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Yes, I've begun another lj to cover the cooking/medieval aspects of my life - usually in the place where these two interests overlap. Does that make sense - probably not. Blame the heavy machinery that's at work somewhere in the currently being renovated building. Anyway additional lj is over at [profile] elysantskitchen.
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Friday - Dancing Cooks. This is medieval dance practice and a cooking competition. I made chicken in verjuice (the theme was chicken) and intended to make another dish, but didn't start it in time to get it cooked before the event - it needs to marinate for 2 hours. Cooked it when we got home. The chicken in verjuice was good, but the Moroccan chicken was absolutely yummy. I think I've found one of my dishes for the Al'hambra Nights Feast. Oh, and we did get some dancing done as well.

Saturday - after sleeping in, spent most of the afternoon sorting out a few details and making the mulled wine and cider for Soiree that evening.

Soiree was a good event. [livejournal.com profile] tatianiska provided wonderful food, as usual, and the event ran very smoothly. For those who don't know, Soiree is a performance event - somewhat like a bardic circle with a feast attached. Although it was a small event this year, there were enough people prepared to get up and perform once or twice or thrice to keep everyone entertained until quite late. Songs, stories and jokes - and a bit of dancing. So congratulations to the Stewards.

At the end of the night, there were prizes awarded for best song, best story and valiant attempt. The Baroness had also decided that the new Bard of Rowany would be chosen from the performers. For his sins, S got to be Bard! :)

And in a personal achievement, I actually managed to get up and sing by myself for the first part of the song Styvyn and I sang. I sing in choirs, I don't usually sing by myself. I get nervous and stuff up. I think I did ok this time, so whew!

Sunday was relatively quiet mainly involving work around the house seeing as it was still raining.
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Last year I ran an SCA event based on Moorish and Middle Eastern theme - well, the food and decorations were. It was fun and people seemed to like it, so I'm running it again on 6th September. Hopefully the weather will be a little warmer than it was in August last year, but I'm not sure the way this winter has been going.

There's an entry about the last one here and it includes a picture of the decorated hall'

I've been having a fun time redacting various recipes. Yet another hobby! The people that I've used a guinea pigs for the recipes don't seem to have minded, however.

I think that most of my flist that are likely to be able to make it already know about it, but if you didn't and you want to come - let me know and I'll send details.
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For those who don’t already know, [livejournal.com profile] tatianitska and I are cooking for the Newcomers’ Feast this year. After much discussion, we decided on the theme of ‘Angleterre to Outremer’ (basically England to the Middle East – Europe is nicely in the middle). After we’d decided the theme, the dishes actually fell into place quite nicely. Most of them have been at previous feasts run by one or the other of us, but there’ll be a few new ones. I’ve started testing them out already.

For those not familiar with the term: (source Wikipedia)
Outremer, French (outre-mer) for "overseas", was the general name given to the Crusader states established after the First Crusade: the County of Edessa, the Principality of Antioch, the County of Tripoli and especially the Kingdom of Jerusalem. The name was often used as an equivalent to Levant, Syria or Palestine, and incorporated areas that are today also part of Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon.


The term could also be used for any other land "overseas"; Louis IV of France was called "Louis d'Outremer" as he was raised in England.
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View of hall after decoration
Originally uploaded by elissande
Well, it was quite a weekend!

For those who may not know (I just realised that I didn't blog it) I ran a feast this weekend. The theme was moorish (hence the event name was Alhambra Nights) and I had a lot of fun researching some of the recipes. Unfortunately, due to 'the kitchen that ate my brain' I wasn't able to do a full redaction more than a couple of them.

Over the weeks previously, I'd tried to work out a way of making a suburban scout hall look vaguely exotic and reminiscent of the Alhambra. Lots of things I thought of were totally impractical, but I think the final result - while perhaps more reminiscent of the middles east, at least gave some of the flavour. See picture with this entry. I only took a couple of photos as I was busy in the kitchen.

Although tables were provided, I was hoping that those who could would so the sitting on the floor thing - and they did! I was really pleased with the atmosphere in the place. A pity that the actual temperature was a bit on the chilly side. And people seemed to like the food, which was also gratifying. And I have to thank [livejournal.com profile] tatianitska and Jane and later Anice for their wonderful help in the kitchen.

And I got an award! The Golden Staple. It was a surprise - as people who saw my face at the time must have realised. And it is nice to get acknowledgment of things that you've done. I think it's one of the things the SCA does well.

So - all in all a good evening and a good weekend. Spent Sunday being lazy - after we'd tidied and cleaned.

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