House Capuchin Shield2It’s been a busy week and lots of distraction with all the protests and virus and worry. Anja and Loren have their shop open, so are pretty busy with that. Still no classes and workshops being held by the House in person. Everything is in the virtual realm.

We have some interesting videos below.

Mustard seed

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 (on hold)
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm (on hold)
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1-5pm (Virtual)
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group. (on hold)
  • KODAK Digital Still Camera

    Next Virtual Potluck – 6/21, We may be starting to do mini-potlucks along with the online.

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:

Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) – June 2 at 4:39 PM

As so many of us struggle with the pain of separation from one another socially, so too do we struggle with the realities of systemic inequality and racism in our society. In the United States and around the world, the recent senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many before them have unleashed an avalanche of pent-up emotion.

Our Core Values, which guide us in even these darkest of times, include the following tenets: to “act in accordance with the chivalric virtues of honor and service”, to “value and respect the worth and dignity of all individuals”, and to “practice inclusiveness and respect pluralism and diversity”.

If we are to live by our core values then there is only one path forward: we must both fight against systemic injustice and support those that do.

As the unique educational organization that we are, we have the opportunity to leverage our greatest resource: our community.

It is our community that makes us who we are. That is the true value of the Society for Creative Anachronism. We treasure the rich diversity of our community as a reflection of the rich diversity of history and we owe it to ourselves to deepen our understanding of pervasive inequitable treatment so that we can move forward on a journey of healing.

There is a tremendous amount of work to be done. It is time for us to take a hard look at who we are in order to hold ourselves accountable for the actions we take – and the actions we don’t take.

There is also fear. Our current reality is the direct result of generations of discrimination and collective trauma. As we educate ourselves to best support every member of our community, we must acknowledge the fear – and speak regardless. The time for inaction is over.

Every member of the SCA can effect positive change through personal accountability. Educate yourself and those around you on issues of injustice. Speak out against it when you see it, and use any platform that you have to elevate other voices speaking out against it, particularly those voices of marginalized groups. Assist those causes which seek to address discrimination, racial inequity, and all systemic injustice through the resources that you have available to you.

I invite all members of the SCA to continue to think about further ways they can help strengthen our commitment to our Core Values.

My SCA stands against bigotry. My SCA will not be silent, and therefore complicit, in the face of injustice. I will continue to work to make my SCA a haven for all, and a key player for progress in the battle against inequality through education and community.

It is my most ardent hope that you will join me.

Jessica Van Hattem

alias Baroness Zahra Tesfaye
SCA Corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

#mysca #scaathome #inclusiveexcellence #blacklivesmatter

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Dance Vids – 

An Tir Glow-Up Volume 2!

The Equestrians

Classes – 

Italian Ren Apothecary

Teaching Online Classes

Tripod Pipkin in Clay

Woodworking 101

Just need some quality SCA time? Slide show of the Enchanted Ground at Gulf Wars 2019

Interview with Duke Steingrim

Early Week – …was all the gift exchange pieces, since Loren got the Hedeby bag frames finished very late on Sunday. Anja made a needle case in the norse style, although it was bamboo and not bone. The bag got sewn on over the rest of the week and the pieces collected. The collar and cuffbands got mailed early in the week, too.

Cookery – This week’s challenge dish was hippocras, but that was something that we did last winter, so Anja didn’t bother other than going to the Cook’s Chat.

Instead we focused on having a mini-potluck with Louisa and her mother on Thursday. Anja put together a soup, then realized it was whey-based, so went fishing in the freezer for a pottage of some kind, since Louisa and her mother are both dairy-free. She also made apple mush and honey-ginger carrots for sides. We had the composte and a tray of nibbles to start. Louisa brought bread and some chops that she had marinated in red wine and Italian herbs and her mom brought a pound cake with strawberries in glaze, because it was Louisa’s birthday. Pix under “potluck” below.

Saturday evening was the Apicius beets and then chopping the leftovers for a soup next week. Lots of that kind of thing goes into boxes in the freezer, then on soup day they all come out, get thawed and into the pot.

Pear pie

Medieval Pancakes with flowers and herbs, Crispelli

Rabbit Stew – Jane’s Kitchen

Meat Pastries

Sewing – Anja was working on turning some patterns from period pattern books into something blackworkable. Also the bag from the Hedeby set needed to be stitched. …and projects on Sunday, too. …and Anja started the embroidery on a sippy cup insert. 🙂

Sundials, etc. – The Hedeby bag frame was wet-sanded and then wood-buttered on Wednesday so that the bag itself could be sewn on. We had some difficulty with getting cord for it, but finally braided some cotton string for a strong enough handle. The needlecase innards got re-cut on Thursday.

Loren holding the finished bag supports.

A needle happened on Friday and a fid on Sunday. Almost done!

Herb Bunch – Vegetable ends from the soup went into the garden buckets and a snail promptly ate out the inside of the celery. <sigh> Saturday was all rain/sun/rain/sun, so some photos happened.

Project Day – Loren worked on a bone needle, filed another lotus seed and sanded our big wooden nibbles tray, preparing to re-finish it. Anja was doing emery strawberries and a little rocking chair frame pincushion, plus mending a cushion and other small tasks.

Loren finally ate his beet for supper on Sunday.

Potluck Menu


  • Bread
  • Wild blueberry Jam
  • Brussel sprout and bean pickles
  • Black and green olives
  • membrillo cubes


  • Soup – Mushroom Potato
  • Pottage – Split pea with bacon
  • Pork chops
  • Honey-Ginger Carrots
  • Apple Muse
  • Composte


  • Comfits
  • Strawberries in a glaze on poundcake


Apicius Beets – Anja’s version

Betas: Concidas porrum coriandrum cuminum uvam passam farinam et omnia in medullam mittes ligabis et ita inferes ex liquamine oleo et aceto

Beets: Chop leeks, coriander, cumin, raisins, flour and put all in the middle, tie and serve thus with fish sauce, oil and vinegar

So, my version

Ingredients, amounts are going to vary

  • 1 large beet
  • 1 medium leek or (since I had a small one, added white of 6 spring onions)
  • About 2 TBSP breadcrumbs
  • About the same ricotta
  • Ground cumin, small pinch
  • Coriander and mustard seed, ½ tsp mixed.


  1. Scrub beet.
  2. Chop off root, leaves, and cut 1/3 down from the stem end.
  3. Hollow out and but put innards and leaves by for soups.
  4. Bruise seeds in mortar
  5. Make a mix of chopped leek, bread crumbs & ricotta. Sprinkle with seeds and cumin and mix well.
  6. Stuff beet.
  7. Add a splash of red wine.
  8. Put top back on and tie closed.
  9. Wrap in foil and bake at 350 for about an hour. Done when a skewer slides in, easily.

Extra – Any leftover filling can be mixed with the beet innards. Add breadcrumbs and spice as necessary. Place in a baking cup and top with ricotta. Wrap in foil and proceed as above.

Note – Why did I add the cheese and wine since they’re not in the original recipe? They show up in lots of dishes in the same book. Just my preference. Especially since no one here will eat the fish sauce!

…and they weren’t perfect, by any means. More tweaking required! The flavor was good, but the filling was very dry. I guess more liquid is needed, because the breadcrumbs gave it the right texture. Couldn’t taste the wine at all. Maybe use the wine in with the filling? I need to get better at hollowing out the beets, too, but my eye isn’t good about how deep I was going and I didn’t want to go through to my hand! The foil, probably made the tie unnecessary, but if you’re going to do several in a baking tin, I’d still tie them. The filling doesn’t expand very much (that’s why breadcrumbs instead of flour….)

Miscellaneous pix


Treasures of the Renaissance – The Golden Lute

French Rennaissance music – Dufay, 15th – to 16th cent.

How to do the Pavane – Really good teaching article with links to vids. –


Video Links

Embroidery for the SCA period part one

Stem Stitch


divider black grey greek key

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

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 210 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 = 4041 handed off

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