Monthly Archives: April 2016

An Evening in the Solar, May 2016

Our next A&S gathering is the third Thursday of the upcoming month, May 19th, 2016, in the Usual Place: 255 W. 105th St., #21, at 7pm.

NEEDLEWORK CLASS: Florentine Flame Stitch, before & beyond….Do you like to color? Learn how to color with needlepoint yarn and MAKE A THING! We will be creating small pin cushions.

Florentine Flame stitch
Florentine Flame stitch

All are welcome. No prior knowledge is required. Supplies will be provided. Class taught by Lady Godiva d’Mer.

We will also be working on Queen Avelina’s favors. As always, you are welcome to bring your own project to work on or for consultation & admiration. If you have the canton songbook, please bring it with you! We will exercise our voices as we ply our needles.

The menu will be a reprise of the tastiest items from the Anglo-Norman feast at our last Solar, namely the leeks, the rice pottage and the tiny tarts, with salad and bread. We have 2 bottles of wine left from our last gathering, so please hold off on wine for now!

Feast for Whyt Whey Solar, April 2016

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These redactions are by Eulalia Piebakere. I urge you to visit her original work at the above link. Below are excerpted the recipes I used for our Evening in the Solar, April 21st, 2016.

(prep order in parentheses)

(7) Bread — purchased

(6) Salat — field greens in vinaigrette

(4) Chyches: Legumes such as fava beans, chick peas, lentils, and peas were widely eaten by medieval people. This particular recipe is based on later recipes, but adjusted to reflect the spices reported as common in the above-referenced 12th century recipe collection (which were parsley, sage, pepper, garlic, mustard and coriander). For 8 people:
·      2 (standard sized) cans chick peas, drained and rinsed
·      2 T olive oil
·      2 cloves garlic, minced [I used 4 cloves of garlic]
·      Coriander and pepper (to taste); salt optional depending on beans
·      Optional: 1 ounce fresh parsley, minced [I used ~2 oz. parsley]
Toss together all ingredients and bake in a ceramic dish at 350° for 30-40 minutes.

(3) Makerouns: Contrary to popular belief, Marco Polo had nothing to do with pasta in Europe. Pasta recipes appear in some of the earliest medieval cookbooks and are typically based around cheese and often include sweet spices. This particular recipe combines elements of several later period (14th and 15th century) baked pasta dishes. For 8 servings (as a side dish — these are smallish servings):
·      8 oz dry pasta (wide egg noodles), cooked per package directions
·      2 ounces fresh salty cheese, such as Queso Fresco or Queso Blanco
·      1 tablespoon butter
·      2 teaspoons granulated sugar
·      1 teaspoon powder douce (sweet spices: a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove) [I used mace instead of cloves, 1 tsp. of each]
Mix cooked noodles with butter, cheese, and sugar/spices. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. Note: the amounts of cheese and butter are easily adjusted. Consider this a starting point.

(2) Pottage of Rice: Spiced rice dishes with almond milk appear to have come to Western Europe by way of the Islamic Near East as a result of the crusades. While not based on one specific recipe, such dishes can be found across medieval recipe collections originating from many time periods and places. For 8 servings:
·      1 cup (before cooking) short grained brown rice
·      2 cups thick almond milk
·      1 tablespoon sugar (or honey)
·      1 teaspoon powder douce
·      Salt to taste
Cook the rice (I use a rice cooker) fully, then combine with remaining ingredients and cook very gently, stirring often, until liquid is mostly absorbed. This second cooking works extremely well in a slow-cooker on low heat.

(5) A dish of lekes: Leeks were a very commonly consumed vegetable in period and would have been one of the few vegetables still available in late winter. To make 8 servings:
·      5 large leeks
·      4 T butter
·      Spices: coriander, cumin, pepper, and salt
Slice leeks in half, rinse thoroughly, cut into 1” slices and rinse again (leeks are quite sandy). Place slices in a baking dish with butter and spices. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until leeks are tender. Or:  Melt butter in a large pan, cook leeks on gentle heat for 15 minutes or until tender, stirring only often enough to prevent burning.

(1) Small Tarts: These small tarts were intended to make use of ingredients that would have been readily available (in storage) at this time of year.
·      1 ½ cups flour
·      1 stick butter
·      Pinch salt
·      2-4 tablespoons water
(This is a modern short-crust pastry; if you’re curious about how pastry was actually made in period, come to Kingdom A&S and talk to me about my research project!) Combine salt with flour and cut in butter with a pastry blending tool or two butter knives, then rub butter between fingers into flour until mixture resembles coarse sand. Add water a tablespoon at a time and stir gently until dough forms a ball.
·      2 cups dried fruit (mix of dates, raisins, prunes, etc.)
·      1 cup red wine
·      2 T candied ginger, finely minced
·      Powder douce and salt to taste
Mix spices with dried fruit and let soak several hours or overnight. Mix in candied ginger. Roll out crust and use it to line 8 muffin cups. Scoop filling into cups. Bake at 350° for ~30 min (until edges of crusts just start to brown).

Drinks: lemonade, wine, water.

Feast for Ostgardr Commons, April 2016

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These redactions are by Keith Mondschein, known in the SCA as Lord Aburga Chagatai. I urge you to visit the original page at the above link. Excerpted below are the recipes I used for the Ostgardr Commons feast, April 15th, 2016.

Bal-po Soup (This is the name of a Western Indian Food)
        It supplements the center, and brings down ch’i. It extends the diaphragm.
        Mutton (leg; bone and cut up), tsako cardamoms (five), chickpeas (half a sheng; pulverize and remove the skins), Chinese radish.
        Boil ingredients together and make a soup. Strain [broth. Cut up meat and Chinese radish and put aside]. Add to the soup [the] mutton cut up into sashuq [coin]-sized pieces, [the] cooked Chinese radish cut up into sashuq-sized pieces, 1 ch’ien of za’faran [saffron], 2 ch’ien of turmeric, 2 ch’ien of Black [“Iranian”] Pepper [27B], half a ch’ien of asafetida, coriander leaves. Evenly adjust flavors with a little salt. Eat over cooked aromatic non-glutinous rice. Add a little vinegar.
1 leg of lamb [I didn’t have a leg of lamb, so I used chunks of lamb stew meat, instead]
5 tsako cardamoms (KALUSTYAN’S!!)
2 cans chickpeas
1 Chinese radish (daikon?)
1 tsp saffron
2 tsp each turmeric and black pepper
½ tsp asafetida (kasni) (KALUSTYAN’S!!)
Coriander leaves (aka, cilantro)
Salt and rice wine vinegar to taste
        Place the leg of lamb, cardamoms, chickpeas, and radish in a large stockpot. Cover with enough water. Boil until aromatic. Remove lamb and radish, cut into bite sized pieces (radish should be smaller so as not to overpower the lamb). Return lamb and radish to pot, add seasonings, adjust flavor. This will be ready when it has the consistence of a thick stew. Serve in a large bowl over basmati rice and add a splash of rice wine vinegar for extra flavor.

Poppy Seed Buns
        White flour (five chin), cow’s milk (two sheng), liquid butter (one chin), poppy seeds (one liang. Slightly roasted)
        [For] ingredients use salt and a little soda and combine with the flour. Make the buns.
5 lbs All purpose flour [I used 2.5 cups]
1 qt milk [I used 1 pint]
1 cup liquid butter (ghee) [I used 1/2 cup]
5 Tbls poppy seeds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
        Combine dry ingredients, and add wet ingredients. Roll into balls and bake until golden brown.

2 cans chick peas, set aside liquid
½ cup lemon juice
6 oz. tehini (Telma brand is my favorite)
2 to 3 cloves of garlic (or more)
1 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Pita bread
        Chop garlic in food processor then add chick peas. Blend until chunky. Drizzle in olive oil, lemon juice and blend. Add tehini and blend until creamy. There should be small yet visible pieces of the chick peas. Add liquid from chick peas if the mix is too thick and season with salt and pepper to taste. Dip pita bread into mixture and enjoy. Or sprinkle a dash of hot sauce on first.

Cold Noodles in Sesame Paste
1 lbs Chinese noodles, but linguine works well
5 heaping table spoons well mixed sesame paste (tehini)
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon hot chili oil (or to taste) [omitted]
1-2 scallions
1-2 tablespoons sesame seeds.
        Boil pasta, drain, run cold water over pasta to cool it while in colander. Lightly toss it with some sesame oil to prevent sticking. Mix other ingredients and remainder of sesame oil, preferably in blender. It should be somewhat thick, but runny enough to coat the noodles. Mix in cold water if it is too thick. Pour sauce over noodles, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

Wire nålbinding workshop & canton commons meeting

This coming Thursday, April 21st, at 7:30pm, please join us for a wire nålbinding demonstration & workshop, taught by Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson. Supplies will be provided.

The class will be preceded by a commons meeting, at 7pm.  The agenda for the commons is choosing between our top two contenders for new canton arms. We will also discuss photos for the member directory, and the cover for the canton songbook. Our exchequer will have the latest news on our efforts to set up our own bank account. Consider whether you have any business you’d like to bring before the canton.

Favor kits for the Queen’s Favor will be available through the generosity of Vika Grigina z Prahy.

Dinner will be a selection of Anglo-Norman foods from this feast: namely, bread, salad of field greens in vinaigrette, chickpea casserole, baked sweet pasta, rice pottage, sautéed leeks, and dried fruit in wine tarts. We have a bit of red wine left from the tart filling; please bring more, and other drinks / desserts / foods as you wish (potluck is not required! your lovely self is more than enough recompense).

The meeting location is 255 W 105th St., #21. [Directions]