This message is from Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal.
I have had several questions about feasts in the past few weeks.
Bottomline – masks are required inside, at all times, by all participants (regardless of vaccination status) at events/practices/gatherings – if you
are in an area of high or substantial transmission. As of today, that is all of Æthelmearc. Not a single county in Æ is moderate or low in Covid transmission.
This means people cannot eat inside, and we cannot have feasts inside. If you are having feast outside (under the stars, in an open tent, under an open shelter), that’s fine – but – be mindful as that means that unvaccinated folks (including all kids under 12) have to eat away from others (or away with their families.)
My discussions with Duke Christopher in the past included how Covid-19 transmission has happened while people were eating – and that was pre-Delta, which is even more contagious than the previous strains. I have deep concerns about unvaccinated folks inside, unmasked, with other unvaccinated folks, for extended periods of time. Being together and eating for extended periods of time is pretty much the definition of a normal SCA feast.
I know, I don’t like it either. I deeply want to eat with my friends. This pandemic is terrible – but would be even worse than not having feast is my beloved Æ folks catching COVID and getting sick, passing it on to others, going to the hospital, or dying.
Please contact me or the Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Unto the Known World does the Barony of Thescorre send Greetings!
DO you miss playing in an SCA kitchen with other cooks? Are you sad you won’t be able to sit down to yet another famous College of Three Ravens feast prepared by the Cauldron Bleu Cooks Guild?
We, members of the Barony’s 43-year-old cooks guild, invite you to join us in celebrating our favorite past time; we cordially invite all who are interested in helping us prepare a virtual feast for this year’s C3R.
While we cannot have this event in person, we are provided with the perfect opportunity to have ALL OF YOU “in the kitchen” with us! We are currently choosing period recipes from our favorite places and times, with absolutely no respect given to any semblance of order or plan for a “menu” (this is still a pandemic folks – we can’t be THAT organized).
We have been redacting, cooking, and photographing or video recording our endeavors and sharing them with all of you throughout this month right up until the event on February 28. Our hope is to have quite a fun time learning redactions, techniques, and sharing in each others’ tables.
What we would like from you:
Join the Cook-Along-At-Home Feast page on Facebook. We invite you to choose your own items that you love or have always wanted to make, redact (or choose a redaction that you like, or work with someone you know to create the redacted recipe).
Post your medieval recipe(s), your redaction(s), your process, your photos, videos, etc. Whatever you would like to share with everyone. MISTAKES ARE WELCOME. Please share as you go through the process and PLEASE do not leave out what didn’t work. We are here to learn, to enjoy cooking, and to share with those we love. No one is perfect and food can be pretty, but let’s hear about all of it – the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are no parameters except that you choose an item that interests you and that you work safely (please do not break any rules handed down from the BOD about social distance, etc. This is meant to be done safely in your own space, not as a get- together.)
You are welcome (and encouraged) to safely drop off test batches or extra surplus foods created to your neighbors and local friends, whether SCA or not.
Let’s have some fun! This is open to the entire Known World, so feel free to share far and wide – If you cannot share, but would still like to participate, please email the info to our webminister and she will update for you: webminister AT thescorre DOT org. Just let her know your name and any info you’d like in the post so she can properly credit.
So far, we have honey-glazed carrots and Boxing Day coffins, among other dishes. Thank you to everyone who is cooking along at home with us!
This winter, join the Barony of Thescorre at our annual schola as we move our festivities to a virtual space for the year’s C3R…. The COVID Corvid College of Three Ravens!
We are gathering together on Saturday, February 27, 2021 and using Zoom, Facebook, and our Barony Website to organize and run the event! While we are still physically distanced from one another, this is an opportunity to join in classes, A&S, workshops, bardic activties, feasting, and court from the safety of our homes.
This year, we are celebrating all that we love about the SCA and we have the unique opportunity to share that love with any and all who want to participate. We hope that this virtual format will allow gentles from Æthelmearc and the Knowne World entire to join in our fun as we work to learn together and come together in the safest ways possible.
You must complete the Google forms appropriate (listed below) to get the Zoom log-in information.
To register to attend the event and access the ZOOM Rooms, please fill out this form.
To register to teach a class for C3R, please fill out this form.
To submit an entry for A&S or Largess, please full out this form.
(Entries can be traditional SCA projects OR can be projects you have worked on during the pandemic to help your neighbors using your SCA skills, such as mask making, cooking for neighbors, etc.)
To perform during our feast (singing, playing instruments, or storytelling to name a few things), please contact Torbjorn.
We look forward to seeing everyone in this digital platform this winter when we come together for this year’s COVID Corvid College of Three Ravens!
The Barony of Delftwood invites you to our Virtual Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins on February 20th beginning at 9:30 AM!
The Main Room will be a virtual Troll where you can get help with Zoom and put your name in the hat for door prizes (yes, everything is free)!
Three breakout rooms will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM for a variety of activities:
A Fencing room with classes and roundtables, including: -Intro to Fabris and Italian Rapier with Don Brendan Firebow of the East Kingdom -Providing the Unexpected: the use of untraditional parry items, misdirection, and other mind games on the listfield, a roundtable led by Master Po Silvertop -Solo Training Schola hosted by Aethelmearc Defense Academy -An Introduction to Japanese Swordsmanship in SCA Rapier with Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede -And more!!
An A&S room with: -Classes on Roman Cosmetics with Alexis of Drachenwald -A Cook Along with Lady Keara Caitlin MacLeod -A Virtual Feast with Their Excellencies Baron Ixac ben Simone and Baroness Amalie Reinhardt (yes, the site is wet!) -An A&S Show & Tell led by Lady Glenna Cholmondeley – You can enter ahead of time and we’ll post your work, or bring it the day of and tell us all about it, no documentation required! Details here: http://delftwood.org/events/seven-deadly-sins-2021/7-deadlies-as-demo/ -A Fashion Show with Lord Justin Lymner, with fun largesse prizes! -And more!!
And a Room of Sloth for open-ended socializing and hanging out!
Baronial Court will be held at 4 PM, with a Bardic led by our Baronial Bardic Champion Lady Ania Mhoireach to finish out the evening.
Sent to us by Mistress Illadore from her 2019 Gulf Wars meal plan for the Æthelmearc encampment.
Viva la France! Let us eat like Queens!
A historical review of French Cookbooks and French Queens
History lessons on French Queens, based on French cooking manuscripts available at the time. Let us eat like queens.
Monday – Joan I of Navarre. She was the Queen Consort to Philip IV of France, who was emotionally dependent on her. Mother of the She-Wolf of France (Isabella, Queen of England) and the last Capet King, whose death started the 100 Years War. She had her first child at 15, raised and led an army at 24, and died at 32.
Period Manuscript: Enseignements qui enseingnent a apareillier toutes manieres de viands. Early French cookery book from 1300, well used as it’s covered in food stains. Considered to be the oldest cookbook in France. Cooks comments – this cookbook is almost entirely nothing but meat. I had to use other non-French recipe books to help fill out the menu.
Here’s a recipe from Monday:
Grilled Pork Chops with Green Garlic and Onion Gravy
Original translation found here (c) 2005 Daniel Myers, MedievalCookery.com, Lines 13-18
4 pork chops
8 cloves of garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp ground pepper (or to preference)
1/2 tsp grains of paradise (or to preference)
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
corn starchGrill pork chops. While the pork chops are grilling, add the garlic, onion, together in a pot and fry in olive oil until slight brown. Add spices to the pot and then add enough water to make it a bit wet. Make a cornstarch slurry and use to thicken until it because more of a sauce. Serve with the pork chops.Discussion: The recipe calls for pork loin but pork chops are cheaper and easier to cook in the woods on a grill. Cornstarch is not period; however, we had gluten-free folks for dinner so compromises were made. The grains of paradise are not required. You could try other spices like ginger or long pepper. This sauce was very well received by the diners.
The following was posted to Facebook from Lady Kattera Doplerin, reproduced here by her kind permission. Lady Kattera is the Head Cook for the Æthelmearc Grand Tournament this Saturday, Feb 2nd, 2019, in the Debatable Lands (indoors), which includes 3 rattan tourneys, 3 rapier tourneys, an A&S competition for all ages, and a Youth Quest. And of course, the food:
A Self- Indulgent Ramble on Menu Planning
As I was planning my menu for Æthelmearc Grand Tournament I asked myself, “Self, what do fighters like?” The things that sprung most strongly to mind were Meat (and other proteins), Pickles, and Things To Be Eaten With One Hand. So the first thing I did was make 25lb of homemade pickles and start building the meal from there.
Ok, so we have the pickles. What other things are salty little electrolyte bombs? Olives, definitely. Dolmas, sure those are good. And I have to make sure that our meat-free fighters get plenty of protein, and crispy chickpeas will certainly do that. Olives, dolmas, chickpeas. Guess we’re going with a Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern palette then.
So, how do we pack all these electrolytes and proteins into a package that can be eaten out of one hand on the way to or from the lists? Meat on a stick is a classic, but honestly I didn’t want to spend hours of prep shoving skewers through chicken parts, so no meat on a stick. Burritos are the perfect food for many reasons, portability being one of them, but not exactly on-theme for this.
*Every* culture has some version of stuff stuffed into other stuff, with the first stuff being flavorful and the second stuff being carb-y. So stacks and stacks of pita/naan/cicina/ whatever I can get (ed. note: including gluten free options).
Meats go on flatbread, other stuff goes on flatbread, flatbread goes in face.
The drums of war call all warriors to join the Barony of Thescorre as we prepare for battle at our annual Pax Interruptus camping event.
Join us as we celebrate the investituture of our 9th Baroness and Baron, Lady Dubheasa inghean Dubgaill and Lord Eldjarn the Thoughtful, by their Sylan Majesties, July 6 to 8, 2018, at Genesee Country Campground, 40 Flint Hill Rd., Caledonia, NY 14423. The site opens at 3 pm Friday and closes at noon on Sunday.
We will have both heavy weapons and fencing melees, archery, and thrown weapons during Saturday to show the martial prowess of our Kingdom as we get ready for War. A revelry of song and storytelling at night will complete the celebrations. In addition, on Friday, a torchlight tourney will be held at dusk.
Day visitors are encouraged to bring pavilions for shade. Merchants are welcome at no additional charge, but must bring their own setup.
Open flames are also allowed, and fires can be built in the designated areas of the campground. Please be advised that fires are permitted only within existing fire rings. This site is discreetly damp.
The field and camping area do not have water; pleaseplan to bring enough water to meet your needs.
Dogs are permitted on leash with proof of license and vaccinations, to be presented upon check in, and must be cleaned up after. Trash must be disposed of in the dumpster by the camp store before leaving site; bins for recycling are also available. The camp store carries some groceries, ice, and wood. It is located in the same building as the flush toilets and showers.
A light sideboard lunch will be provided by proficient hands of Robert of Thescorre and Lady Fauna. Lunch is limited to 100 gentles and is PRE-REGISTER ONLY, so please pre-register soon to reserve your lunch.
The menu is a Roman travelers repast:
Antipasti (with cheese, dried dates and apricots, raisins and olives)
Homemade Lucanicae smoked sausages
Bread, both gluten filled and gluten free
Ingredients lists available soon. (Menu and Ingredients are subject to change do to price and availability at time of purchase).
There will be no feast at night. Please plan accordingly. Please alert the head cook, Robert of Thescorre of any allergies or food restrictions.
Adult Event Registration is $15
Adult Member Discount Event Registration is $10
Youth 6-17 Event Registration is $5
Children 5 and younger are free.
Lunch will be available for an additional $4, but you must register in advance.
Pre-registration for this event is encouraged; please make checks payable to SCA-NY Inc., Barony of Thescorre and send to: Andrew Patton, 512 Plank Rd Webster NY 14580.
Camping is available both Friday and Saturday nights. We will have space for tents with ample port-a-castles scattered throughout, as well as room for RV camping with hookups. The site offers a limited number of cabins up by the camp store, within an easy walk of full bathroom facilities. RV camping and cabins are additional, both to be reserved with the site 1-585-538-4200, or http://www. geneseecountrycampground.com/
For any questions for the event, please contact the autocrat, Lord Andrew of Thescorre (Andrew Patton), 585-747-6915 (no calls after 9 pm).
Thescorre’s College of Three Ravens has gotten a facelift for 2018! The Barony’s staple schola event (over 30 years old, formerly UWEKAT and UAKAT) will be held at a new location next month: St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Hilton, NY, just half an hour from downtown Rochester. The site includes a gymnasium for fencing and heavy weapons classes and sparring.
February 24th will see more classes and activities than the event has had in years. Classes on many topics will be filling the nine classrooms and dedicated scriptorium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (See current class list below.)
Sinks, Gym, and No Stairs!
The school just completed renovations this past summer and now all classrooms have ceiling-mounted projection systems. There is also a sink in each room. Previously, there were two larger classrooms. The renovations saw one room permanently split, resulting in an extra room which gives us private space for holding a third vigil. The remaining larger classroom will be dedicated to dance or other subjects requiring a little extra floor space.
What does the new facility lack? Stairs!!
The gym, a respectable-sized main hall, classrooms, scriptorium, and three vigil rooms are all on one level for complete ease of access. The Royalty room is even conveniently placed across the hall from the scribal room.
The school includes three sets of restrooms spaced throughout the T-shaped site, with two sets offering diaper changing stations. The third set alongside the gym is adjacent to a pair of small, locker/changing rooms equipped with two adult-height shower stalls each. One shower in each Lords’ & Ladies’ conveniently has a fold-down shower seat and wand shower head.
Off-street parking is extensive, boasting four separate parking lots totaling approximately 200+ spaces. SCA attendees will be using the larger west lot that fits 98 cars, as well as two other parking areas reserved for the convenience of event staff, vigil coordinators, and Royalty. That still leave us with some overflow in the more distant areas of the parishioners lot, should it be absolutely necessary.
The main hall features 18 tables of eight, and its own exterior entrance apart from the one leading directly into the adjoining kitchen. Our lunch and feast cooks, Lady Ragna Feilan and Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa, have been raving about the kitchen space just from seeing photos and are eager to fill many bellies with their delicious-sounding planned meals.
Outside the main hall are large windows letting in sunlight near benches where gentles may sit and chat. There is even room for several merchants should anyone wish to set up a table to display their wares. There are one or two already signed up; contact the Autocrat if interested.
Unfortunately for us, the church holds a small Saturday service in their 400-seat nave/chancel, which conflicts with our traditional Court time. However, the spacious gym with its movable bleachers will be ample room for our pageantry! The gym is also at the opposite end of the site, so SCAdians and parishioners will not disrupt each other. I’ve no idea what spectacle may be planned for the elevation of Gillian Llwelyn to the Laurel and elevations of Nest Verch Rys and Rioghnach ní Rose to the Pelican, but such will doubtless be a delight to witness.
A well-attended C3R calligraphy class taught by Mistress Matilda in 2015.
It would be neglectful of me to fail to mention the sprawling outdoor athletic fields, though snow-covered in February, are capable of simultaneously accommodating all martial activities including target archery at future events in warmer seasons.
The site administrators have been exceedingly friendly and interested in our medieval activities. Let us hope we can build a mutually respectful relationship with the school and continue to have access to the site for years to come!
Please consider braving the wintry temperatures and roads to come make this College of Three Ravens an extraordinarily enjoyable day of learning, socializing, eating, and plain chivalrous fun.
Current Class List
Gilding for Novices– Abigail Kelhoge
Blackwork, Beyond the Basics– Moniczka Poznanska
Beginning Embroidery– Moniczka Poznanska
Do They Get This at the Thingvallir?- Humor in the Sagas– Baron Fridrikr Tomasson
MeÃ° jÃ¡kvÃ¦Ã°i hennar sjÃ¡lfrar: Change in Icelandic Marriage Law as reflected in Njals Saga and LaxdÃ¦la Saga– Baron Fridrikr Tomasson
Whitework 101: It’s Not as Scary as You Think– Felice de Thornton
Chainmaille for Beginners– Amalie Reinhardt
Symbolism of Flowers in Squashed Bug Manuscripts– Eleanore Godwin
The Single Heraldic Supporter, Décor, and Design– Baron Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndrvdwy
The Truth about Boleyn Green– Renata Rouge
On Being a Chatelaine– THL Maeve Ni Siurtain
Beginning Dance for Children– THL Maeve Ni Siurtain
Beginning Dance– THL Maeve Ni Siurtain
Making a Personal Body Block for Custom Patterns– Abigail Kelhoge
Cut and thrust road show, part 1, 2, and 3– Raev Halle
Winning Documentation for Scribal Entries– Mistress Alicia Langland
Kokki-fukurei: How Not to Embarrass Yourself in Medieval Japan– Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir
Sweet Scents: Making scented hand waters and perfumes– Mistress Francesca della Rovere and Lady Elisabeta da Venezia
Happy Feasting! or How to get the most from your feast experience– Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf
Strength, Flexibility and Balance: the 3 pillars of injury prevention– Irene von Schmetterling
Modern Tricks and Old tactics in Fencing– THL Gytha Oggsdottir
Talking with Your Hands– THL Gytha Oggsdottir
Putting “authenticity” in Re-created Clothing: The art of conspicuous consumption in the 15th and 16th centuries– Maistresse Marguerite d’Honfleur
The class list is still growing, but slots are filling fast. Contact Lady Nicole du Marais about teaching!
A schedule should be posted within a few weeks.
Rather than having a couple of marshals working all day, it is our hope to have numerous warranted marshals help for just an hour or two each, thus enabling everyone to participate in classes or fighting as they wish. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Sir Dominic McMorland (Micah Nelson) to assist with fighting or Baron Eric De LaBarre (Eric France) to assist with fencing.
Lunch and Feast Menus (subject to change)
Lunch, inspired by Nordic sources:
Viking barley cakes made fresh & hot to order
Fresh raw vegetables
Bread with butters and/or soft cheese
Meat pasties (will be chicken or pork, some veg and gluten-free will be available to those who ask)
Meat soup (likely lamb)
Apples or other fresh fruit
Hot and cold beverage
Dinner, inspired by 16th century French:
Bread & butters
Fresh grapes or other fruit
Grape juice or other beverage
Chicken bread pudding/strata (roast parts on side for GF)
Pax Interruptus 41 is in one week!
What will you be eating there?
Glad you asked…
A talented group of head cooks who have not yet cooked a lunch (or a lunch in Thescorre) have planned a delicious menu of portable period items, under Mistress Bryn’s menu guidance and Baroness Katja’s logistical cat-herding.
Each cook has been responsible for choosing and cooking one or more of the recipes. Please welcome Duchess Branwyn ferch Gwythyr, Lady Cairistiona Symon, Lady Dubheasa inghean Dubgaill, Lord Eldjarn the Thoughtful, Lady Khalekin Erbekei (Talia of Thescorre), and Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa.
Lunch is preregister only and limited to 100 gentles.
When you bring your preregistered lunch stub to the kitchen popup on the field, you will NOT need to hunt for or find your feast gear beforehand — you only need to bring your drinking vessel.
You will receive a plastic spoon and hot cup filled with:
Lentil soup (generous ladles of bacon bits will be added for those who are not vegetarian)
You will also receive a tied cloth napkin filled with various items in individual ziplok bags or wrapped in aluminum foil:
Fresh seasonal fruit & dried fruit (most likely grapes and dates)
Herb- & Garlic-Marinated Chicken Kabobs on Skewers
Fried Parmesan Zucchini Spears
Caraway & Pepper Cucumbers
Butter Cookies with Currants
There will also be a large drink dispenser filled with iced water; you can add your choices of:
Do you like to cook? Are you a new cook? An experienced one? Do you just like to help in kitchens?
Æthelmearc’s Cooks Collegium this weekend (June 24, 2017) has something for all of you!
If creating modern, workable recipes from period texts is baffling, Mistress Rowan de la Garnison will guide you through Basic Redacting.
For first-time head cooks who want to learn the whole process of planning a meal and running a kitchen — or experienced cooks who want a refresher or learn another cook’s methods — Master Jamal Damien Marcus is teaching The Feast – Kitchen management to Clean Up.
Those who want to focus on keeping their feasts and lunches on budget will want to go to Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir’s class on How to Make a Period Dayboard for $2. Afterward, check out the roundtable discussion Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina is leading on Saving Feast Costs.
Need to improve some cooking or baking skills? Mistress Rowan will show you how to make and roll out Pie Crust! Lady Ragna Feilan walks you through Cleaning and Cooking with Cast Iron 101. Lord Bovvi will teach you How to Clean Fish. And if you’re interested in Cheesemaking, wander outside so Master Gille MacDhnouill can show you how to make a simple soft cheese over the firepit.
Speaking of outside…Master Gille is running an Open Fire Cooking throughout the morning for anyone who wants to play with the fire and cooking equipment available. Master Mezaros Janos is making the Medieval Food Lab available all day to teach live fire skills (including maintaining a stable temperature). There are also plans to cook various dishes, starting with simple pottages, baking, and possibly some roasting.
Inside, hands-on cooking classes include Baroness Oddkatla’s Introduction to Medieval Spanish Cooking, where you’ll make macrones, figs in the French manner, and roasted almond-stuffed dates, and Mistress Mathilde des Pyrenees demonstration on making Sambocade: An Early Cheesecake.
And if you haven’t taken Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf’s always-popular incredibly delicious Dim Sum class… go, don’t question it, just go!
Are you a bread baker? Lady Ragna will lead you on A Journey into Viking Bread, while Lady Katerin Starcke will show you how to make Bread From Beer.
We didn’t forget about the brewers; Wentliana Verch Meuric and Meuric ap Gwillim will explain how Soda Pop Is Period or the Basics of Fermentation.
If you’re trying to figure out what books to add to your personal library, Mistress Alicia Langland has organized a cookbook and food resource library for you to peruse. The books will not leave the library area, but gentles are welcome to use the copier/scanner or snap photos of pages.
Mistress Alicia is also leading a roundtable discussion on Medieval Gardens for those who like to grow food as much as cook it!
By the way, both lunch and dinner are included in your event registration and all of the food cooked in the morning’s classes will be served for lunch. Yes, everything cooked in the afternoon classes will be served for dinner. Don’t worry — there will be a break to eat, so you won’t miss any classes.