I'm going to teach at the virtual university about prepping a feast. I had done a series of posts on the subject long ago and so I will endeavor to collect my thoughts (and the thoughts of some others) into something resembling a class. I do OK with leading discussions but the whole class thing still mystifies me. Maybe doing it virtually will help with my nerves and such.I do really well one on one or maybe with a small group. We will see what the interest is, could be no one even shows up and I worry for nothing.
Monday, August 10, 2020
March was the last physical event I went to. It was a good time with great people. I do so hope we get to do that again sometime soon (ish). As it stands there are no Kingdom level events until the new year. Things here in Europe have been on a slow incline. Likely due to the vacation season and hot weather. We will all be back in lockdown if this continues though.
I have had some family difficulties, but things are evening out on that front. But it has been a distraction and an addition to my anxiety. Covid too has heightened my anxiety and left an uncertain future in front of me. Schools all closed and employers stopped hiring. People are working from home and I don't have the skill set for that.Indeed most things I can think of need start up money which I just don't have. i feel stuck in this way.
My SCA life though moves forward. It has been 2 weeks since I received my writ to enter the order of the Laurel. I had begun planning the occasion for 12th night coronation in January but it has been cancelled. Now to contemplate an alternative which is quite difficult as there is nothing on the calendar at the moment. Plus my travel options are limited because in this time of pandemic my passport has expired and for a long time you could not get a renewal. Renewals have just now opened but they are back logged and the turn around time is unknown. Though a plus is I can do it via mail. Now to get it done.
Monday, March 9, 2020
As some may know I have had some important things going on in my personal life. My son has been 'sick'. I don't want to get into detail here but privately if you wish to ask me I will answer.
I had plans for this event but it was fraught with frustration and perils at every turn, but we made it! 2 weeks before the event is when my son got sick. I immediately cancelled his reservation knowing he wouldn't make it. I thought it would be my daughter and I . Then I had to cancel her reservation as I made a mistake in my calendar when vacation was (she was spending this one with her dad). Then due to my son's illness and having to be places to deal with that it was made apparent a week before the event that I would not make it in time to cook dinner on Friday night and I would need someone to do the shopping. Thankfully a solution was found. Thank you to Saidra who cooked from my instructions the onion soup on Friday night, and huge thanks to Robert who took her shopping for all my ingredients. Things worked out and it was great weekend all around.
I kept the menu simple, one of the simplest I had ever made. I was astounded at the onion pie's reception. It was decimated and the pans practically licked clean. The pumpkin was well received as well even though there happened to be leftovers, which were scooped up in the morning by people.
I was happy with the food that was made and at the pace in which we were able to work. We had plenty of time to rest or sit as we needed. I say we and it was truly only Bryndis and myself, but we never needed anyone else. After feast we did have some dish Fairies! Petronilla and Brian were fantastic and knocked out a ton of dishes. The fact that the dishwasher only takes 6 min probably helps with that!
The site, though shared was lovely and easy to organize. The kitchen adequate for what we were doing and well equipped. It is small and each half only has room for 2 or maybe three people. 2 was comfortable 3 would begin to make things tight. I would easily be willing to use that facility again.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
I am cooking this weekend and with the amount of recent stress the menu is simple and from my catalogue of things.
Soup of fresh peas *
@ Alternate dish for Kara
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Both are from Silkbaron.com. so far a lovely company with a wide selection of products and colors.
I am hunting for a blue to use as the trim preferably in velvet. Why is this proving to be so hard to do? I want it approximately 1 in wide. I am sure I will find it but really think I need to wait for the fabric to arrive so I can find the perfect shade.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
I wore Landsknecht because he made it for me. I wore it because he wanted me to. I was never comfortable in it. The wool was too hot and heavy, and I always felt frumpy. It was hard to cook in so I wore a shift or shirt and my apron. Slowly I decided on what I wanted, what suited ME. I took my acquired skills and made a new pattern. I used paintings of Italian kitchens as inspiration. I was after functional. Something I could wear and have movement in. I was deep into researching Italian cooking and felt it was the way I wanted to go and when completed I found the garb comfortable.
Recently I found myself overcome with a strange feeling. I am going to a crown event, Coronation, and I'm not cooking. My kids are old enough that I don't worry about them puking on me, or that i'll get messy changing them, or that I need to chase... long list short.. I no longer worry that my kids will trash my garb. It also hit me, I want to be PRETTY damn it! I am still lacking in confidence but I am moving forward with #makeMaggiepretty anyway. I have the drive to do this, I'm terrified but forward and onward.
So far I know the look I am aiming for and the approximate materials I want to use. I am hunting Dupioni, schatung, or taffeta, all silk. I will need cotton canvas for my 'innards' and will look for silk lacing cord. No rings in this one. The style has a small gap in the front of the bodice and is ladder laced. I could do it with rings but will try a different technique. Forward and onward!
#1 gold lacing, jewelry
Friday, January 24, 2020
I want to take you step by step though my process and then leave a 'blank' copy at the end if you want to copy, paste, and play fill in the blanks. I am also open to suggestions and available for questions.
Master of Defence
Think about food, Order of Precedence or not? Time limit for the people who are talking with you? How late do you want to stay up if it is a Friday night? Do you want to try to speak with everyone or …? This is your party and you get a say in how it goes!
Some details that you feel are important for people to know about you.
Some people have distinct ideas on what they do or do not want to have for a ceremony. Is the ‘standard’ one from the DW book of ceremonies ok? Do you have something more personal and tailored in mind… Your input goes here!
Does the order you are aspiring to have special regalia where input from you would be necessary (Cap of maintenance for OP, Cloak for Laurel, Belt/Chain/Spurs for knights)
This is where you state preferences that might not have been covered above. People who you would like to have advance notice of the event so they might be able to be there. People outside the circle who you think would be able to help with organization or information.
Master of Defence