House Capuchin Shield2After the craziness of last week’s demo, this week was all about cleaning up and then cooking for the potluck. We had a good one, although there were only a few of us. Care packages are going out n Wednesday for several people who couldn’t make it.

Estella’s daughter called. She’s going to be a grandma sometime in April! Who-hoo! Congratulations!

This week all meetings are on time

  • 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 announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Potluck – 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19/20
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/22/20, Date has changed! Theme German Renaissance

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:

From the Tanist and Tanista

Dearest Summits,

We, Kenric and Dagmar, are humbled by the love you have shown us. We hope to exceed the expectations you have of us and show what it means to be part of this wonderful principality. We have much love and admiration for all of you and feel incredibly lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives. We have never felt more honored. We will strive to be our best selves and bring honor to this fair principality as it rightly deserves.

This weekend was overwhelming. The list was full of mighty warriors and virtuous consorts. Every person fought with the greatest amount of chivalry. This was the most beautiful tourney, both on and off field, we have see in quite a long time. We were both honored to participate in it.

The excitement, love, and joy in the eyes and voices of the people warmed our hearts and we feel privileged to be part of the Summits. This event was very well done, and we would like to thank all those that made it so wonderful.

Kenric and Dagmar
Tanist and Tanista

On Saturday 21 September Ealdormere Coronation took place. Queen Kaylah became only the second Woman in the SCA to become Queen by Right of Arms. The first time was 27 years ago. Here is the Royal couple, Queen Kaylah the Cheerful and King Trumbrand the Wanderer.

Early Week – Pretty much was all unpacking and sorting out things from last weekend… and laundry… it takes *forever* for some things to dry! Books came in that we’ve been waiting for.

Cookery – Some of the pickles and tvarog got tasted during the week, by folks who were interested and stopped by.

On Saturday after the herbs were harvested, chives got chopped and made into chive butter, the fennel blossoms got chopped to add to pork for swimming sausage, and sorrel to go into the supper salad. We also started a crockpot of onions to caramelize for the onion pie.

The rest and pictures are on Sunday….

The finished sewing kit

Sewing – In the process of sorting out projects over the last month, Anja found some pieces that are going into the “immediate” basket, since they’re been waiting for awhile. The sewing kit pouch, got taken apart (it’s got partly sewed inside-out last weekend) re-started and finished on Saturday during the workshop. Also a couple of needle cases and another emery got added to the largesse pile.

Sundials, etc. – Another needle finished on Wednesday.

Herb Bunch – The herb garden has gotten moved around to the front of the shop and all messed up, but at least everything got watered. Anja spend the tail end of the week tending plants. Loren pulled out the pots and plates that weren’t in use and got them put away, and the boards and blocks that we had been using went to storage.

Saturday morning’s workshop was supposed to be on kyphi, but we’re going to have to put that off until we have more materials, so we worked on scented fans. We did rose, sandalwood, patchouli and rosemary and we’re going to set up a couple more later.

Saturday evening we tended the plants that had landed from the door, south. The planter boxes are still really dry. …and we got skeeter-chewed enough to quit with that half. We harvested chives, sorrel, dock, lemon thyme, sweetgrass, angelica and self-heal, plus getting dead leaves, grass, morning glory and other weeds out of the pots. Sunday was too wet, so we’ll finish that next week.

Project Day – We started the day with cleaning up so there’d be room to cook! Estella stopped by and we had a good chat for a couple of hours, while she helped Anja “pick string” for using as stuffing for needlecases and snip sheathes. She got to try the sauerkraut before she headed out and liked it. After that Anja did a few remakes on the snip sheathes, having gotten the ties on the wrong end.

Photos were next up while Loren worked on getting ahead of the cooking dishes and once that was done we started cooking.

Potluck – Things kept going later and later. No one showed but Anja and Loren, though, so it wasn’t too big of a problem.

The nibbles tray was on the table for most of the afternoon.

The onion pies were first, since they could be served cold. We shared one of them, warm, and decided it needed a touch more salt (since we hadn’t added the bacon, which will probably fix that…)

Next was the cabbage pottage, pretty much ham, onion, cabbage and caraway. That just took cooking, once everything was hacked up.

Loren set up the sausages. He has a method of mixing that works very well, as well as Anja’s dump-it-in-the-mixer. They got cooked last and were served on small rolls.

Potluck Menu



  • tvarog
  • bean pickle
  • mixed veg pickle
  • pickled eggs
  • bread
  • black olives
  • green olives
  • chive butter

Main course

  • swimming sausage
  • Cabbage with ham & onions
  • sauerkraut
  • onion pie


  • comfits
  • marzipan with ginger


Onion pie – Makes 8 in a mini-pie maker

  • 1 1/2 pounds onions
  • 1 1/2 stick butter (1/4 pound)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 prepared pie crust (1 box)
  • 3/4 cups cream
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground caraway
  • Optional: grated gruyere or parmesan cheese


  1. Slice onions finely. Caramelize in the butter. (I prefer to put them into a crockpot overnight with 1/4 cup water and the butter.) Let cool.
  2. Fry bacon slices until crisp. Drain and set aside to cool, then crumble
  3. Mix cream, egg, salt, nutmeg and caraway.
  4. Use mini pie cutter to make 8 crusts (set aside dough scraps to re-roll)
  5. Prep mini pie maker with 4 crusts.
  6. In each place about 1/2 cup of onions. Gather to center and press down lightly.
  7. Put an 1/8 of the custard mix in each (about an 1/8 cup). Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
  8. Close lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  9. Raise lid and sprinkle with cheese if desired.
  10. Cook 2 more minutes or until custard is set (and at least 165f), crusts are brown and edges of the filling are turning golden.
  11. Serve hot or cold.


Sausages, swimming

  • 1 pound pork
  • 1/8 cup minced fennel
  • 1 tsp horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp clove
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Bottle red wine (use enough to float them in the pan)
  1. Mix all together and form into fingers or patties.
  2. Swim them in the wine in a saucepan and cook until done.
  3. Juice can be thickened with flour for a sauce.


Cabbage pottage

  • 1 large onion
  • 1/2 a small head of cabbage.
  • About a cup to 1.5 cups of ham chopped fine (I used the “rind” from a ham and ran in through a grinder)
  • 1/2 Tbsp of ground caraway.
  • Salt, if needed


  1. Slice onion and chop cabbage to a small and fairly uniform size.
  2. Chop ham.
  3. Add just enough water to be visible (not quite covering) and turn to medium until it boils.
  4. Add caraway and stir.
  5. Turn it down to a simmer and cook until fairly soft.
  6. Taste and add salt, if necessary.
  7. You can serve with the liquid, or drain and add a pat of butter.

Miscellaneous pix

from ‎Martha Sherwood‎  on Facebook

I can’t comment directly on your House Capuchin posts, but the Trevelyan’s miscellany is interesting because it shows supernova 1572, the first supernova localized in the realm of fixed stars since Arab astronomers tracked SN 1006, as a signal event in history, and links it to the following hard winter.…/how-1604-supernova-presen…/ {People in 1606 were concerned about the predictive value of SN 1604. SN 1006 and SN 1054 were not visible in England.

How a 1604 Supernova Presented a Challenge to Astronomers – The supernova provided proof to Galileo, Kepler and others that the heavens were not fixed–although they were wrong about what caused the bright star.

MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett Cool! I’m going to have to copy/paste to put it on the House group, though. Is that ok?

Martha Sherwood Sure.Medieval and early modern people were very attached to the notion of the fixity of fixed stars, and the appearance of a new star was cause for great concern.Meteors were obviously an atmospheric phenomenon and comets behaved roughly like planets. One reason SN 1006 and 1054 were not of as much concern may have been, that although educated people knew the earth was a sphere, you could dismiss a celestial phenomenon as only affecting the people in whose sky it appeared.


Edward the First is fed up with the Scots not falling in line so he gathers his army and marches North and just as the vanguard of the army reaches the Scots Border, the road rises to pass through a pass and standing in the road is garishly clad Scott, who shouts down to the English Army ” Yer a bunch of pansies!!! Yer no fightin men, yer no match of good Scott fighin man!!! Send yer best, I’ll show ‘im who is strong!!!”

So Edward sends a young knight up to silence the noisy Scott, and the Knight, proud of his errand, lowers his lance, spurrs on his horse and charges up the road.

Just after he disappears from view there is the sound of a great crash, the horse nayying and banging and smashing then……silence.

Again the garishly clad Scott appears and shout down to the English Army ” Is tha’ the best ya gott? If it is, ya best turn around now and go back t’ yer mums!!! ”

Edward glowers at the Scott and send 10 English Knights up the road to put an end to the Scott.

Again, just as they go beyond the rise, there is the sound of bashing and smashing, horses calling and the screams of men then…..silence.

Edward. raises his hand and is about to command the Army forward when again the wild Scott appears and shouts ” They was worst than the rest!!! They no know how t’ fight!!!! Ya got t’ ha’ better than tha’ or ya best go home now!!!

Edward signals his house guard of 100 Knights strong true and battle tested to charge up the hill. Again they crest the hill and all that is heard is naying horse, screams, the crash of battle and then, as the sound of the battle dies down, one knight, his horse limping, the knight, armour smashed, bleeding, arms around the horse’s neck to keep from falling, a bent sword in his hand comes back down the road and calls out to his King

” Go Back Sire!!! Find another road, it is an ambush!!! There is TWO of them!!!!! ”



Loren, Anja, Amor (v), Sasha (v), Gudrun (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 = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 165 plus 2 puppets, 20 powder fort packets, 3 snip sheathes, 8 tiny bobs, 1 emery, 1 needlecase, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 2 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 18 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3994 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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Last updated 9/23/19