Archive - Nov 2004

November 10th

Po Cha (Tibetan Butter Tea)

First boil five to six cups of water, then turn down the fire. Put 4 bags of tea or 4 heaping tablespoon of loose tea in the water and boil again for a couple of minutes. Take out the tea bags or if you use loose tea, strain the tea leaves. Pour your tea, one quarter of a teaspoon of salt, two tablespoons of butter, and a half cup of milk into a chandong, which is a kind of churn.

Note: Since Chandong are kind of rare outside of Tibet unless you make one, you can cheat, which is to use any big container with a lid, so you can shake the tea, Churn, or shake the mixture for two or three minutes. Po cha tastes better if you churn it longer. Serve the tea right away, since po cha is best when it's very hot.

Royal Citie of Eoforwic Celebrates 30th Anniversary

On Saturday November 6, the Royal Citie of Eoforwic (Toronto, Ontario) held a grand celebration to mark its 30th anniversary. Laird Colyne Stewart tells the story.

Outlands Crown Tourney Photos Online

Shava has posted photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Gutenberg May Not have Invented the Printing Press

Has Johannes Gutenberg been wrongly credited with the invention of the printing press? An Italian researcher thinks so.

Deutsche Welle: Roman Trier Attracts History Buffs

Trier, the oldest city in Germany, has been called "Roma Secunda", the second Rome, and is full of Roman monuments.

November 9th

Lake Constance graveyard of lost ships

Over fifty shipwrecks dating to ancient times have been catalogued beneath the waters of Germany's Lake Constance.

Luther's "Loo" Excites Archaeological Community

Archaeologists in Germany believe they have found Martin Luther's toilet in a newly-unearthed annex of his Wittenberg home.

No Fortieth Anniversary event, says the Board of Directors

Linda Moore, Chairman of the SCA's Board of Directors, says that there will be no official SCA-wide Fortieth Anniversary event, due to lack of hosting bids.

Pictures from Atenveldt Coronation and Champions Tournament

Pictures from the recent Coronation and Champions Tournaments for the Kingdom of Atenveldt, held in the Barony of Atenveldt, are online at Godfrey's photo album site.

Burgundian Treasures on Display in Cleveland

The Cleveland Museum of Art will host en exhibit entitled Dukes & Angels: Art from the Court of Burgundy (1364-1419) October 24, 2004 through January 9, 2005.

November 8th

Duchess Marieke Named Tyger of the East

Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzingen has announced that Duchess Marieke van de Dal has been named a Tyger of the East by King Thorson and Queen Svava.

Renaissance Painter Rediscovered

Pope Urban VIII's nephew stole 2 altar paintings from a church in Urbino in 1632 and smuggled them to Rome. Today these paintings are being displayed and ascribed to the original painter, Fra Carnevale.

Oertha to Host Tattershall Symposium

The Principality of Oertha will play host to instructors from the Tattershall School of Defense Saturday and Sunday, Nov 13 and 14th 2004 at the CBA building in Chugiak, Alaska.

Court notes from the first Coronation for the Kingdom of Northshield

Lady Sarra Romney has posted Court notes from Northshield's first Coronation.

A report from Ealdormere Crown Tournament XIV

Laird Colyne Stewart reports on Ealdormere Crown Tourney XIV, held October 23 AS 39.

November 7th

Medieval Carlisle Discovered

A 12th Century bronze-working shop and related materials have been found under a recently demolished pub in Carlisle.

English Elm Imported by Romans

Botanists believe that all English elm trees may be descended from one tree brought to England by the Romans.

Roman Ghosts Sought in York

Ghost-hunters gather around Halloween to seek the spirits of Roman soldiers as part of York, England's fabled "Ghost Tour."

November 6th

Hóng Shén Qìng

  1. Mix Soy Sauce, Xaoxing, & Sugar.
  2. Cube the duòfú into 1/4" pieces.
  3. Marinate duòfú 15-30 min.
  4. Divide seasonings in half.
  5. Drain marinade & reserve liquid.
  6. Deep fry duòfú until golden brown, then drain.
  7. Stir-fry 1/2 the seasonings 2-3 min.
  8. Add remaining seasonings & duòfú.
  9. Stir-fry to mix well & add the reserved marinade.
  10. Simmer until nice and bubbly, then remove from heat & serve on sticky steamed white rice.

Angaakhai

This is the signature dish for the household Khyim Lha Khang / Kalet Ordu.

  1. Mix marinade and marinate meats for 1 hr
  2. Mix Hoisin, red pepper, & stock
  3. Heat wok on high w/oil for stir-fry & stir-fry meat 3-4 min
  4. Add sauce & continue stir-frying
  5. Add green onions, broccoli, & sprouts. Continue stir-frying for 2-3 min
  6. Remove from heat and serve over Chinese Rice noodles (Luo mian)

Mapungubwe Ruins to Attract Visitors

South Africa plans to attract visitors to a new national park, the centerpiece of which will be excavations from the Mapungubwe Kingdom.

Brian O'Morchoe Victorious in Insulae Draconis Viceroy Tourney

Lord Heinrich von Westfelsen has posted photos from the Insulae Draconis Viceroy Tourney held in Edinburgh, Scotland October 30, 2004.

Selveirgard Celebrates Samhein

Chris has posted a large album of photos taken by Zak from the recent Samhein event held October 30, 2004 in Chugiak, Alaska.

November 5th

Try your hand at the (virtual) trebuchet!

GlobalSpec, an engineering search engine, has a mathematically-realistic online game that models the physics of a trebuchet.

A Day at the Races

It is racing time in Siena! The 17 Contrade are getting ready for their beloved palio races and the Barony of Ponte Alto invites everyone to join in the fun!

Eirik Andersen's Ealdormere Crown Tourney photos online

TwoRavens.org has photos of the recent Crown Tourney and various people at the event.

New exhibit on arms & armor of Shakespearean drama opens at the Higgins

"Now Thrive the Armorers: The Arms & Armor of Shakespeare" will be on display at the Higgins Armory Museum through June 23, 2005.

November 4th

Catching the Bug: Aoife Gets the Flu

This week, Dame Aoife discusses medieval illnesses, especially the flu.

Tourney by the Loch

Tourney by the Loch will be held this weekend!

Those who are wise in seeking signs of the weather say that clear and cool weather will grace the day. http://loch-soilleir.ansteorra.org/tourney/

Moving forward into the past

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner describes the SCA, and how various members of the Barony of Winter's Gate originally became involved in the organization.