Next in our series of interviews with SCA merchants from Æthelmearc is THL Moniczka Elzbietka Poznanska from the Barony of Delftwood.
What’s the name of your shop? Snoods by Moniczka
How long have you been in business (online or at events)? Around 30 years.
What website do you use? What do you like/dislike about selling through that venue? I have a Facebook page, but right now that’s it. Mostly I use it to advertise where I’ll be selling. I have gotten a few orders off the page.
What kinds of goods are you selling? Snoods, bun covers, pony tail covers.
What are your most popular products? Snoods.
Are you also the artisan as well as the seller? Yes.
Do any other artisans sell through your shop? I routinely carry leather barrettes that my husband, Henry Bogus, makes. He is on Facebook under that name, but the soap business is called Happy Pollack Soaps. I also sell veils made by Fenris McGill, also on Facebook, her business is Sun, Moon & Starflowers.
Do you offer any kinds of discounts or special offers? If so, what? When people buy more than one item, I tend to give them a certain amount off. I also have a discount basket with items that have been on my table too long.
How has business been since the pandemic, and has the pandemic made it harder or easier to make items to sell? Business has pretty much stopped during the pandemic. Snoods are something that need to be seen, maybe tried on.
Is there anything else you’d like prospective customers to know? I’m still here.
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Our next merchant in our SCA Shop Talk series is THLord Justin Lymner of the Barony of Delftwood.
What’s the name of your shop? Good, clean, soaps & crafts
How long have you been in business (online or at events)? About 15 years.
What website do you use? Mostly word of mouth, interest when I post pictures on my Facebook page. I like in person sales … sigh
What kinds of goods are you selling? Soaps – glycerin, cold process and liquid, lip balms, and chain mail jewelry. I started with melt and pour glycerin soaps, very easy and already soap so no need to work with lye. Since it almost transparent you can play with light!
I have branched out to cold process as I like having total control of my ingredients and as it has more working time, than glycerin, you can do interesting swirls. Liquid soap is great as I make a large batch and scent as I go. Lip balms came about as I did not like the ones available, and had the raw materials from soap making. A friend gave me some jump rings to try chain maille; I found I was good at it and I loved it!
What are your most popular products? Lip balms, my own formula, and chain mail bracelets.
Are you also the artisan as well as the seller? I like to think my creations are art. I do a lot of different periods of garb. I have said my persona is clothes horse.
Do you offer any kinds of discounts or special offers? If so, what? Not usually… I try for affordable luxury. sometimes I have bartered on a case by case basis.
How has business been since the pandemic, and has the pandemic made it harder or easier to make items to sell? It is different as no craft shows or events income, however less overhead as no entrance fees or gas. I have more time to craft. Alas, I usually do a lot of teaching in person, which of course has not been happening except for a few virtual classes. I was the glycerin soap presenter for a virtual soap making conference which drew people from across the nation!
Is there anything else you’d like prospective customers to know? My business philosophy is that everyone deserves to be spoiled a bit. I try not to over-scent/flavor my products as this is another reason I started making my own.
Are you an SCA merchant from Æthelmearc? If you would like to be featured in a future SCA Shop Talk post, please email us at email@example.com.
Report of the Court of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle, held on August 31, AS 54 (2019) at Shoote in the Wyldwoode and Seven Pearls Event in the Barony of Delftwood. Submitted by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, assisted by Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir, Silver Sycamore Herald.
Their Majesties invited the assembled Landed Barons and Baronesses to join them.
The Barons and Baronesses recognize the Seven Pearls winners. Photos by Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Cornelia of Harford was invited into court. Her Majesty spoke of how this young lady has gained a reputation in the kitchens of the Realm for her work as sous chef, redaction of recipes, tasty macaroons and other edible delights. She has also served as Kingdom Youth A&S Champion. For all this she was inducted into the Order of the Silver Sycamore.
Next, Their Majesties did call for Timothy of Arindale the Younger to take the Kingdom toybox out of court. When he was of sufficient distance, Their Majesties did unleash the children of the realm to go forth and find him.
Timothy the Younger prepares to run with the toy chest. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Their Excellencies, Ixac and Amalie of Delftwood were then given leave to hold their court.
Baron Ixac and Baroness Amalie hold baronial court. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Upon resuming Their Court, Their Majesties invited all those for whom this was their first event or royal court. They presented those that came forward with tokens of welcoming.
The Canine Subjects of Æthelmearc were then called forth. Her Majesty said that They took great delight in events that welcomed dogs and it made Their Hearts soar to see so many present. Their Majesties then named Baby Belle, Daisy, Elmo, Ezri, Jupiter, Snori and Sierra as newest members of the Sylvan Pack of Æthelmearc.
Dogs of the Sylvan Pack. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
For his service as thrown weapons marshal, archery MIT, two time Champion of Thescorre, Their Majesties did present Torbjorn Sigurdson with an Award of Arms. Scroll by Captain Gwen Cooke.
Torbjorn receives an AoA. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Their Majesties then asked Vedis Aradottir to come before them. She has served as archer, calligrapher and maker of medallions. For this and more she was Awarded Arms. Illumination by Lady Elspeth of Wurmwald. Calligraphy by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Vedis receives an AoA. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Dalibor Vilcekovsyn was summoned into the court. Their Majesties observed that he has become well known for his skills on the Thrown Weapons range and with his spear upon the melee field. For this They Awarded him Arms. Scroll illuminated by THL Sasson de Saneta Vitoria, calligraphed by Lady Aurelia Argentia Prima.
Dalibor receives an AoA. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Next Miruska Lyubomyr was called into the Royal Presence. Her skills upon the Archery range was remarked upon and Their Majesties were moved to name her to the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll illuminated by Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure, calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Lady Miruska receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Their Majesties then requested the presence of the fencing champion of St. Swithins Bog, Lord Jean Phillippe Dit Barbe Rousse. Their Majesties saw his display of prowess in the tournament held earlier in the day and have heard that he teaches new fighters. For this they did induct him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Jean Phillipe receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Their Majesties then spoke of how they were very impressed with the rapier skills displayed by Agnar Ulfjolterson. They called for him and did name him to the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll Illuminated by Her Majesty Juliana Delamare, calligraphed by THL Rachel Dalicieux.
Agnar receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, aka Jinx.
Dame Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina was asked to come into court. Before she could kneel, His Majesty asked that she remain standing. He then addressed the assembled court and remarked on how she always appears to have stepped out of a painting. Her attention to detail of her garb and appearance should be rewarded and thus named her the second inductee into the Order of Merit for Non-Martial Authenticity, (the proposed Order of the Golden Mirror).
Dame Katja is inducted into the new Order of the Golden Mirror. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe.
Her Majesty then asked for Taddeus of the Rhydderich Hael to come before her. His skill with the crossbow did move her this day and she presented him with a Golden Escarbuncle and named him Her Inspiration. Their Majesties were further moved and did Award him Arms. Scroll forth coming.
Taddeus receives a Golden Escarbuncle and an AoA. Photo by Lady Mary Christine Lowe, called Jinx.
Their Highnesses, Timothy and Gabrielle, asked for time to address the assembled court. His Highness said that they approved of the call by Their Excellencies Delftwood to praise inspirational acts and excellence that people see others do. He then spoke of Their Majesties, who have traveled the length and breadth of the Kingdom, despite that His Majesty’s mundane obligations require him to work early Sunday mornings. Their Highnesses then presented Their Majesties tokens signifying the inspiration found in Them.
Their Highnesses address the populace and Their Majesties. Photo by Jinx.
His Majesty then thanked all who attended the event, all seven Baronies who came with Champions to compete in the Seven Pearls competitions and how they were but a small example of the might of the Escarbuncle. This devotion to Kingdom and Society inspires moves him each and every time he sees it, not just on the fields of battle.
There being no further business, the Court of Their Majestes, Gareth and Juliana, was closed.
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Anna Leigh, Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of The Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins, February 9th, Anno Societatis LIII, in the Barony of Delftwood. As recorded by Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with assistance from Lord Salvadore de la Torres.
In the morning…
Her Majesty gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold their final baronial court.
Her Majesty then called for Marcus and Desiderata, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood, and upon thanking them for their years of service to Delftwood did divest them of their baronial coronets. Her Majesty then called for THL Amalie Reinhardt and Lord Ixac Ben Simone, and after hearing words from the seneschal of Delftwood that a proper election had occurred and that it was the will of the populace that Amalie and Ixac serve as the next Baroness and Baron of Delftwood, did receive the oath of fealty from Amalie and Ixac and did invest them as the 12th baroness and baron of Delftwood.
Amalie Reinhardt and Ixac Ben Simone, Photo by – JJ Art and Photography
Her Majesty then gave leave to the Amalie and Ixac to hold their court.
Following baronial court, Her Majesty called for Dame Desiderata Drake and THL Marcus Claudius Cincinnatus. Again acknowledging and thanking them for their years of service to Delftwood did present each of them with a cornet and named them as a baroness and baron of the court. Scroll for Desiderata by Helene von Mutzenhausen, scroll for Marcus by Shirin al-Sussiyya.
Desiderata Drake and Marcus Claudius Cincinnatus Photo by – JJ Art and Photography
Her Majesty then called for Harpalea of Delftwood and Archiao of Delftwood and presented them with their AOA scrolls that were previously awarded by Her predecessors.
Next, Her Majesty received THL Elyse le Bref along with the Order of the Pelican and did send Elyse off to vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Pelican.
Court was suspended.
In the evening…
Her Majesty gave leave to the Baroness and Baron of Delftwood to hold their court.
Her Majesty then received all children and sent them off to select an item from the toy chest. She then received all newcomers for whom this was their first event or first court, and did present them each with a gift.
Next Lady Gina Dragoni was called before the throne and was created a Baroness of the Court for her support of Her Majesty and for the endless amount of largess she has provided. Scroll by Gulsah al-Zakiyya.
Baron Ixac Ben Simone was then granted arms by Her Majesty for his new role as Baron of Delftwood.
Her Majesty then saw Lord Jasper Longshanks and Lady Felice de Thornton and received gifts of largess by their hands. Wishing to thank them for all they have done in providing largess throughout Her Majesty’s reign did create them a baron and baroness of the court.
Lord Jasper Longshanks and Lady Felice de Thornton – Photo by Rob Westfall
Her Majesty then called for Kettlingr and did award her arms for her years of service and participation in the Society. Scroll by Ekaterina Volkova.
Next, Her Majesty called for Moniczka Poznanska and acknowledging her skills in the fiber arts, embroidery, and her contributions to largess, did create her a companion of the Fleur d’Ӕthelmearc. Scroll by Lady Umm Samin bint Asad al-Isfahaniyya.
Moniczka Poznanska – Photo by Robwestfall
Miruska Lyubomy was then awarded arms for her skill in archery and thrown weapons. Scroll by Aurelia Argenta Prima.
Harikr, of the Shire of Blackwater, was next awarded arms. Scroll by Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhinaigh and Mistress Jenna MacPherson.
Draco Wolfheart was then called before Her Majesty and presented with a Golden Escarbuncle.
Mor, of the Shire of Blackwater, was then awarded arms. Scroll by Scroll by Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhinaigh and Mistress Jenna MacPherson.
Her Majesty then called for THL Minamoto Kumamoto Sakurako and did induct her into the Order of the Keystone for her service to her barony and for her contributions of scrolls and other gifts to the kingdom. Scroll by Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd.
THL Minamoto Kumamoto Sakurako – Photo by Rob Westfall
Lady Glenna Cholmondeley of Delftwood was next inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her teaching and her skill with sprang and spinning. Scroll by Eleanor of Godwin.
Lady Glenna Cholmondeley – Photo by Rob Westfall
Ilaria of Delftwood was then summoned by Her Majesty and inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her creation of period garb and accessories. Scroll by Sebastienne la Rousse.
Her Majesty then called for Lord Robert Ferness and for his skill in the creation of period shoe-making did induct him into the Order of the Fleur d’Ӕthelmearc. Scroll by Caleb Reynolds.
THL Elyse le Bref next appeared before the throne, having sat vigil that day contemplating elevation to the Order of the Pelican. Answering in the affirmative that it was her desire to join the Order, Her Majesty then heard testimony of Elyse’s worthiness. Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode told of her first encounter with Elyse and how she continues to be impressed by her courtesy and industry and sharing her love and heart with others. Duke Timothy of Arindale told of how Elyse embodies all that is best of the Society. Mistress Antoinette de la Croix described Elyse as having the heart of a servant. Lord Leonardo Capriolo told of how Elyse creates a realm of love and welcome for others, and Baroness Orianna Fridrikskona sent words describing the courageousness of Elyse. Having been satisfied by this testimony of the peers and populace of the realm, Her Majesty called for the cap, hat, and medallions to mark Elyse with her new station as a member of the Order of the Pelican and received her oath as a peer of the realm. Scroll by THL Vivienne of Yardley.
THL Elyse le Bref – Photo by Rob Westfall
Lastly, Her Majesty named Lady Marguerite de Neufchasteau as Her inspiration for the day.
Being no further business, this court was then closed.
From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of AEthelmearc, as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald with the assistance of THLady Sophie Davenport, Silver Buccle Herald at Shoot in the Wildwood in the Barony of Delftwood on September 2, Anno Societatis LII.
In the morning:
Their Majesties called Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus before Them. They asked him if he was ready to sit vigil this day and receive the council of the Order of the Laurel. With his agreement, Their Majesties called forth the Most Noble Order of the Laurel to take him to a place made ready for him to sit in contemplation of elevation to the peerage.
In the afternoon:
Their Majesties called forth Helen Hillson. Their Majesties advised that Helen had served well and faithfully as a member of the Queens Guard completing the quest set before her by Sir Murdoch at Pennsic. Seeing her enthusiasm as contagious to all around her, They felt it was right and just to induct her into the Order of the Silver Buccle. The scroll is a work of Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Their Majesties called forth rest of the children present. Stating how they had grown too swift and wise about catching the runner, Their Majesties had determined to change the game. Benjamin of Arindale was called forth and advised to hide the chest, whereupon the children would need to find it to retrieve a toy. Benjamin did run from the court and snuck back in to lay the chest once again at Their Majesties feet where it was set upon by the children.
Their Majesties gave Their Excellencies, Marcus and Desiderata leave to hold court for the Barony of Delftwood.
At the conclusion of the baronial court, Their Majesties called Lady Elisabetta de Venetia before Them. Their Majesties spoke of how her joy and enthusiasm for every aspect of the society is unbound. They advised that for her kindness, courtesy and friendliness it would be hard to locate a more deserving member of the society and so did name her Jewel of AEthelmearc. The scroll was created by the hands of Mistress Juliana Rosalia Dolce de Siena and THLord Padraig O’Branduibh.
Their Majesties called THLady Clarissa and Lord Kenneth to attend Them. Her Ladyship Clarissa and Lord Kenneth thanked Their Majesties for Their patronage of the arts.
Their Majesties invited before Them Mistress Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir and and THLady Elska á Fjárfelli. Mistress Mistress Sǫlveig invited THLady Elska to join Domus Minervæ, which is a confraternity of scholars dedicated to research, teaching, and publication.
Their Majesties called forth Elizabeth the Nameless. For her service in setting up and tearing down for events in the Barony and her willingness to provide Their Excellencies with scroll blanks, They saw fit to make her a Lady of the court and Awarded her Arms. The scroll was a work by Baroness Clarice Roan.
Their Majesties called Katelinn of Delftwood. For her accomplishments in archery including making her own bow and learning fletching, Their Majesties Awarded her Arms and made her a Lady of the court. The scroll created by the hand of Baroness Clarice Roan.
Their Majesties asked Amelia of Delftwood to attend Them. Noting how pleasant she is to work with and her active participation within the Barony of Delftwood, They Awarded her Arms thereby making her a Lady of the court. The scroll was limned by THLady Anlaith ingen Trena.
Their Majesties called Stephen of Delftwood to attend Them. For his cheerful help with set up and tear down at events and classes, Their Majesties Awarded him Arms and made him a Lord of the court. The scroll by THLady Rachel Dalicieux.
Their Majesties then called before Them THLady Gytha Oggesdottir. For her outreach and welcoming hospitality for newcomers and her kindness to new and old members of the Society, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Cornelian.
Their Majesties inducted Lord Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd into the Order of the Keystone for his work as Baronial Exchequer, merchant liaison for Ice Dragon and as event tollner in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael. Scroll by THFool Dagonell the Juggler.
Their Majesties called Lady Saskia Feldmeyrin before Them. For her skill in making pottery, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Sycamore. The scroll was created by Baroness Maddelena de Angeles.
Their Majesties called Lord Jan Langhe ten Walde into court. For his dedication and the hard work achieving the fencing prowess necessary to place third in the Ice Dragon bear pit this year, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce. The scroll was a work by the hand of THLady Mairghread Stiebhard inghean ui Choinne.
Their Majesties called Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure before Them. Noting her diligence can be seen in the Thrown Weapons and archery marshallates as well as in her position as regional exchequer, Their Majesties felt it right and proper to summon before Them the Order of the Millrind and add Her Excellency to their number. The scroll was by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin.
Their Majesties asked that the Order of the Millrind remain as there were several pieces of business where they would be needed. Next Their Majesties called Baroness Caitriona Fhial inghean ui Chonaill, called Kayley into court. Their Majesties noted her long service as Kingdom, Regional and local exchequer and seeing her devotion to the society in such service is without limit, They inducted her into the Order of the Millrind. The scroll was by the hand of Lady Genevote Nau d’Anjou.
Their Majesties then called Don Matteo Pesci before Them. For his work as the backbone of Myrkfaelinn working for years as seneschal, exchequer, autocrat and marshal, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Millrind. The scroll was created by Lady Amalie Reinhardt.
Having noted that Lady Amalie is always contributing, Their Majesties called her forth. As Kingdom Webmistress, They found her extremely responsive to any need and had seen the great work she has done overhauling the Kingdom website. For these reasons, Their Majesties inducted her into the Order of the Millrind and Granted her Arms. The scroll was created by Lady Felice de Thornton.
With that, Their Majesties bid the Order of the Millrind to greet their newest members.
Their Majesties called Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus to attend Them. His Excellency presented himself and agreed that he did indeed sit vigil and received counsel and had resolved that it was his wish to continue. Their Majesties called for the Order of the Laurel to attend Them. They asked for worthies to attest to Baron Artemius’ qualifications to for this accolade. As a Member of the Order of Chivalry, Sir Ruslan Igotavich Voronov spoke of the fact that Artemius was influential in nudging him back into the Society. He stated he wanted to win crown if only to ensure this would occur. As a member of the Order of the Pelican, Mistress Alheydis von Körckhingen spoke of how he welcomed her, the mother of six children, taking the time to answer the questions of eager young boys and never making them feel unwanted. As a Master of Defense, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede spoke of how he was an example before he was a Baron. As Royal Peer, Duchess Ilish O’Donovan of Cork spoke of how we must be worthy of his art and how he fosters and encourages others. As Lady of the Rose, Duchess Rowan de la Garnison spoke of how he seeks to be inspired daily. As Jewel of AEthelmearc, Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf spoke of he was grace in motion with kindness and courtesy. For the populace, THLord Timothy of Edgewood advised that his man inspires the populace to do better and thanked Their Majesties for what They do this day. Finally as a member of the Order of the Laurel Master Kenhelm advised that in all ways Baron Artemius is his peer.
Having heard these words and the counsel of the Order of the Laurel, Their Majesties agreed it was right and fitting to elevate Baron Artemius Andreas Magnus by Letters Patent to the Order of the Laurel. They called forth for a cloak to warm him, a Laurel’s medallion to denote his station and Laurel leaves so all may know him to be a peer. Finally They called for the ancestral fruitcake as a reminder for Master Artemius to never take himself too seriously. A scroll to mark the occasion was a work in progress.
Their Majesties summoned the Silver Buccle Herald, THLady Sophie Davenport before Them. Knowing Their time upon the throne grew short, They asked her to summon the Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald and divest her of her title and duties. Her Ladyship called Dame Kateryna ty Isaf before Their Majesties. Releasing her from her oaths given to both the crown and office of herald, saving for the oath to keep Their Majesties confidences, Her Ladyship removed the tabard of Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald from Dame Kateryna.
Her Majesty asked Dame Kateryna to remain and thanked her for her diligent service as Jewel of AEthelmearc Herald. Her Majesty advised that She would never know from Dame Kateryna’s performance of duties that she suffers from stage fright and that She could find no other person She felt more worthy to name as the Queen’s Inspiration of the day and did bestow upon her the Golden Escarbuncle.
Their Majesties asked that all scribes who contributed to the scrolls given during the courts today stand and be recognized.
There being no further business this day, Their Majesties court was thus concluded.
By Elska á Fjárfelli, of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn (Susan Verberg)
Come for the pointy projectiles! Stay for the fabulous food!
Accurately described by co-organizer THL Lijsbet de Keukere, Delftwood hosted its third annual Cast Iron Chef Cooking Tournament on September 3 as part of the barony’s archery event A Shoot in the Wildwood.
The cooking trench at Cast Iron Chef cooking tourney III, with in the foreground the oven Algirdas scratch built. All photography by Elska.
Each year brings a new challenge, and this year Lijsbet and Lord Sebastian Mora challenged the archers to shoot their best royal round on behalf of the cooks for first pick of their coveted Mystery Baskets. The baskets varied in theme, each one contained high-quality, valuable ingredients… and all had to be used in some way or another to create the best three-dish meal.
To supplement the Mystery Basket, the pantry had been bountifully stocked with pantry staples common for the average medieval household: beans, grains, common garden vegetables, simple dairy products, and foraged goods.
With these building blocks the teams, consisting of no more than a head cook, one assistant, and one archer, were charged to make a plausibly medieval meal over the communal open fire for the judges to sample. Following the format of the past three years, all tournament cooking had to be done on site during the designated tournament time of three hours, and no food brought in from off site could be used. While most cooks brought their own copious amounts of cast iron cook wares, for the cook in sudden need loaner pots & pans were available. Occasionally, the judges would make their rounds, and even though they were not supposed to direct, it was totally fine to ask questions…
While I tried my best to compile as complete a picture as possible, I was distracted by cooking, and the Book of Faces wasn’t as enlightening as hoped… my advanced apologies to anyone I might have missed!
And without further ado, let’s introduce our cast iron teams!
Kiera and her menu.
Kiera MacLeod had archer Edward Harbinger shoot her the East Kingdom Basket, which included barley, asparagus, rosewater, cherries, turnips, and rump roast.
Ciaran & Wynn’s meal.
Algirdas and Aldanza.
Ciaran & Wynn choose the Butcher’s Basket, which included an intriguing collection of pork necks, pork hocks, and chuck steak.
Meadbh and Elska’s menu.
Meadbh ni Clerigh, assisted by me, had her daughter Mary of Hartford shoot us the Sweet & Savory Basket; Mary shot the overall highest score. This basket included walnuts, dried figs, dried prunes, dried apricots, dried dates, and dried cherries with chuck steak.
Matheus & Katherine’s entry.
Matheus Hundamaðr, assisted by Katharine Thorne, had archer Snorri sketi Bjornsson shoot them the Perrote Basket. This basket included parsnips, lentils, chickpeas, turnips, chives, peach sauce, and pork shoulder.
Thirteen-year-old Morgan Littlejohn, assisted by her father Fearghus macEoin Littlejohn, had archer Siobhan shoot them the Farmer’s Basket. This basket included gruyere, parmesan, turnips, leeks, celeriac, apples, pears, asparagus, and chicken.
Algirdas Wolfus, assisted by Aldanza Wolfus, had archer Robert of Furness shoot them the Delftwood Basket. This basket included eggs, apples, olive oil, honey mustard, dates, and chicken.
Fearghus and Morgan.
While the highest scoring archer gave her team first pick of the Mystery Baskets, the organizers then threw in a nice curve ball by reversing the order of who went shopping first in the Pantry! Did I overhear one cook thank his archer for having been a lousy shot…?
What did we end up making?
Matheus & Katharine made a “Norse Meal in Miklagård” with a menu of:
Grikkland Grautr: a pottage of red lentils, rice, chickpea, parsnips, onion, garlic, butter, cumin, and celery seed, garnished with shaved radish and chives.
Pork in the way of Serkland: pork, rubbed with rosemary infused olive oil, crushed long pepper, salt, coriander, cumin, and turmeric, seared then stewed with verjuice and dried figs, finished with fresh figs.
Sœtrbröd: whole wheat and ground walnut pancake, spiced with mace, nutmeg, and ginger, topped with peach preserves, butter, cooked apricots, and roasted walnuts.
The menu of Morgan & Fearghus included:
Chicken and vegetable stew.
Stuffed roasted apples and pears, decorated with edible flowers.
Asparagus with parmesan.
Algirdas & Aldanza’s menu offered, with little flags following the French style:
Vegetable and cheese egg tart.
Apple and carrot salad (garnished with fig and almonds).
Chicken bruet with mustard sauce in a leaf of egg.
Date and apple tart.
Meadbh & Elska made a 14th century Anglo-Saxon meal with:
Kidney and Steak stew with dates and apricots.
Savory custard pie with eggs, soft cheese, pears, dates and almonds
Barley with raisins and shaved almonds.
Cherry and almond pie.
Bread pudding with dates and figs.
Sage water for hand washing.
Ciaran & Wynn’s hearty menu was:
Pig knuckle and barley pottage.
Pork hock pottage.
Grilled vegetables & steak.
Finally, Kiera’s menu included:
Grilled chicken with cherry sauce
Chicken & barley pottage
The winners of the third Cast Iron Chef cooking competition, with the competition organizers.
In the end? We were all so excited and hungry for our own food that we were waiting for the judges to move along, so we could go enjoy ourselves! And not just us, there were quite a few bystanders with empty plates, waiting for the word to dig in…
For me, this was the first time cooking multiple dishes over open fire, and am I glad I brought all my cast iron pots & pans, we used every single one! It was a wonderful experience, not competitive at all. There was many a time where someone exclaimed for some sugar/cinnamon/flour and it would instantly appear from another cook’s station. We loaned out gear as needed and kept and eye on all that was cooking. I do not think I would have done anything different, and hope to be able to participate again next year! Thank you, Lijsbet and Sebastian for organizing, again, this wonderful event. A big thank you to all the volunteers and donors of wonderful foodstuffs, thanks to you the pantry was glorious! Thank you to our judges for your constructive help and feedback. It made for a most wonderful outdoor experience. All in all, I hardly even noticed the rain.
And now for the results we’ve all been waiting for…
While being able to make something wonderful out of pig’s knuckles and hocks is a worthy deed indeed, the Baroness felt she was most impressed by 13-year-old Morgan and her third time entering this competition successfully, thereby Morgan and her dad Fearghus were the Baroness’s pick.
Playing to the crowd by bringing Delftwood and Kingdom regalia – and choosing the Delftwood Basket – the Baron was not able to overcome all this Delftwood splendor and picked team Algirdas & Aldanza Wolfus as the Baron’s choice. But don’t think that was all! Algirdas built a completely functional on-site oven as well, and the two of them walked away victorious as the Ultimate Cast Iron Chefs! Vivat!
For many more pictures of the A.S.52 Cast Iron Chef, see John Michael Thorpe’s photos here and JJ Art and Photography’s here.
For more information about this awesome Tournament, see here.
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, accompanied by Their Heir, Prince Timothy: the Business of The Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins, February 11, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of Delftwood. As recorded by Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.
In the morning their Majesties invited their Excellency’s Delftwood to join Them in Their court.
Baroness Helena Mutzhasen was called before Their Majesties, who spoke at length of Her Excellency’s artistry in millinery and clothing of Germany, and so the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc was summoned and Her Excellency was named a companion of that order. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova. Embroidered scroll by Meisterrin Felicity Fluβmüllnerin, Lady Margaret Grace, Countess Caryl Olesdatter, Herrin Saskia Feldmeyrin, and Fela Fluβmüllnerin with words by Freiherr Fridrich Fluβmüllnerin and Meisterrin Felicity Flu βmüllnerin.
Next, Master Diego Munoz de Castilla and Don Corwin Montgomery approached the Throne and presented Her Majesty with a pictorial representation of the lineage of the White Scarf starting with Tivar Moondragon. They showed Her Majesty the branch of the tree representing those subjects from the kingdom of Æthelmearc. However, Their Majesty’s Jewel Herald spoke and noted that the representation was heraldically incorrect as he is a member of that line and there is heraldry displayed of one who is not a white scarf of that line. To settle this matter, Her Majesty called for the Order of the White Scarf to confirm, and invited the Ladies of the Rose and Garnet to also attend. The Order did affirm that there was indeed heraldry displayed of one who is not a member of the Order, and so Lord Michael Gladwyne was called forward and inducted into the Order of the White Scarf in recognition of his prowess and his contributions to the rapier community of Æthelmearc. And thus, the error was made correct. Scroll by Baroness Helena Mutzhasen.
THL Ruslan Voronov was called to attend Their Majesties, and then the Order of Chivalry was summoned forward. Their Majesties inquired whether his lordship was prepared to sit this day in vigil in contemplation of joining the Order of Chivalry, to which he responded that he was. However, there was one last piece of business to attend to and so Sir Óláfr þorvarðarson came forward and took back his squire’s belt from Ruslan and released him from his service so that he might sit vigil unencumbered. That business being concluded, Their Majesties released THL Ruslan into the care of the Order of Chivalry to escort him to vigil.
In the evening their Majesties invited Their Excellency’s Delftwood to join Them in Their court.
Their Majesties called forward all children and then sent them off in pursuit of the toy chest of treasures so that they might be occupied during the remainder of court.
Their Majesties then gave leave to Their Excellency’s Delftwood to hold their baronial court.
Earl Yngvar the Dismal, Countess Caryl Olesdatter, Master John Michael Thorpe, THL Fionnghuala inghean Diarmada, and Baroness Beatrix Krieger were invited into court. Her Majesty spoke of a recent trip to the East Kingdom in which several challenges befell Her visit, and these gentles came forward and provided various forms of assistance to Her. So for these acts of kindness, Her Majesty presented each with a personal token of appreciation.
Katharina von Bamberg was awarded arms in absentia. Scroll by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh.
Snorri sketi Bjornnson was awarded arms in absentia. Scroll by His Excellency Master Caleb Reynolds.
Lady Adelheid Grünewalderin was awarded a Keystone in absentia. Scroll by Baroness Helena Mutzhasen.
Lady Ragna Feilan was called forward and inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her cooking and Viking food research, and for winning the Iron Chef competition. Scroll by His Excellency Master Caleb Reynolds.
Next, Ráðúlfr Eiríksson was invited into court and inducted into the Order of the Golden Alce and awarded arms for his prowess upon the field. Scroll by Baroness Barbary Rose of Endless Hills with words by Don Po Silvertop the Rogue.
Their Majesties then called for Ulfr Thorbjarnarson and inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce and awarded him arms for his prowess, honor, and cunning upon the field. Scroll by THL Padraig O’Branduibh.
Her Majesty then called for Sir Óláfr þorvarðarson and spoke of his generosity, and specifically spoke of the children’s treasure chest he constructed when the call for help went out. And so, She named Sir Óláfr Her inspiration and awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.
THL Ruslan Voronov was next called before the Throne. Their Majesties asked if, after having received council today, he would join the Order of Chivalry, and Ruslan answered in the affirmative. Their Majesties then called for Their Order of Chivalry to join Them. Duke James Ahearn then arose as a royal peer and spoke of Ruslan’s willingness to give of himself to others. He stated that to be a noble one must act nobly, and that Ruslan has done that. By letter, Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke for the Order of Defence and told of how Ruslan’s booming voice can be heard above the din and how he uses that voice to teach, to serve, and to grow others. Countess Isabeau de l’Isle spoke for the Order of the Laurel of how excellence takes you beyond simple curiosity, but to passion; and that passion leads to practice, and that practice leads to growth. Countess Caryl Olesdatter spoke for the Order of the Pelican of Ruslan’s current service as champion of the Roses and how he is a beacon for others to follow. For the Order of Chivalry, Count Robin Wallace told of Ruslan’s humility, his striving, his leading and teaching of the art of combat. Sir Óláfr þorvarðarson also spoke of Ruslan’s ability to speak truth from the heart because he has gone through dark times and walked the gauntlet himself. Having heard these words of Their peers, Their Majesties were then moved to induct Ruslan into the Order of Chivalry and had him adorned with spurs, a belt of white belonging to Duke Morgunn Sheridan, a cloak, and a chain. His Majesty then knighted Ruslan, and Their Majesties received his oath. Scroll forthcoming.
Lastly, Their Majesties thanked all those scribes and artisans who had contributed works throughout Their reign so that the work and skill of others might be recognized, and Her Majesty offered tokens of appreciation and offered scribal supplies.
There being no further business, this court of Their Majesties was closed.
In the year 1487, Maximillian I, the Holy Roman Emperor, formed the first regiments of the mercenaries known as the Landsknechts. They went on to fight in almost every 16th century military campaign, sometimes fighting on both sides of the engagement. These warriors fought in units of pikemen called a Fahnlein with a Hauptmann as leader and training captain. These units lived as a family, often with wives and children marching with the soldiers to their next campaign and setting up a small movable town as the entire army moved across Europe.
In devising my 16th century army camp meal, I started by looking at several German cookbooks, a list of which can be found in the bibliography. One of my favorite cookbooks to reference is Sabina Welserin’s because she was cooking for her family at home, not for a royal court. It was important to me that all the foods included in this class were able to be cooked in an outdoor camp situation and to be stored and eaten by hard-working men and women on the go. This is not meant to be a feast, but to be hardy working class fare. Dried, pickled, and smoked items come heavily into play for longevity’s sake.
Landsknecht camp woodcut circa 1500
In my cookware deductions, I used several woodcuts of Landsknecht camp life, assessing what tools were available to a camp cook. There are also some extant pieces that add to this list.
spoons and ladles of several sizes in wood and metal
metal pots and pans of various sizes for cooking over the coals
large metal and ceramic cauldrons for stewing and boiling
small ceramics for baking and roasting (pipkin and piggie pots)
several different stand and tripod configurations
Popular Food Choices for Landsknecht & 16th century Germany
Dried items: beans, lentils, peas, rice to add to stews or mains
Pasties or tarts: fruit, veg, meat fillings (easy to pack and carry)
From Ein New Kochbuchby Marx Rumpolt
German: Erbeßsuppen mit klein gehackten Zwibeln/ die geschweißt seyn/ pfeffers vnd gelbs/ so ist es auch gut.
Pea soup with small chopped onions/ that (have been) sautéed/ pepper and yellow (saffron)/ so it is also good.
2 oz. butter
2 medium onions
1 T garlic
16 oz. green split peas
12 c. vegetable broth
Pinch of saffron Salt and pepper to taste.
Sauté the chopped onions in butter until clear. Add garlic, being careful not to let it go brown as it will be bitter. Add peas and coat in butter. Add broth, salt, and pepper and allow to simmer till peas are tender. Additional water might be needed during the simmering phase. Add saffron and smash to puree. Serve warm.
Fast Day Krapfen
From Ein Buch von Guter Spise
German: So du wilt einen vasten krapfen machen von nüzzen mit ganzem kern. und nim als vil epfele dor under und snide sie würfeleht als der kern ist und roest sie mit ein wenig honiges und mengez mit würtzen und tu ez uf die bleter die do gemaht sin zu krapfen und loz ez backen und versaltz niht.
So you want to make a fastday krapfen of nuts with whole kernels. And take as many apples thereunder and cut them diced, as the kernel is, and roast them well with a little honey and mix with spices and put it on the loaf, which you do to make krapfen, and let it cook and do not oversalt.
4 t. yeast
4 T sugar
1⁄2 c. warm water (or milk) *
3 eggs (or 1⁄2 c water)*
1⁄2 c. nuts
1⁄2 c. apples diced to match nuts in size.
2 T honey
1⁄2 t. cinnamon
Combine yeast, sugar, and water or milk in a small bowl. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes to allow yeast to proof. Mix this with flour and eggs and kneed to form dough. Allow to rise to double the size (about 1 hour). Sauté the nuts, apples, honey, and cinnamon over low heat to toast nuts and soften apples. Allow to cool. When dough is ready: Heat oil to 325 ̊F. Cut off dough balls and flatten. Spoon in the apple mixture, close to form a ball, and drop into the oil, fry to golden. Drizzle with honey.
*As this class is not taking place on a fast day, I will be making this recipe with milk and eggs.
Note on Krapfen: This has modernly come to mean a filled jelly donut, but based on the descriptions above, I believe the 16th c. version is similar to the “traditional” style of krapfen, much more like a drop fritter. This is mainly because the modern donut is baked first and then filled, while the recipe calls for adding the filling to the krapfen and then baking.
To Make a Good Roast
From Das Kuchbuch der Sabina Welserin
German: Ain gút brates zú machen Nim kelberis oder ain lembratten von ainem ochsen, legs jn ain wein jber nacht, darnach stecks jn an ain spis, thú jn dan jn ain haffen, thú daran ain gúte fleschbrie, zwiffel, wein, gewirtz, pfeffer, jmber, negellen vnnd lasß woll daran sieden, versaltz es nit.
Translation: Take veal or a sirloin of beef, lay it overnight in wine, afterwards stick it on a spit. Put it then in a pot. Put good broth therein, onions, wine, spices, pepper, ginger and cloves and let it cook therein. Do not over salt it.
6 lbs. sirloin beef
1 c. red wine
1 c. apple cider vinegar
8 bay leaves (can use juniper berries as well)
1/2 t each ginger, cloves, cardamom
Salt and pepper to taste
Marinade the beef overnight in a mix of red wine, vinegar, ginger, cloves, cardamom, salt and pepper.
If working with a spit: Spit the beef and roast over high heat to achieve a browned crunch on the outside. Retain the drippings. Keep the marinade for later steps.
If working with a pan: Seer the beef in a VERY hot pan (I use cast iron) on every side. Remove the beef. Keep the pan drippings. Keep the marinade for later steps.
Place the beef in a pot or slow cooker. Cook the sliced onion in the beef drippings, deglaze the pan with 1⁄2 c of marinade. Pour this over the beef. Add bay leaves, remaining marinade, and salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for 5 or more hours till beef is tender and falling apart. Stir to avoid beef sticking to the bottom of the pot. To thicken the sauce, add lebkuchen and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
From Ein Buch von Guter Spise
German: Brat Ruben/ vnnd schel sie/ zerschneid sie/ vnnd geb sie in eine Schuessel/ vnnd gibs warm auff ein Tisch/ bestra:ew sie mit Zucker/ seind sie auch gut.
Fry roots/ and peel them/ cut them up/ and give them into a bowl/ and give it warm to the table/ sprinkle it with sugar/ they are good too.
3 carrots of various colors
1 T sugar
Peel and cut the root vegetables to equal sizes. Slice the leeks finely. Pour into a pan and roast till tender, sprinkling the sugar over top for the last minute or two to glaze and serve warm.
Field kitchen by Bartolomeo Scappi, Venice, 1570
From Das Kuchbuch der Sabina Welserin
German: Ain pastetentaig zú machen zú allen auffgesetzten pasteten at Nempt ain mell, das pest, so jr bekomen múgen, vngefarlich 2 gút gaúffen oder darnach jr die grosß oder klain haben welt, thiets auff den disch vnnd riert 2 air mit ainem messer daran vnnd saltzt ain wenig, macht jn ainem pfenndlin ain wasser vnnd wie 2 gúte air grosß schmaltz, last es als anainander ergan vnnd sieden/ darnach schit es an das obgemelt mell ob dem disch vnnd mach ain starcken taig vnnd arbait jn woll, wie dich gút dúnckt, wan es jm somer jst, músß man an des wasser stat ain fleschbrie nemen vnnd an des schmaltz stat ain abscheffet von der súpen nemen, wan der taig gearbait jst, so machent jn zú ainer rúnden kugel vnnd thenet jn fein mit den fingern vornen aus oder mit ainem walgelholtz/ das jn der mit ain hechin beleib, darnach lands erstaren an der keltin, darnach setzent daig aúf, jn maß jch eúch gezaigt hab/ aúch balten ain taig zú der teckin vnd welget jn zú ainer deckin vnnd nempt ain wasser vnnd bestreichts oben an der deckin vnnd oben an der aúffgesetzten pasten vnnd thiets mitt den fingern woll zusamen, last an ainem ort ain klain lechlin, vnd das es woll zúsamengedruckt sey, das nicht offenstand/ blassen jn das lechlin, das jr gelassen habt, so wirt die deckin hibsch aúfflaúffen, so trúcken das lechlin von stúnd an zú, darnach thits jn offen, set vor ain mell aúff die schissel/ secht, das jr den offen recht haitzt, so wirt es ain schene pasteten, also macht man all aúffgesetzt pasteten den taig.
To make a pastry dough for all shaped pies
Take flour, the best that you can get, about two handfuls, depending on how large or small you would have the pie. Put it on the table and with a knife stir in two eggs and a little salt. Put water in a small pan and a piece of fat the size of two good eggs, let it all dissolve together and boil. Afterwards pour it on the flour on the table and make a strong dough and work it well, however you feel is right. If it is summer, one must take meat broth instead of water and in the place of the fat the skimmings from the broth. When the dough is kneaded, then make of it a round ball and draw it out well on the sides with the fingers or with a rolling pin, so that in the middle a raised area remains, then let it chill in the cold. Afterwards shape the dough as I have pointed out to you. Also reserve dough for the cover and roll it out into a cover and take water and spread it over the top of the cover and the top of the formed pastry shell and join it together well with the fingers. Leave a small hole. And see that it is pressed together well, so that it does not come open. Blow in the small hole which you have left, then the cover will lift itself up. Then quickly press the hole closed. Afterwards put it in the oven. Sprinkle flour in the dish beforehand. Take care that the oven is properly heated, then it will be a pretty pastry. The dough for all shaped pastries is made in this manner.
German: Ain erbertorten zú machen Mach das bedellin vnnd laß erstarcken jn der tortenpfanen darnach nim die erber vnnd legs daraúf vmber aúfs allernechst zúsamen, darnach zúckeres woll aúfs allerbast, laß darnach ain klain weil bachen, geúß ain malúasier daraúf vmber vnnd laß ain weil bachen, so jst er gemacht.
A Strawberry Tart
Make a pastry shell and let it become firm in the tart pan. Afterwards take strawberries and lay them around on top as close together as possible, after that sweeten them especially well. Next let it bake a short while, pour Malavosia over it and let it bake a while, then it is ready.
Redaction: For the Pastry:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup fat, lard, or Crisco
2 cups flour
pinch of salt
To make the pastry dough:
Heat 1/4 cup water to just under a boil, and add the lard, simmering until it has melted. Pour half of this over the flour and salt, and mix thoroughly. When the dough is reasonably cool to the touch, add the eggs and mix. If the dough is still too dry, continue adding the water until the dough comes together in a nice mass.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface to just under 1/4′′ thick. Press the dough into tart pans, and set each on a baking sheet. Chill the prepared tart shells for a couple of hours, or until the dough is stiff.
To make the filling:
Slice the strawberries thinly, and arrange as closely as possible in the tart shells, layering until all the berries are used up. Sprinkle with the sugar, and bake for 15 minutes at 375F.
Remove from oven and pour an equal amount of the wine over each tart, and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
*Malvasia is an ancient Mediterranean family of grapes and the wines they produce can have several different flavors. There are dry wines and even the occasional red, but the majority are light and sweet. Malavosia, Malmsey, and Madiera are made from Malvasia grapes, as are several dessert wines.
For the Filling: 2 quarts of strawberries, sliced thin 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup Malavosia Wine *
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