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Finally tourist season is winding down. We had some rain this week and the garden is happy. Potluck took advantage of the garden produce in one of our dishes. Not a lot else was going on, although various House members talked about projects.

Project Day is now open for in-person meet-ups as well as in the Virtual Realm! Potluck this month will be Virtual and Real-World! Sewing and Herbs workshops are open for both. Masks are required. All other meetings are on hold for the moment.

That’s so pretty!

When will the rest of these open up in person? We’ll probably keep right on with the virtual ones side-by-side with the actual. 

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 6am-9pm, starts this week!
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 5pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Virtual Potluck – =10/17, 11/21, 12/19, 1/16
  • Winter Feast LVI, 2/13/22, Norse Theme. Page here – More pages coming!

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:

Summits Coronet 9/18/21 – Only fighters and necessary officers could attend, but we were all cheering them on, anyway!

Huzzah for the new Tanist and Tanista of The Summits Viscount Luciano Foscari and Signora Tessina Felice Gianfigliazzi!! Huzzah!!


Misc – A grin

Other Educational Events

A Master List for finding classes, webinars and other things –

10/1-10/3 2021 – Daigaku-Ryo: Pan-Asia University = Constantinople to Heiankyō 2021 – October 1, 2021 — October 3, 2021 –

 Other Good Stuff

KWAS – The Known World Arts and Sciences Display is now live! Go to and click on “Display Hall” in the upper right corner to see the contributions.

Knowne Worlde Entertainment Guide – KWEG – Entertainment List –

SCA Iberia put out a whole bunch of videos from their most recent event!

Dance Vids – Pavane

SAINT PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH – Pavane Belle qui tiens ma vie by Thoinot Arbeau – Consort 8 – Courtly Ayres & Dances – Danced by Fiona Garlick and John Barnard of The Early Dance Consort.

The lovely Pavane “Belle qui tiens ma vie” comes from a French dance treatise Orchésographie, published in Lengres in 1589, and written by Jehan Tabourot, a canon of the church, under the pseudonym “Thoinot Arbeau”. Arbeau provides wonderful insights into the social dances of the mid-to late 16th century, along with instructions using a unique printing system which correlates notes of the dance tunes with their steps. He is credited with the composition of this chanson in four parts, and includes the appropriate drum rhythm to be played throughout. The Pavane was danced “walking with decorum and measured gravity”. It opened grand balls at court, heralded entrances and processions, and was played “when a maiden of good family is taken to Holy Church to be married”.

Approche donc ma belle Come my beauty,
Approche, toi mon bien, come my wellbeing,
Ne me sois plus rebelle Don’t reject me,
Puisque mon cœur est tien. for my heart is yours,
Pour mon mal apaiser, To appease my pain,
Donne-moi un baiser. give me a kiss.

This performance was part of Consort 8’s COVID-safe concert.

Pavana Lesquercarde

Classes – 

Wacky theories from the Middle Ages – Medievalists – Tight hose caused the Black Death, licking a bear into existence, and the Ordeal of Water. In this episode, Danièle tells us about some of the stranger ideas that came up in the Middle Ages.

Early Week – A soup/stew got made early on in the week, specifically for the potluck. More on that below. Anja was doing more embroidery, then on Wednesday got a block of time to type up some recipes…. …and on Thursday to try to track down more sources. Friday was typing more recipes and on Saturday Loren got some more ingredients.

Cookery – A bunch of recipes from “An Early Meal” have gotten posted. I don’t know why, but not all of them are making it into the menu, so look at this page for the links.

The stew was a little more “scraped icebox” that usual. The pork roast from last week was the base. It had caraway, onions and mushrooms in it and then a veg mix went in that was a couple kinds of summer squash, canned mushrooms, corn, peas and green beans plus some butter. An onion and a half, a turnip and a bunch of carrots, plus varied greens including beet tops, dandelion, plantain, sorrel and lettuces, plus marjoram, garlic, and someo other things.

On Wednesday a batch of chicken got done so’s to have broth for borscht and chicken for mortar chickens.

Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday were all typing recipes and trying to work out ingredients. There are a lot of ingredients that are going to need further research for sources or substitutes.

Saturday morning was buying some more ingredients.

Pork Stew

Tudor Elizabethan Applesauce, a.k.a. Applemoyse – Lynne Fairchild – Applemoyse, or appelmoise, is a 16th century Tudor / Elizabethan applesauce receipt (recipe). This particular recipe is from 1575 in William How’s book, A Proper New Booke of Cookery.


  • 4 apples
  • egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp rose water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger


  1. Take the apples and make applesauce. In other words, peel, core, and slice the apples.
  2. Put the apples in a pot with 3/4 cup of water.
  3. Let the water simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Then, drain any excess water.
  5. Remove the apples from heat.
  6. Mash the apples (or use a food mill).
  7. Stir in the egg yolk quickly (the residual heat of the pan will cook it – beware of scrambled egg).
  8. Then, add in the rose water, sugar, and butter.
  9. Put back on medium heat, stirring regularly, until you have a fluffy, yellowish pudding.
  10. Serve in 4 small bowls.
  11. Sprinkle with cinnamon (Ceylon is preferred) and ginger on top.

Yield= 4 servings

Feeding A Medieval KnightTasting History with Max Miller – Chewtes on Flesshe Day

MMMK – Medieval Chicken Meatballs – My Modern Medieval Kitchen – My Modern Medieval Kitchen making a modern version of medieval chicken meatballs

MMMK Cherry Pie ver 1. – My Modern Medieval Kitchen making Cherry Pie – Source: Middelaldermad by Bi Skaarup og Henrik Jacobsen

MMMK Cherry Pie ver 2 – My Modern Medieval Kitchen – making a modern version of ‘Cherry Pie’

The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570)
Recipie: Book VI.128 (page 583 in my edition of the book)

Egg yolks
Mostaccioli (or just Cinnamon bisquits)

Pie dough
Here is how I make mine

Sewing – Just a little embroidery with some mundane sewing.

Sundials, etc. – Adiantum’s A&S was Tuesday evening and about medieval coins.

Making Simple Prehistoric-style Leather ShoesSally Pointer – Drawing broad inspiration from prehistoric shoes, including the current world’s oldest shoe from Areni-1, I’m making a pair or very simple but comfortable leather shoes to wear with my Neolithic outfits.

Herb Bunch – Harvest ahead of the rain. Some of this went into the “thinnings” soup.

We have a couple of people hunting goosefoot or lamb’s quarters for one of the dishes. Apparently, it’s easily wild-crafted (if you know what you’re looking for) and called “bathua” in Indian/Pan-Asian store freezers. Yarrow leaf is also required for another dish. That one probably needs to be wild-crafted.

Project Day – Anja started with the borscht and then the vegetable thinnings stew, both in the tripot, plus the pork stew just needed warmed, ditto. Pix under the recipes, and pork stew by the description above. By 3:40 the whole tripot was going. Next on the agenda was mortar chickens again. Loren was running back and forth, washing vegetables and dishes while Anja was chopping and compounding. Took a break for nibbles and picture processing then got back to it. Finally everything was cooking or ready to cook, but the soups were taking awhile. We finally nuked each of them for 10 minutes and that got them farther down the road. We sat down to eat at 7pm.

Pattern weight. Hand sewn, sand filling

Isabeau – I’m still at work, day 10. Co worker, opposite shift, has covid. Finally getting to work on my adapted pincushion

Ailantha – Idk. I missed the day playing leaky pipe plumber games instead. Next week, I hope!

Arlys – PROJECT DAY: finished embroidering this Assisi ducky slip and put all the parts together for a holiday gift.

Helen Louise – Sounds lovely… not feeling up to doing much today.

Rosamonde Sherwood – Berry pie with berries husband picked. I put a powdered sugar/butter/rosewater & flour crust on top colored w a bit of ube. Should have thickened the berries a bit more……

Potluck Menu

Nibbles (no pix)

  • Bean pickle
  • Cuke pickle
  • black olives
  • green olives
  • fig jam
  • hot pepper jam
  • regular butter
  • Pickled eggs
  • Cubed cheddar
  • garlic butter
  • herb butter
  • bread


  • Pork/Veg stew
  • Borscht
  • Mortar chickens
  • Thinnings soup – Cabbage, small veg, tops, in pork broth.


  • Strawberries in cream
  • Comfits
  • Marzipan

Anja says – Other than I think I salted the thinnings stew twice… at least… It’s pretty tasty. We’ve been eating off the pork stew during the week, so I knew that was ok. The borscht needs sour cream, I’m afraid, and I forgot to check whether we had any. The mortar chickens worked better this way, with larger chunks, they cooked faster and were quite tender. I used quite a bit of horseradish in them and that, combined with aniseed, salt and saffron sounds like a weird combo, but it works.

…and on Monday discovered a really tasty way to do the leftovers, plain english muffin, buttered and toasted in the oven, then a cold patty set on it and closed up into a sandwich. *Yum*!


Tripot – Borscht at the top, pork stew to left, veg thinnings to right.

Simple borscht

  • 1 flat of chicken thighs
  • Water
  • salt
  • 3 beets
  • 1 onion
  • Caraway
  • Powdered horseradish (1 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup barley
  • sour cream


  1. In a large pot put the chicken with water to cover and some salt. Don’t overdo the salt. You can always add. Tough to subtract!
  2. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Check internal temp of chicken. Must be at least 165F.
  3. Drain broth to a large jar (I used an ½ gallon) and fridge.
  4. Put chicken in an airtight container and fridge for up to 5 days.
  5. Peel and chop onion and beets.
  6. Put into a pot (I used a crockpot).
  7. Add caraway to taste. (I used 1 TBSP.)
  8. Degrease chicken broth. Grease should have risen to the top and congealed and can be scraped out with a spoon. Save, if you use schmaltz, otherwise discard grease.
  9. Add enough of chicken broth to cover the vegetables and put on the heat (crock on high).
  10. Put the rest of the chicken broth in a smaller container and reserve for other uses. Save out the “bits” that settled at the bottom of the bottle and add that to the crock.
  11. After two hours, stir well, and check to see whether the veg are cooked. If they are, turn down to warm. Taste and add salt and horseradish.
  12. Take ¾ cup of the broth from the crock and put it into a microwave-safe bowl. Add barley and zap for 5 minutes.
    Test one grain. If crunchy, zap for 5 more. Test. Repeat until soft.
  13. Add to crock and stir.
  14. Shred one chicken thigh, minus bones, fat, gristle and skin
  15. Taste and add caraway, salt, horseradish to taste.
  16. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream.
    Note – If cooking in a crockpot, you can put everything but the barley in at once…. Still cook the barley separately. 
Tripot – Borscht at the top, pork stew to left, veg thinnings to right.

Vegetable Pottage

  • 1 cup pork broth (from roast drippings/stew)
  • 2 cups cole slaw mix (includes carrot)
  • 10 string beans
  • carrot thinnings (handful)
  • tough old (missed!) radishes
  • 6, 1/2 inch rounds of leek from the white end
  • 1 TBSP dried shallots
  • 1tsp salt


  1. Chop everything and put in crockpot.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Stir
  4. Taste
  5. Add seasonings, if necessary.

Note – This was really pretty until the pork broth was stirred into it and made it very dark. 

Mortar Chickens, Meister Hans 1460 cookbook

  • 2 Chicken thighs, cooked and cooled,
  • 1 egg
  • medium pinch Saffron
  • 1 tsp Horseradish or pepper
  • 1 tsp Aniseed
  • Fat or oil (used bacon fat)


  1. Muddle the egg.
  2. Sprinkle ground saffron onto egg and let sit for a few (best overnight!) for the saffron to “color”.
  3. Mix egg and spices.
  4. Skin and bone the chicken , then chop it well. Add egg mix and process until well mixed.
  5. Divide into 6 sections for patties or 12-15 for “nuggets”.
  6. Scoop out with a large spoon to get a consistent size
  7. Heat ½ inch oil/grease.
  8. Drop patties/nuggets onto oil. This was done at “5” on my burner. The oil should foam around the patties.
  9. Use something like a potato masher to flatten the patties once they’re in the pan.
  10. Loosen from pan within a minute. At about 3 minutes it will be browning on the bottom and can be carefully flipped to the other side. These are *very* tender and will tend to fall apart if you handle them like a burger!
  11. Fry until done (check inside temp with thermometer…. 165F-180)
  12. Serve each on ½ a roll and garnish with spring onion rings.

Recipe #62 Von mörser hüner die mach also – Of mortar chickens, make them thus

Take a roasted chicken, dismember it small and take the sheer meat of it. And take a thin batter of eggs and of pepper, anise, pepper and saffron and pound it all together in a mortar. Fry it in a little fat, those are mortar chickens.

Miscellaneous pix

The West Yorkshire Hoard, which was first unearthed on 14 September 2008 in the Leeds area.
This was an unusual collection of seven items: four gold rings, a fragment of gold brooch, a bit of gold ingot and (the odd one out) a lead spindle whorl.
And not a single coin in sight to help date it!
The chunky-looking gold ring on the right is considered 10th-century in style; the earliest pieces are 300 years older than that, which means that the person who collected – or inherited – this stash of treasure had the rights to some very valuable property.
The burial pit itself showed signs of repeated disturbance – that’s led to the theory that whoever buried the hoard, in the 10th century or later, kept coming back whenever they needed the portable wealth that the gold and gemstones offered them.
If that’s the case, the ’hoard’ represents the last few bits that never did get ’cashed in’.
Why the owner failed to return is a mystery – but the political instability of northern England in the 10th and 11th-centuries probably offers the best explanation. The so-called Northumbrian Priests Law of c.1023 forbids travel in and out of York on holy days including Sunday, but makes an exception ’in cases of hostility’.
A thousand years later, their loss is our gain.
Photo from Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Music𝔄𝔪𝔬𝔲𝔯𝔰 𝔢 𝔇𝔢́𝔰𝔦𝔯𝔰 – Medieval Love Songs – 𝔐𝔲𝔰𝔦𝔠𝔞 𝔐𝔢𝔡𝔦𝔢𝔳𝔞𝔩𝔢 – Ensemble: Ensemble Für Frühe Musik Augsburg
Album: Amours & Désirs
Video: Ms. U 964 (XIIIth cent.)

1 Ce Fu En Mai – Moniot D’Arras (Dance Song)
2 En Un Vergier Lez Une Fontenele – Anonym. (Chanson D’ Histoire, Chanson de Mal-mariée)
3 Lucis Orto Sydere – Anonym. (Pastourelle In Latin)
4 Por Coi Me Bait Mes Maris – Anonym. (Ballade, Chanson de Mal-mariée)
5 L’ Amours Dont Sui Epris – Blondel de Nesle(Chanson Courtoise)
6 La Uitime Estampie Royal – Anonym. (Instrumental)
7 Contre Le Dous Tans Novel – Jehan Bodel (Pastourelle)
8 Jherusalem, Grant Damage Me Fais – Anonym. (Chanson de Croisade / Woman´s Complaint)
9 Volez-oïr la Muse Muset – Colin Muset (Reverdie)
10 Par Un Tres Bel Jour De Mai – Jean Erart (Pastourelle)
11 De Ramis Cadunt Folia – Anonym. (Love Song In Latin)
12 L’ Autrier Par La Matinee – Thibaut de Champagne (Pastourelle)
13 La Septime Estampie Royal – Anonym. (Instrumental)
14 Bele Yolanz En Ses Chambres Ses Seoit – Anonym. (Chanson de Toile)
15 Eccs Letantur Omnia – Anonym. (Love Song In Latin)

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Renaissance shield stolen by Nazis returned to Czechia by Philadelphia Museum of Art –

Reenactment of Prague’s Battle of White Mountain to Take Place on September 18-19 –

Viking Age head-coverings –

Wenceslas IV visits Pálava wine festival –

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Video Links

Picatrix: A Medieval Treatise on Astral Magic – Medievalists

Did ANNE BOLEYN have a PSEUDO PREGNANCY in 1534? Causes of pseudo pregnancies. Six wives documentary – History Calling – The second wife of Henry VIII is generally assumed to have had three pregnancies; one which resulted in the birth of Elizabeth I in 1533, one which ended in an unrecorded miscarriage or stillbirth in the summer of 1534 and one which ended in a miscarried son in January 1536. These are also the pregnancies frequently shown in films, TV shows and documentaries about Henry’s doomed Queen, such as The Tudors and Wolf Hall. There is debate however, as to whether Anne Boleyn’s second pregnancy was real, or if she mistakenly thought she was expecting again; a condition known as a pseudo pregnancy (or pseudocyesis). Indeed her step-daughter, Queen Mary I, would later experience one of the most famous cases of pseudo pregnancy in history, due to the extreme psychological stress she felt around the need to produce an heir. In Anne’s case, the Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, reported that by September 1534, Henry was beginning ‘to entertain doubts as to his mistress’ reported pregnancy’ and this comment has fueled speculation that Mary was not the only Tudor Queen affected by pseudocyesis. In this six wives documentary from History Calling, we’ll look at the evidence for Anne’s middle pregnancy, the causes of pseudo pregnancies and how likely it is that she suffered from this phenomena. In the course of the video, I’ll also reveal how many pregnancies Anne Boleyn had and discuss the theory that she was pregnant in the summer of 1535.

New and Updated Pages

New stuff on the feast foods page, lots of sub-pages, recipes! –


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Largesse, Gifts and Auction items
·         ASXLVII = 24
·         ASXLVIII = 88
·         ASXLIX = 794
·         ASL = 2138
·         ASLI = 731
·         ASLII = 304
·         ASLIII = 146
·         ASLIV & ASLV = 230
·         ASLVI = 177 plus 4 puppets, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 1 kiss-lock pouch, 9 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 3 snip case w/snips, lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 2 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 14 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124), 2 emery strawberries, 1 woolen spool-knit cord, 48 key bottle openers
Total as a Household = 4238 handed off

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Last updated 9/2021