Cooking

Preparation, storage, and presentation of food.

Cooks create "Feast of the Centuries"

Mistress Huette, Dame Selene and Baroness Asakura no Mashi (Mercy the Potter) have created a blog for cooks called Feast of the Centuries, an "Historical Mission to share food goodness wherever possible."

Battling for cheese

You've heard of "Bowling for Dollars?" In England, it's battling for cheese, a publicity stunt to determine who claims bragging rights for the best bleu cheese between representatives of France's Saint Agur and Britain's Stilton.

Gulf Wars BBQ Championship

At the next Gulf Wars, the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann will host the First Annual Known World Barbecue Championship.

French and Saunders in the medieval kitchen

British comedy stars Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders take on medieval life in this sketch set in a medieval French kitchen. The video is posted on YouTube. Cooks beware!

The medieval sweet tooth

In her book, Candy: The Sweet History and Chocolate: The Sweet History, Beth Kimmerle considers the increased appetite of sweets in medieval Europe. The article appears on the National Geographic website.

Food safety for large groups

Planning a large feast - or even a large meal? The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service has a free downloadable brochure (PDF format) available.

[ATE] Tavern Tourney

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Join your brothers (and sisters) in arms at the Tavern Aurelius for a day of food, drink, contest, and celebration. Yes it is time for Tavern Tourney. Huzzah!!

In Ascalon on Christmas Eve in the year 1169, the Christian army has just returned from their second defeat in Egypt. The Hospitallers were part of that army and, of course do not really have the Christmas spirit. Michaelis Aurelius, a trader that often does business with the Hospitallers, has put together a Christmas Eve party to cheer his friends. Wanting to include all of his friends, Michaelis and his lovely wife Kateryn, also invited the Templars who refused to go with the army to Egypt and are often rivals with the Hospitallers. While discussing the party, with the Grand Masters of each order, an argument arose as to which was more in the Christmas spirit, the Reindeer of the Germans or the Gnomes of the French. Come join Michaelis party and support your order by showing your spirit. Are you a Templar displaying your Antlers or are you Hospitaller showing your pointed ears or gnomish garb. Come let us eat, drink, and be merry Location:
Barony of Twin Moons (Chandler, Arizona)

[ANT] Seagirt Yule

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As the chill of winter creeps upon us, it is time to seek warmth. Seagirt Yule will warm your toes and hearts with food, entertainment, dance, games and much more! Their Excellencies of the glorious Barony of Seagirt, Ming and Elina, extend their welcome to travellers from afar, and those already familiar to Seagirts warmth.

The gathering shall be on December 6th from 4pm and not extending past midnight. Luxton Hall will be the place located at: Location:
Barony of Seagirt (Victoria, British Columbia)

[OUT] Fontaine Toy Box

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This is a free event benefiting the Blue Star Mothers in San Juan County, but a suggested donation of $5 for adult, $2 for kids 12 and under, and children 5 and under are free. Donation of items from the Mother’s List instead of cash is also very welcome.

November 22, 2008
Minimum Park,
100 N. Main St., Aztec, Nm
9:00am-5:00pm

Autocrat: Lady Anna Katherine von Teltge Location:
Barony of Fontaine dans Sable (Aztec, New Mexico)

Norman contributions to the English language ala Garrison Keillor

In his weekly podcast for September 24, 2008, humorist Garrison Keillor commemorates the 1066 Norman invasion of England with a discussion of how the French language affected food and cooking terms.

Garum helps date Pompeii volcanic eruption

Garum, a pungent, fish-based seasoning, used in Roman cooking is being used to help precisely date the volcanic eruption that buried the city of Pompeii.

Leeks brought to Wales to flavor Roman stew

Andrew Dixey, Estate Manager for National Museum Wales, has created a Roman garden designed to help visitors understand the life of Romans in Wales. Among the plants brought to the country by the Romans was the garden leek, the unofficial symbol of Wales.

[OUT] Danse Macabre

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Please join us for much dancing, good company and a few laughs. You never know who will show up as a Saint and who will be the Sinner.

Danse Macabre
Barony of Caer Galen
Sinners and Saints
October 25nd 2008
6pm until the stroke of midnight

Autocrat: Timony Olyveyr
timonysiobhan@gmail.com

Longmont VFW
206 South Main Street Location:
Barony of Caer Galen (Longmont, Colorado)

[WES] Yule Feast

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The Barony of Rivenoak proudly invites you to sample the delightful culinary artistry of Padraig Mathmathuna. Their most benevolent and gracious Excellencies Baron Gwyn & Baroness Lori have commandeered a sumptuous five course Welsh feast to tantalize the senses!

We will have dancing, singing, & much merriment! There will be a "Celebration of Winter" table decorating contest as well (points Location:
Barony of Rivenoak (Oroville, California)

[ANT] Harvest Celebration VII

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Come and celebrate with the Shire of Ambergard as we rejoice at our bountiful harvest and to honor King Owain and Queen Wrenn the rightful rulers of the greatest kingdom in the knowne world, An Tir.

The Ambergard Culinary Guild will as always prepare a sumptuous feast to show our bounty. We are looking for minstrels, story tellers and such to entertain and amaze us.

The site is the Ephrata Recreation Center located at 112 Basin Street, Ephrata, WA. The site will open at 3 pm and close at midnight. Serving will begin at 6:30 (tentatively). Location:
Shire of Ambergard (Ephrata, Washington)

[WES] All Hallows Feast

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All Hallows Feast Barony Of Vinhold The Emperors Holy Holiday or A Landsknechts Food Tour of Western Europe

November 15th, 2008
Barony of Vinhold (Napa, CA)
1pm – 10pm

The picking season is done and the vineyards have yielded a wondrous bounty this year. To help celebrate, the Barony of Vinhold will be offering their All Hallows Feast for those who desire warm halls, great food, good drinks, and laughter-filled conversations. Location:
Barony Of Vinhold (Napa, California)

[AET] Fifth Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium

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Greetings, all, from the autocrat and staff of the upcoming Fifth Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium! Below are supplemental announcements related to the event. We hope that you will forward this message far and wide, so that it will be of best service to all who may benefit.

MARK THE DATE! November 7-10, 2008 at Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (15 minutes from Cooper's Lake). Updated announcements and class listings will be posted on our web page, www.cooksandbards.aethelmearc.org

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Crestfield Camp & Conference Center, Slippery Rock, PA

"Forme of Cury," King Richard II's recipe book, online

A manuscript containing over 400 recipes dating to the time of King Richard II is being digitized in preparation for online release. The manuscript is one of 40 in a project by the University of Manchester's John Rylands University Library. (photo)

[CAL] Calontir Cook's Symposium 2009

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Join us in a symposium dedicated to period cooking, period cooking techniques, period cooking texts, feast stewarding, and other medieval cooking topics. There will be classes all day long, a key note speech over lunch, and a chance to show off your cooking skills during the potluck dinner that evening.

Key Note Speaker: Dame Alys Katherine

This year's symposium will feature a themed track of Subtleties and Sugar Work. Location:
Shire of Lost Moor (Easton, Missouri)

Shava's photos from Autumn Rose

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares her photos and memories from the recent Autumn Rose event in the Kingdom of Northshield.

[ANS] Winter Weasel Wonderland

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I would like to invite and welcome the populace to Wiesenfeuer Yule that will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 10 pm at Camp Dakani in Oklahoma City.

The name of the event is 'Winter Weasel Wonderland', so...guess what it is all themed on...no, not wonderland...WEASELS!!!

Competitions include: the Baronial Bardic Competition, the Baronial Arts and Sciences Competition, Table Decorating Competition, Subtlety Competition, Best Weasel in any Medium, and the Best use of a Weasel in a Costume. Location:
Barony of Wiesenfeuer (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

[WES] Borgia Feast

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Lucrezia Borgia is giving a feast in honor of her father, the Pope, but beware, there is poison in the air. Caution is your only hope. Come to the feast and see who will be the last noble standing in this game of trust and betrayal. For those that wish to come and just watch the spectacle, items will be provided to ensure your safety. There will be a cap of 60 tickets sold, as the Pope is in his elder years and large crowds leave him ill. Location:
Canton of Caer Darth (Santa Cruz, California)

[LOC] Harvest Feast

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Come one and come all. Join the Suth Gild Heall Cooks and Brewers in the second of the Succession of Salubrious Soirees - Harvest Feast.

Lady Isobel de la Rose of Arrowsreach has never cooked for over 8 people on her own (she is a great kitchen helper though), She has been working extremely hard at getting up the nerve and getting together her first "big" feast. She is ready !!!

Her challenge on the night "Cook a successful feast for 24 people". The Location:
Suth Gild (Mt Waverly, Australia)

[ATE] Feast of Knowledge

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Do you hunger for Knowledge? Then feed your hunger! Join the Shire of Windale for our Feast of Knowledge. There will be plentiful classes to satisfy all appetites.

Our Feast will start at 10:00am on Saturday, October 18, 2008. It will be in the cool, tall pine trees of the Hualapai Mountains.

Our Feast includes classes in Arts & Sciences, and Fun and Sex in the Middle Ages. All sorts of fulfilling classes on Combat Basics such as Fighting, Armor, and Archery will be available for those with heartier appetites. Spear your hunger with all day rapier activities. There will be child sized portions available with parent/guardian supervision. To zest up the Feast, we will have delicious classes on All Things Slavic. Location:
Shire of Windale (Kingman, Arizona)

How to Make a Viking Spoon

On Instructables, Morfmir shows step-by-step instructions for making a wooden spoon with Viking era reproduction tools (or modern equivalents).

En garde: beware the BBQ sword!

Looking for the perfect gift for the SCAdian fencer? How about a BBQ Sword, a twin-pronged cooking fork with a rapier handle.

Heather Whipps' "How the Spice Trade Changed the World"

LiveScience columnist Heather Whipps writes a weekly column on world-changing events. A recent article discusses how the Spice Trade brought East and West together.

[ATE] Chocolate Revel

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Once again our explorers have braved the wilds of the New World to bring back that wondrous delicacy – CHOCOLATE!!! Due to our continued and deepening friendship with a small and extremely secretive tribe, the Oompah’s, you will be able to taste chocolate in as way that no others across Europe have yet been able to produce. The Oompah’s are the only ones to have uncovered the secret of sweetening the cocoa bean. Location:
College of Brymstonne (Fountain Hills, Arizona)

Mists Investiture and Mists-Cynaqua images online

Lord Martin of Rivenstar has posted an album of photos on his SmugMug website from Mists-Cynagua War in the Kingdom of the West. The pictures were taken by Martin, Johanna, and Victoria.

A history of the humble fork

Everyone knows that Byzantines (being superior creatures) used forks as early as the 10th century, while other Europeans struggled at stabbing their beef with a knife. The California Academy of Sciences offers a History of Kitchen Utensils, including the fork, on their website.