Jh., (El Escorial, Real Monasterio de El Escorial, B. 1.2.)Gesang, Fidel, Harfe, Laute, Ûd, Zink, Schalmei
18 Redeuntes in idem re süddeutsch, 15. Jh. (Buxheimer Orgelbuch, um 1470), Orgel
19 Ave, maris stella, Frankreich, 12. Jh. (Colmar, Ms. 442), Gesang

Susanne Ansorg – Fiedel, Schalmei
Sabine Heller – Harfe
Alexander Dinter – Laute
Veit Heller – Orgel, Portativ, Glockenspiel, Zink, Schalmei, Trumscheit, Glockenrad
Kay Krause – Laute, Schoßfiedel 5saitig, Rahmentrommel
Sebastian Pank – Schalmei, Blockflöte
Robert Weinkauf – Gesang
Michael Metzler – Schellentambourin

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Imperfect practice: a case for making early modern recipes badly https://recipes.hypotheses.org/18185

COSMIC RAY DISCOVERY BOTH CONFIRMS AND COMPLICATES VIKING LEGEND – https://www.inverse.com/science/study-confirms-viking-legends

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Video Links

The Road to Sainthood – Medievalists – In the Middle Ages, making it to Sainthood was a tedious process. Though, being murdered in the Canterbury Cathedral was a good starting point. Lucie Laumonier interviews Tristan Taylor on his research into the so-called South English Legendaries, a collection of saints’ lives drafted from the thirteenth century.

The Origins of Excalibur! King Arthur’s Legendary Sword – The Welsh Viking – King Arthur’s sword Excalibur is world famous, but where did it come from, and how did it get its name? What does the word “Excalibur” even mean? You might be surprised to know it’s gone by many names…
Join me in looking at some of the oldest sources that mention the mythical sword used by Gawain, Arthur, and Culhwch in the Mabinogion and the tales of the Knights of the Round Table!

New and Updated Pages


Oh, dear…. beating up on each other as well as the punctuation? 🙂 Where Is The Comma In “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” Supposed To Go? – RamsesThePigeon – This a cappella arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” examines how commas can change meanings… often with unintended results.

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Largesse, Gifts and Auction items
·       ASXLVIII = 88
·         ASXLIX = 794
·         ASL = 2138
·         ASLI = 731
·         ASLII = 304
·         ASLIII = 146
·         ASLIV & ASLV = 230
·         ASLVI = 177 plus 4 puppets, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 1 kiss-lock pouch, 10 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 3 snip case w/snips, lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 2 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, 48 key bottle openers
Total as a Household = 4238 handed off

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