Culinary Symposium

A picture of the lovely Julilla Sempronia cooking over coals at the AnTir Culinary Symposium this past April. The class she taught was very well received too.

Making the Haversacks for Gulf Wars was especially fun as TRMs asked us to use Scythian zoomorphic designs as our basis.  Researching Scythian is always a blast, and this was no different.

Inspiration for the bags:

Scythian Mountain Goat
(Saddle stuffed with deer and made with felt, appliqued with a griffin seizing a mountain goat.)

Scythian Stag
(Half-inch high plaque, a panther attacks an animal that is part horse, part eagle, part lion; it's antlers and tail form birds' heads.)


Haversacks back here - picture heavyCollapse )

Edited to add:
After 3 weeks, all seepage had ceased. It no longer seeps, but stays completely within the earthenware. The surface looks and feels slightly moist rather than dry however. All the microscopic pockets must have filled up.
Less than 1/4 tsp. of oil was lost overall.
Earthenware obviously stores olive oil, just not as the modern cook expects it to.

Alas, after over 3 days the olive oil has seeped through the base of the earthenware pot onto the paper napkin. It's dampness rather than a puddle. I suspect that the seepage will stop when the clay body is filled/has reached it's capacity of oil.

Ancient potter's wouldn't have wasted it on a simple earthenware pot, but a way to keep it earthenware and prevent it from seeping on the counter would be a coat of terra sigilatta on the base.

The stoneware pot stands unfazed.

Change of subject:
Anyone else going to KA&S this year?
We have about 8 going from Lyonsmarche

Fimbilvinter A&S

Norse Tunic by Katla Jamkona


Hais by Habibi Biat Macahara, An Eastern wayfarers food.

Wapon Salve by Takakane

seeping and smoke flavor
I poured olive oil to sit in two small ceramic jugs. One earthenware with only glaze on the interior & neck and the other in a higher fired and glazed overall jug. I wanted to see how much the olive oil would seep through the pottery.

The small jug on the left is higher fired, (out of period firing west of China). The jug on the right is earthenware, it's obvious how the olive oil soaked into the walls of the pot. The base is thicker clay and when this picture was taken after about 1 & 1/2 days it hadn't permeated through leaving the base a slightly lighter color. There is no evidence of the olive oil actually seeping through onto the paper napkin. The exterior of the little jug has no feel of oil. It appears to be staying within the ceramic.

After 2 days the earthenware jug has olive oil soaked through even the base now, although the exterior is not oily to the touch and has not left oil on the paper napkin under it. The exterior of the stoneware jug is not at all effected.
I've always suspected that is what would happen to amphorae, which were unglazed earthenware.

But an unexpected find was that the earthenware pot had been exposed to smoke although I washed it before putting oil in it and I noticed no scent. However, with the olive oil permeating the clay body the smell of the smoke is very strong. The smoke must have stayed in the porous ceramic body. This makes me wonder how much a slight, lingering flavor of smoke effected the foods that were cooked or stored in ceramics in as much as all pots were fired with burning fuel? Especially earlier pit-fired pots.
Of course foods that were cooked over the fire would be smokey flavored anyway, but this smoke might have been also infused during storage and cold food preparation.
Cooking in a much used pot could also infuse into the new dish, foods that were cooked in it previously.
How much difference would this make our recipe redactions created in a modern kitchen? I would suggest a noticeable difference.


Wool Largesse bag with an embroidered Scythian creature


Wool Largess bag with Scythian animal sent to Ursulmas 2011
This was the first time that I have tackled such a big project.  This wool largess bag was delived to Ursulmas 2011 along with other largess items from The College of Lyonsmarche.

The black, red and white trim is wool made on my inkle loom.  This was my first time weaving with wool and it was certainly mor
e challenging than prior cotton trims than I had made.

The grey wool bag size is 12.5" W x 13"H. 

The Scythian "monster" creature was from a tatoo found on a frozen body. It is an understatement to say that the embroidery was more than I planned to do, but I loved the results.  Outlining something embroidered goes quickly, but filling in sections takes a good bit of time.  I used a stem stitch to outline, a split stitch to fill in my carnivore creature and a blanket stitch to assemble the wool bag.


Wooden Viking Style Boxes
I've been following this blog for a while now. I really love seeing all the stuff that people are making! Mistress Morgaina has convinced me to post pictures of my work, so here it is. This is one of three viking style (sort of) wooden boxes I made over my winter break. The top of the boxes are about 1.5" narrower than the base and stand about 2" off the ground. They are made from 12x1 pine planks with leather hinges attached with copper rivets. I'd love to hear any input anyone has on these. 

- Istvan Gyori

12th Night 2012 Site Token

The bottom of the token is the sprue, it will be removed. The token is in the form of a pendant.

Largess for TRMs
Her Majesty requested largess bags with images of Sythian animals. The image I used was a recumbent stag with bird antlers. It was originally a gold plaque that looks like it had been sewn or attached to something else. There are several examples of the bird shape in antlers of other animals, I really like those crazy birds.

This is the Stag Bag with some of the largess I am including. The small cup is a guinomi (traditional sake vessel), a handmade brush with buck tail bristle, and a candle holder.



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