House Capuchin Shield2m-letter-motifMerriment and Feasting this week! Other projects were going, but they all took 2nd place to getting set up for our big event of the year. Marcus did a wonderful job with the Roman recipes!

proud-duckThis coming week meetings will be at the usual time. We talked over some projects during the feast that are going to get started, too.

  • Sewing Time – At red-wine-from-the-theatrum-sanitatis-library-casanatense-romeAncient Light, Thursdays, 6-8pm
  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Next Potluck – 3/12
  • Cheese and Wine Night starting in March!

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


pouring-wine-into-jugsEarly Week

Anja set up the House Capuchin 3 blog and then got to work on transferring files and setting up new ones. There was a lot of back and forth about the House Feast, what was going to be needed and timing, etc.


motif-sewing-pin-tomato1Sewing Time – …was just Anja & Loren and then Sabrina in the virtual world. Sabrina’s shop has moved to Newport, so it’s going to be harder to do Sewing, but we’re thinking to try at her place once she’s settled in, since she’ll have more space…. might be a “Hand-sewing” workshop. Anja and Loren made pincushion filling during the workshop time.


herb-marjoram-bundleHerb Bunch – ….strained and re-bottled the coconut butter ointments, then started the oils for some beeswax and olive oil ointments. We also cleaned and set up chickweed for drying.


Saturday Feast Prep

motif animaldispatching-a-boarMarcus was hard at work in the kitchen when the crew showed up to get the feast hall ready. Sadb had gotten to Loren and Anja’s during the afternoon and she and Jay helped with loading up the stuff into the car.

We headed over to Marcus’. We were greeted by a couple of deer standing outside the windows, one scratching its back. We set up quickly and headed back, minus Sadb, who was staying there. Jay got dropped off and Anja and Loren went back to the shop to finish up gameboards, set up the rice and such.


Feast Day – Set up

Anja and Loren started by packing up the rest of the foods and utensils for the feast. The gameboards hadn’t gotten laminated on Saturday, so that was next and some cord to put the hangings up properly, etc. …and then garb and feast gear.

Tabula Gusta

Tabula Gusta, l-r, dormice (peppered and un), Oysters with a cumin sauce, rolls and cheese, Epytrium and feta cheese, bread, olives, salt and pepper, pine nuts, dates, almonds.

It kept getting later and later as Loren and Jay and Anja were getting ready, but finally they were on the road. When we got to Marcus’ he was cooking, getting some sauces ready, so we went in and finished setting up the feast hall. He already had a lot of the Tabula Gusta out and ready to eat. The dormice were delicious!

Loren had to run right back out to get chicken for the silphium chicken. We got our wires crossed on amounts. Anja talked with folks and finished setup and waited for him.


Feast Day – Day

We all had fun sitting around and talking and doing some handwork during the day and then ended up singing and listening to Estella doing some of her songs and doing the Cap Rap right before the meal.



Just Hangin’


trumpeterFeast Day – Menu


Tabula Gusta (during the day)

  • Epityrum of green, black and varicolored olives
  • Oysters with Cumin sauce
  • Dormice of Lucanian sausage
  • Hummingbird tongues,  (they’re chicken, stop panicking!)
  • Libum
  • Almonds
  • Bread (fantastic with the epytrium)
  • Feta Cheese
  • Black and green olives
  • Pine nuts
  • Dates
  • Rolls and Cheese

Tabula Prima (5pm)letter-o-a-drinking-scene-with-a-wine-barrel

  • Young Cabbage, Sprouts
  • Silphium Chicken (w/rice)
  • Salad of mixed greens

Tabula Mensa (begins somewhere between 5:45 and 6pm)

  • PATINA DE PIRIS (Pear Soufflé)
  • Patina de Persicis – Peaches in Oil with Cumin Sauce

Cookbook links


Feast Day – Foods

Wow, did we eat! Marcus’ recipes were really tasty. The pork is his specialty, the Dormice were delicious and his Lady Rowan chose some salads and breads that turned out to be really good with the epityrum (olive tapinade). Anja did the Hummingbird tongues and Silphium Chicken which turned out well, too. The fruit dishes for the last course were wonderful.

Tabula Gusta

Tabula Prima

Tabula Mensa – Got not a single picture. 😦 There was an interesting one where a sauce boiled over and caramelized. Made it pretty good according to the folks who had some. 🙂

Amy told a story during the meal and Anja played her psaltery for a bit.


Feast Day – Evening and Tear-down

People started heading out just before 8pm and we cleared all but the tables and chairs that Loren made arrangements to pick up on Tuesday. Candles and games and such were boxed up. We used several boxes of ziplocs bagging up leftovers and got them fridged or into the ice chest or window-upset-lady-motifout-going feast baskets. We even separated the dirty dishes from clean and dirty laundry from stuff that didn’t need washing! This was a *feast*! 🙂

We had a lot of people who didn’t show…. That was disappointing. Oh, there were the usual ones, folks who let us know they had to work, parents needing care, too far to drive alone, that kind of thing, but we had almost 1/2 of the folks who said they were going to make it, even at the last minute, not show. That’s disappointing. Well, more food for us, I guess. 🙂


Music – The Cap Rap – We only caught the 2nd half! – Video is posted on the House Capuchin Facebook group, or ask in the comments below and we can email it or post it to Facebook Messenger.

music-14The Cap Rap – Lady Estrella Azul

Our House Capuchin is the very best
Head-and-shoulders [huh!]
Over all the rest
Our feast days [Yayy!!]
Are succulent and fine.
We have the finest food and drink [Yayy!!}
All of the time.
From the savory meat pastie to the sweet summer mead[Yayy!!]
House Capuchin will serve
All that you might need.

Bring a bowl – Bring a spoon
Bring a goblet – Make it big!
Have a rollicking good time, here,

[4th Stomp]
Cap Rap
Tell it like it is.
Cap Rap
[stomp 4 times, repeat]

Our House Capuchin is the very best
From the feast to the stories
To the awesome largesse
We’re small but we’re mighty
Over here on the coast
Hope we entertained you
With our truly-true boast!

[4th Stomp]
Cap Rap
Tell it like it is.
Cap Rap
[stomp 4 times, repeat, the exit, stomping]



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A patron asked the librarian why Tales of Robin Hood had been withdrawn from the collection. The librarian replied, “Too much Saxon violence.”


Anja, Marcus, Jay, Loren, Amy, Rowan (Delarosa), Sadb, Estrella, Jalida, Isabeau

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 715 plus 3 sewing box (in process), 17 pincushions, varnished stuff (124), 3 hats
  • Total as a Household = 3344 handed off

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