All Hail the Heirs to the Alpine Throne, Turk and Seamus!

We had a not-too-productive week with a bunch of mundane obligations getting in the way, but wound up with a marvelous Coronet tourney day and then a really good potluck. Some of our food experiments are turning out really well and one really didn’t. 🙂

Lookin’ good, guys!

All meetings are at the normal times 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 – 10/22

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:

New Heirs to the Alpine Throne! All Hail, Turk and Seamus! ...and other stuff from Coronet.

Early Week

Omgs! Toy swords dug up at Vindolanda!!!!!

Mostly the early week this time was putting things away and making lists. Anja was also doing some food research, as usual. We did get pix of the forehead cloth, though.

Stella stopped by to check in and tell us she was planning to make it to the potluck. So did Nick.

Sewing Time – Thursday – Started early in the day, since Anja wanted pincushion filling.

Gudrun said, ” one of the Girls at work can’t sew at all. I’m going to teach her how to make an apron dress as an easy beginner pattern. 😡 she doesn’t even know how to hem. I figure an apron dress is perfect to teach all those skills.”

Sewing Time – Saturday – Got “et” by the Coronet Tourney. All Hail the new Heirs, Turk and Seamus! …and Loren finished a bone needle and Anja cut and stitched some emery bags.

Project Day

….started with Anja and Loren sorting feast gear. Wow, does it get confused! Loren had to go back home after the camera and then they got the broth divided out from the beef and vegetables. (Pix below)

…and the cheese was intact and still good and the pickled cabbage elicited, “Oh, gods…. that’s *good*!” It was nice and crunchy, sour and salty, and spicy too, without being overwhelming! Yummy!

So we ate until stuffed and then divided things up to take home and sat and talked music and history and Coronet and a lot of other things.

Potluck Menu

  • Beef soup stew with 2 kinds of dumplings – Loren and Anja
  • Chia seed, peanut butter cookies – Stella
  • Pickled cabbage – Anja and Loren
  • Butter – Loren
  • Olives (black and green) – purchased
  • Pickled ginger – purchased



Pickled Cabbage – Jar or canned sauerkraut is too “loud” for a lot of people. Anja decided to try pickling some cabbage instead, hoping to get a product that’s more palatable when fried with the cheese. So far, the recipes that we found were all OoP, like this Townsend and Sons one.

So for a recipe that works out to…..

  1. Shred your cabbage and tamp it down in layers into a crock, maybe with an onion (apple?) between the layers.
  2. Take cider or malt vinegar, a couple of cups, and boil it with ginger, pepper and allspice, then pour it over the cabbage and let sit.

So, no salt? …and I can’t have pepper, and it’s not Czech enough without caraway, so what we did was….

  • medium head of cabbage
  • 2 onion
  • 4 Ball jars
  • 8 cups vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • Caraway, Black Mustard Seed, Celery seed, Allspice, Clove (jars), Ginger (jars)

The process for filling the jars with cabbage and onion is in the process pix. The vinegar and the rest got brought to a boil and poured over the cabbage, which was left to sit for half an hour. The jars were banged against the table to get the bubbles out and then filled right to the brim with the broth, so that when the lids were screwed down they ran over a touch.

Dumplings – Nothing is more typically Slavic than dumplings. Everything from pirozki to vareniki to raw potato dumplings are all over the “traditional” food pages. Obviously the potatoes are right out for period foods, but lots of other possibilities are out there. We’re going to try doing some with parsnips at some point, because those are suggested as a possibility for “what did they use before potatoes, ‘coz there had to be something!”

…but we had to start with broth because all the commercial beef broths that we were finding had pepper, so Anja decided to do a potroast/soup. After all the hacky-choppy was done it was left to cook overnight.

Divided and cooled and the broth got separated out Sunday morning, so that the dumplings could be done in the broth. Anja then mixed two doughs, one a standard cheese biscuit dough (from a mix) and the other a plain flour/egg/salt dumpling dough. The egg one worked beautifully. The cheese one…. didn’t …. kinda turned to slime…. maybe gravy or something, but not dumplings…. so the rest of that dough became biscuits.

Egg Dumpling

Take 2 eggs, 1 cup of flour and a little salt. Mix to a stiff dough. Some flour might stay in the bowl, this is ok. Drop by teaspoonfuls into boiling broth (at least 4 inches of broth in the pot) or roll teaspoonfuls into balls between floured hands and then toss them in. Boil 3-5 minutes until done. If any don’t “rise” within a few minutes, use a spoon to get them unstuck from the bottom of the pot. Serve warm, maybe with a little broth in the bottom of the bowl. These were yum…and gnocchi-ish texture.

Cheese Dumpling

The cheese dumplings that didn’t work were made from a biscuit dough mix that called for adding 1/2 cup cheese and 3/4 cup of cold water to a packet that was supposed to make 8 biscuits. Now I’ve made dumplings of biscuit dough before and the dough looked right, but it didn’t work this time for dough, just sortof went to slime, or porridge or….gravy (?) in the pots and it took the broth with it. It had a good flavor, but not what we were trying for.


Moar An Tir Magic cards!

Anja, Gudrun (v), Stella, Loren, Nick, Jay(v)

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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, 48 (plus 32 unfinished) pincushions, 5emery bags, 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

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Last updated 9/18/17