Into the Middle Ages - An SCA Member's Blog

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Fine Art of "Creating" Medieval Dishes

There are two ways to create authentic medieval dishes. First, you can go online and/or pour through through cookbooks of the period and carefully reproduce the recipes in intricate detail or you can use your common sense, creativity and information on the agriculture, nutrition and customs of the... Sign in to see full entry.

The Medieval Pantry

Mainland Europe - most people had access to: Ham Acorns Fish Mollusks Fowl (chicken, pheasant etc) Carrots Onions Cabbage(Introduced to Western Europe from Cyprus in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.) Garlic Turnips and other root vegetables Legumes Potatoes (Introduced to to Europe by 16th... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Myths and Miseries of Medieval Dining

If you rely upon Hollywood to educate you on the dining habits of those in period you would come away thinking that they ate a diet heavy in meats and fats, nearly devoid of vegetable matter, they were slobs, had no table manners whatsoever and treated the poorer classes like swine. This is what it... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Name Game

In the SCA, it is important to choose a name for your persona. I tell everyone to play for a few months using a generic kind of name without a surname until you know your character. I did not follow my own advice. I have been playing under the name Brigid Ein Tiernan since my very first day. I had a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Happy Birthday, Hidden Mountain!

The huge birthday celebration for our mountain and the investiture of our new Baron and Baroness, Thylacine and Adendra, went off without a hitch. And for me, it was a pretty big day too. I came to the event with a table full of jewelry to sell and gifts of jewelry to give. Baroness Adendra recieved... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hafla in retrospect

Hafla went off very smoothly and in fact, I was amazed because I was working troll (taking in the money and making sure everyone was documented) and this was the largest local event I had ever seen. There were nearly 70 people there (usual events are about 40). I am proud to say that I won a prize... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Arts and Sciences - competition for the mind and the artisan

Hafla will be this weekend, and like many SCA events there will not only be martial arts competitions, but for those not inclined to do battle, there are Arts and Sciences competitions. There will be a competiton for first time garb makers, glass bead classes and comptetions and there will be a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Looking Forward to Hafla

Hafla is the party that the barony throws for the outgoing baron and baroness and ours is coming up the last weekend of this month. Unlike other events this is really more like a party. Members give gifts to the outgoing royalty, there is lots of singing and story telling (the bigger the story the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Barony has choosen its new leaders

You know, every time I get disconcerted with the politics of either my mundane life or my SCA life something happens to surprise me. Mistress Adoh Adendra Marland and Baron Thylacinus Aquila of Dair Eideand have been elevated to the post of Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Hidden Mountain.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The other side of the SCA - Meetings, Meetings, and more meetings

Don't get me wrong, I love everything abou the SCA but the meetings can be nerve wracking. If you are joe shmo populous its pretty cool to be there and add your two cents but I am nuts. I hold two Canton offices and a baronial office. I have to have something to say even if I have nothing to say.... Sign in to see full entry.

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