Norse food has a poor reputation in the SCA for being largely inedible. It's not anyone's fault, the Norse were often living in inhospitable climates where food was food and it kept you from starving. This has led to such modern cultural delicacies as smoked sheepshead and the bane of my childhood, Lutefisk. This post will go through my process for developing a lunch menu that was interesting and appetizing while staying as true as possible to what we know of the Norse diet.
My next entry in the Principality A&S Championship is a small notebook in a simple limp binding. Read on to learn more!
Reproduction of the Type 8 Chain described and shown in Birka II:3.
De re coquinaria, sometimes attributed to Caelius Apicius or Marcus Gavius Apicius, is a collection of approximately 500 recipes written in Vulgar Latin. (Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome, by J. Vehling, 1926, page 18.) The dating of the manuscript is tricky, the oldest extant manuscript, currently held by the New York Academy of Medicine, … Continue reading Figgy Piggy documentation (De re coquinaria, recipe 287)
I made a hat.
An update on the (slightly fantastical) Viking gown for the sister. And a clarification of it's general lack of historical evidence.
This isn't really a "home life" related article, however, it's a topic of interest (to me) and was a lot of fun to write. If you're interested in a bit of information on medieval diplomatic practice, read on! As territorial Baronesses in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Clare Elena and I are responsible for swearing … Continue reading On Writing a Letter of Credence
The sister (who lives far away) is coming with me to an east coast coronation in April and needs something to wear. So (slightly fantastical) Viking it is.
The Book of Brome (Beinecke MS 365, f. 1v) includes a word game that relies on a simple cypher (and, alas, isn’t very nice to the ladies). This puzzle provides some insight on how the literate classes entertained themselves and is not at all dissimilar to the cryptoquote puzzle in our local paper. I've included a short discussion and hint for its solution under the cut.
How to build a warping board out of PVC.