House Capuchin Shield2Pandemic/Plague bleh!

It’s interesting how little the House is producing at the moment. I’m surprised. Most of us are home. Granted my time is getting taken up by getting our shop ready for re-opening, maybe later this month, and by classes, but what’s with everyone else?

Look at the growth! In a week!

I posted a poll to the House about what to do for this coming year’s Winter Feast, and there’s been zero response. …zero… Well, we need to get started on test dishes by the beginning of June to have any chance of finishing the research in time. So, it’s looking iffy.

All meetings are on hold for the moment, although Project Day and the Monthly Potluck are being held in the Virtual Realm.

  • 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
    Blackworked cuffband (last of the set)

    announced with little notice on our Facebook group.

  • Next Virtual Potluck – 5/17
  • Next Winter Feast tentative Date is 2/15/21, Theme ??

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:

Dance Vids – 

Outlands! Banana Boat Song, plus a couple of others including We Will Rock You!


East Kingdom Glow

Blatha an Oir has cabin fever!

No clue who put this one together, but funny!

Classes – A lot of these are classes from a week or more ago whose videos are finally getting posted!

Identifying and addressing Cultural Appropriation

Inclusivity for Event Stewards

16th Century Apple Tarts

Viking Treasure Necklaces

Anti-Brewing Vinegar

Hildegard von Bingen

A Look at the Knightly Virtures

Lorica Armoury Steel Symposium – Making and Using Armor

Lorica Armoury Steel Symposium – A Knightly Art

Lorica Armoury Steel Symposium – Cloth of Steel

Lorica Armoury Steel Symposium – Steel for the Small

Lorica Armoury Steel Symposium – Mail in Art

Medieval Mayhem this week – Medieval Style Tool Box

Early Week – Not a lot going on. Anja and Loren are busy getting their shop ready for re-opening, so lots of re-arranging, cleaning, re-stocking. …and lots and lots of classes!

Cookery – Bread got made during the week and then eggs on Sunday. Otherwise we were mainly eating up leftovers and contemplating what to make for the virtual potluck.

Is it possible to accurately recreate a loaf of medieval bread?

Cooking Challenge #4 – Polenta custard

Link to a Tudor Strawberry Tart –

Tarte owt of Lente –

How to make washed comb mead

Sewing, Anja – Still working on the cuff, but have a couple of projects in process of being set up. One is an embellisher’s guild challenge that I’m going to do with bead weaving. The other is a pair of pillowcases. I’m also gradually sorting out materials that have gotten oddly stashed.

Herb Bunch – More of the seedlings got planted, but during the week it was mostly watering/tending. I got some “babies” off of an unusual bulb plant inherited from Jeanne.

Saturday was all about getting the outdoor plants watered and starting seedlings/babies in pots.

Project Day – We started the day with working on plants. Mostly it was tending/harvesting but I got some small plants into pots. (Pix above) I was embroidering on the cuff band off and on during the day, as well. (Pic in Sewing)

I did a class in conflict resolution, but there wasn’t anything really new.

There was a lovely class on cooking eggs by Eduardo. He did poached eggs in water, in milk and in wine. There was a fritatta-type dish, eggs on a grid-iron. Cindered eggs, spitted eggs…. it got exciting with eggs sliding off the iron and cindered eggs, and spitted eggs exploding. That was an interesting squawk. 🙂 Out of the cook, not the egg. 🙂 He was working from a renaissance cookbook and cooking over coals.

So, I got inspired and tried the eggs poached in milk. The recipe and results are below. It turned out to be a rather bland dish, but I *love* the texture of the eggs!

…and that’s about all that happened. No one showed up for the virtual project day, which was open from 1:30 to 5pm.

EGG-stravaganza with Eduardo


Eggs poached in milk from Martino manuscript via Eduardo (and warped, like ya do….)

  • You can see the layers better in this one.

    2 inches of milk in a pot on medium heat

  • Some dill (‘coz I’m Czech and out of saffron)
  • 6 eggs
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs ( I inadvertently doubled this….)


  1. Heat milk, slowly, in a small saucepan, covered.
  2. Once it is simmering (up into the 160’sF) gently break 3 eggs into the milk, one at a time.
  3. Simmer for at least 10 minutes, or 15 for really hard-cooked.
  4. Remove eggs to small bowl and cook the others.
  5. Remove the 2nd set.
  6. Add enough breadcrumbs to thicken the liquid.
  7. Salt to taste.
  8. Put a slice of bread into the bottom of a bowl.
  9. Add some eggs and pour the sauce over.

It’s not a particularly flavorful dish, unless you like sops… which is what this turned into. The eggs are tasty and a yummy texture, much more moist than hard-boiled. The sauce would have been pretty good with 1/2 the crumbs.

Found by Arnold’s AtticThis unique booklet of embroidery and drawnwork, was created in Portugal in the early 17th century. Size 8 inches x 6 inches.

The techniques include cross stitch, reticello, drawnwork, satin stitch, knots and bullion stitch.

At some point fairly early in its history, the many small pieces of fabric included in this booklet were seamed together and loosely bound, to create a kind of glossary of colored and monochrome openwork patterns. Scraps of silk, glove leather and writing paper with Portuguese text were employed to stabilize the pages. The recycling of materials and the compact nature of the booklet all suggest that this was a purely practical reference work for a professional seamstress, and was not meant for display. Some of the patterns are worked in double running stitch, also referred to as “Spanish stitch,” reflecting its possible origin on the Iberian peninsula in the sixteenth century.

Made from linen, silk, leather and paper.

Image courtesy:


Nobody’s Jig

Complete Consort Music by William Byrd

Medieval Music vol. 4


Video Links

Let’s Cook History: The Medieval Feast

Let’s Cook History: The Renaissance Meal

The Royal Game of Ur

Updated Page 

Dance and other Videos for the Challenges –


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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 207 plus 4 puppets, 3 hippocras mix, 4 powder fort, 9 cheese spice and 10 powder douce packets, 10 tiny bobs, 8 pincushions, 5 pins, 5 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)

Total as a Household = 4038 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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