Between the Eclipse and one of Loren and Anja’s kids getting married, things got disrupted this week. This coming week is going to be much more normal and we’ll probably be making cheese at least once this week…. or maybe just eating some and talking about it.
The Chetco Bar fire is continuing to be awful along with the others burning in the Coast Range and the Cascades. A set of Tymberhavene folks were evacuated during the week and Brookings is a mess. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and prayers. Photo montage on the left by Vesta.
- Our meetings this week
- 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 – 9/24 (9/17 is Coronet…)
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/
Wedding pix – We just grabbed a couple of Loren and Anja for here. Dress for the wedding specified “wacky”. We figured garb applied…. and Anja finally got her headdress actually constructed instead of pinned to a Styrofoam head.
Anja and Loren collected some things on the way home from the wedding that had been promised earlier. SCA courier doesn’t work all that well to the coast.
Herb Bunch – We got our tomatillos planted (No pix, yet….) and harvested more herbs and greens. The harvested stuff all got used on Sunday for the fritters, if we hadn’t set them aside for drying. I’ve put the pix from those here.
Sewing Time – Saturday – Amy and Anja sat and chatted and worked just getting farther on projects. We need more pincushion filling, so Anja is just making tops and working on a long-term embroidery project.
Project Day – Of course, it being a potluck day, most of this is cooking!
We started the day with draining the chicken that had been cooking all night. We saved some of the broth aside for papyns and added vegetables to the rest. We cooked parsnip, turnip, cabbage, beans and the radish greens in this for a vegetable pottage.
…and talk about a blast from the past! Kendrew MacFlandry of Dundee happened to show up at the shop with his lady and some friends! We haven’t seen him for more than a 1/4 century. We got to talk for a bit.
Loren got a bread going after they left and then we started making the “cake” batters. Now, these aren’t sweet, they’re more like fritters than than what we would think of as a cake. The pix of them getting the bisquik added and getting stirred didn’t turn out. We used bisquik because we had it and it needed to get used up. Normally it would have been just flour. The saffron was put into an 1/2 cup of warm broth while this was going on, to get the color to release, then set aside.
Amee called at that point. She and Nick were out and about on a job and ran across a complete folding loom at a yard sale. Unfortunately none of us had the $150 that it would take to buy.
The next cake batter was for the cheese cakes.
The Papyn gravy was next on the list, so butter was melted, flour and salt were added (and Anja bemoaned the fact later that she used regular and not rice flour) and the flour cooked, then 1/4 cup of cream shaken with 1/4 cup of water to thin it, and then as it cooked the colored broth went back in and it was whisked until it got to a good consistency, then poured into the gravy warmer.
The eggs were cooked next, poached in the rest of the reserved broth with about 1/4 cup of sour cream added and a little salt and then that went into a crockpot to stay warm.
Loren had to take off on an errand at that point, but Amy showed up, so she and Anja sat and talked in between Anja running into the back for the next step of cookery. Amy worked on her njalbinden. The fritters were next and we had a dozen green herb and about 20 of the cheese.
Loren still wasn’t back, so Amy and Anja started on the food, which didn’t include the bread until later. The herb cakes were interesting, but had a slightly bitter aftertaste that Anja didn’t really like, but the cheese ones were enjoyed by all. You can
see the papyn gravy on the papyns in the little eating bowl. The pink stuff is the pickled ginger, which was really good with the fried cakes. The cookies were Amy’s contribution and we didn’t get to the bread until way later.
Loren got back about 1/2 an hour later and everything was still warm, so he did get his share after he got the bread into the oven. We ate that warm, almost as dessert! …and leftovers the next day!
Menu for Potluck
- Bread & Butter- Loren
- Cooked vegetable stew – Loren and Anja
- Fried herb cakes – Herb Bunch/Anja
- Fried cheese “cakes” – Anja
- Papyns – Loren and Anja
- Pickled ginger – Purchased
- Cookies – Amy
- Vegetable Pottage – Anja, Loren and the Herb Bunch
Anja’s version of Papyns
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 stick of butter
- Several pinches of saffron
- 6 eggs
- Box chicken broth
- 3 tbsp sour cream
- Pour at least 2 inches of the broth (it was our whole box) to very soft boil in a saucepan with a cover.
- Stir in sour cream and bring up to simmer again.
- One at a time, break each egg carefully into the broth, being sure not to break the yolk.
- Allow the eggs to poach just until the yolks have cooked; remove from the water with a slotted spoon and put into a heat-proof bowl.
- In the saucepan, melt the butter and add the saffron.
- Add flour, shaking or sifting into hot butter so that it cooks & thickens, but does not brown, stirring constantly (it helps to have an extra hand, Mrs. Weasley’s wand or a prehensile tail for this step!) then begin adding the broth back until you have a smooth, gravy-like sauce.
- Heat slowly until the color changes as the saffron finishes cooking into the sauce. The color of the sauce needs to be a golden yellow, so adjust the saffron or food coloring as needed. Stir frequently to prevent sticking or scorching.
- Pour over eggs
- Season with salt & pepper if desired.
Anja, Loren, Amy, Amee
Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)
- ASXLVII = 24
- ASXLVIII = 88
- ASXLIX = 794
- ASL = 2138
- ASLI = 731
- ASLII = 163 plus 4 pouch, 25 pouches for block-printing, 35 (plus 22 unfinished) pincushions, 5 lucet cord, 1 hat, 1 bone needle & case, 2 sewing boxes (finished except for bone needles), 1 sewing box (in process), varnished stuff (124)
- Total as a Household = 3522 handed off
In ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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Last updated 8/28/17