House Capuchin Shield2Having a lot of fun this week with various projects! The cheese was a success. The mustard was a success (even if it’s the darkest mustard we’ve ever seen!) Other foods got made. We had guests from the Valley at the potluck.

This week is a little different. Thursday Sewing will be as usual. There’s no Saturday Herbs Workshop or Sewing this week, since Anja will be at All Fool’s! Project Day will go on as usual, although Anja has no clue when she’ll get back.

  • Sewing Night – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 6-8pm
  • 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 & Wine – Watch the schedule or the Facebook group! This is going to be irregularly scheduled for when tasks need to occur.
  • Next Potluck – 5/21

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:

...and then just as we were setting up for the potluck came the word that Conchobhar Mac Muirchertaig, our Kingdom Bard, who had surgery in the weeks since Kingdom A&S, had died very suddenly, just as it seemed that he was finally getting better. One of our Facebook friends said, “Forever now, Kingdom Bard”.

Early Week – We kept working on the prizes for Egil’s and talking over some projects that are temporarily on hold. Loren worked on getting the back room of the shop ready for the Potluck and Anja was working on recipes and embroidery. Anja was also setting up Cheese and Wine night for a group of people who aren’t part of the household, but were interested in the cheese-making.

Tuesday, Adiantum A&S Night – Stella and Anja had a fun drive over and back and it was great to see lots of friends. We stopped at Laurel Bay Gardens in Florence for some supplies and Anja found the tricolor carrots that she’s been wanting again.

Yseult says, “Well, I think there were 17 of us this week for A&S Night. Lots of projects, singing, studying for the Sgt. trials, swapping of fabric and trim, sewing cloth and leather, darts, talking and laughing. We’ll do it again “on the 18th of April (but not in seventy-five – Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year”).”

Cheese and Wine Workshop – Thursday

We started a little later than Anja had hoped, waiting for someone, but gradually setting up. Once the last person arrived we moved out to the front to snack a bit (the ladies brought cheese, bread, crackers and garlic jam!) and do the first part of things which needed to be what we were doing with the cheese.

Eventually we moved into the back, got the spices ready, poured in the milk and started and it took over 1 1/2 hours to get the stuff up to temperature! Or close enough that stuff would curdle, at least. The whey was still a bit milky, but not quite so much as last time. We think that it was the hotplate cutting in and out that made it take so long, but eventually it was frothing and we put in the vinegar.

It curdled beautifully and with much more cheese than last time, leaving only about an 1/2 gallon of whey. It “broke” from the cheesecloth very cleanly, unlike the last batch when we had to do a lot of scraping. After letting it cool a bit, we packed the molds and weighted them and left it to stand overnight. One lady took home the frozen whey from the last batch and we got the next into the freezer. Anja unmolded and fridged the cheese Friday morning.

Sewing Time – Thursday – This got weird because of the cheese-making that ran way, way late, so it’s just projects done at A&S or earlier or later in the week, plus Saturday’s sewing workshop.

The pic below is a design that Anja’s been working on for quite some time. She worked out the pattern from the Jane Bostocke sampler, but it’s frustrating enough that the piece has taken flying lessons several times. After she warped her old, battered frame doing that, she put it away for a year and only just hauled it out and started work on it again.

Herb Bunch – Saturday

We had decided to make batch of hot wine mustard, because we needed it for the Mylates, but also because it’s tasty, 🙂 and we’ve been out for awhile. The mustard took forever to grind. It’s amazing, but a teaspoon takes a minute or so. An 1/2 cup took an hour with Loren and Anja taking turns with the pestle! We used a small hole sieve to get the already powdered stuff divided from the whole seeds 4 times and finally ended up with just that last tablespoon. Anja got all the ingredients measured into a cookpot while Loren went to get the balsamic vinegar that we had forgotten.

Hot Wine Mustard

  • 1/2 C dry mustard
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1/4 C balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup red wine (yes, red wine, although you’ll see port in the pix, which is what we had. Wine turns in purple!)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t horseradish (or more, Anja tends to used more like a tablespoon)

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens (this only takes a few minutes). Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a few months. Great as a sauce on bread.

Project Day – Sunday

Anja and Loren started by setting up the pork pies and starting the bread. While the bread was rising they ran around picking up and cleaning up to get ready for the day. Eventually Loren took off with the pies and the bread to go bake it and Anja sat down with some sorting-of-supplies tasks.

Louisa and Alys got there first and we sat and stitched and chatted. Eventually Stella showed up and finally Loren came in with the bread and pork pies (mylates). Anja got up and helped Loren get the back sorted the rest of the way out and the rest of the foods heated, then we all sat down to eat, and *did* we eat! Oh, yum!

Afterwards Anja talked about the candy research and worked on barking a stick. Loren was hunting some of his sundials. Stella was crocheting and the other two picked their projects back up and we talked some more until it was time to head home.

Potluck Menu – Sunday

  • Mylates of Pork – Loren and Anja
  • Sweet Ginger Carrots – Anja
  • Hot mustard sauce – Anja – Recipe above
  • Bread – Loren
  • Rolls – Alys
  • Cheese (Brie and Cheddar) – Alys
  • Rice pudding with strawberry topping – Louisa – recipe here:
  • Shortbread cookies – Estrella
  • Cheese – Cheese Ladies – (A couple of Sunday pix in the Cheese section above….)
  • Butter – Loren

Anja’s Mylates of Pork Recipe (pork pie)

  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup mozzarella, grated
  • 1 big glop (about 2 TBSP) of hot wine mustard
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts (forgot!)
  • 1 tsp Ginger (All spices approximate, I just shook)
  • 1/8 tsp clove
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch saffron
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • pastry for a double-crust pie (leftovers, re-rolled)
  1. Thaw two frozen deep dish pie shells and set out two top crusts to warm to room temp
  2. In a large bowl mix eggs, spices, nuts and mustard.
  3. Add ground pork and fluff with a fork. Mix with grated cheese and onion.
  4. Pack into crust.
  5. Put on top crust, crimp and cut.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 1 ½ hours or until internal temp reads at least 160F.

From Forme of Cury – “MYLATES OF PORK. XX.VII. XV. Hewe Pork al to pecys and medle it with ayrenn & chese igrated. Do þerto powdour fort safroun & pyneres [1] with salt, make a crust in a trape, bake it wel þerinne, and serue it forth.”

Miscellaneous pix


A Meeting Place: Medieval & Renaissance Music Lute

  • Munir Beken,
  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Label: Sono Luminus
  • ASIN: B004TWOX7G


MYOB (Make your own Butter!) –

Some Roman stuff –


Loren, Anja, Stella, Cheese Ladies (4), Alys, Louisa

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731 plus 3 sewing box (in process), 1 fid, 1 awl, 4 needles, 29 pincushions, varnished stuff (124), 3 hats
  • Total as a Household = 3359 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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Last updated 4/25/17