Feast Menus

White Hart XX Menu

This year was the 20th Anniversary of the Tournament of the White Hart in the Shire of Port Oasis. I was honored to prepare the food for the day. I had the amazing THL Cas and my awesome friend Rick in the kitchen with me for the weekend, with my love THL Darian helping with prep and plating. I had a great time in the kitchen, learned some things, got a little silly, and am ultimately looking forward to my next venture. As always, offerings are marked GF for gluten-free and V for ovo-lacto vegetarian.

White Hart XX Menu

Breakfast
Waffles (V)
Flour, eggs, sugar, milk
Oatmeal (V, GF)
Oats, egg, milk, sugar, cinnamon, butter
Eggs (V, GF)
Fruit (V, GF)

Lunch
Ale & Onion Soup (V)
Onions, Guinness, vegetable stock, butter, salt
Beef & Barley Soup
Beef, barley, onions, beef stock, parsley, sage, salt
Bread (V)
Butter (V, GF)
Butter, parsley, sage

Dinner
First Course
Meatballs
Beef, pork, onion, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, ginger,
cinnamon, mint, parsley, salt, pepper
Quiche (V)
Egg, mushroom, leek, butter, cream, salt, pepper, flour
Salad (V, GF)
Lettuce, vegetables

Second Course
Roast (GF)
Beef, pears, raisins, onions, carrots, red wine, butter, thyme, salt
Cameline Sauce (GF)
Red wine, vinegar, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, sugar, salt, corn starch
Minted Peas (V, GF)
Peas, mint, sugar
Bread (V)
Butter (V, GF)
Butter, parsley, sage

Third Course
Cherry Pie (V)
Cherries, port, sugar, flour, butter
Whipped Cream (V, GF)
Cream, sugar, vanilla

Leihen Helvetia! 2016 Feast Menu

For this year’s Helvetia, we’ve decided to tone down the menu, and which is a perfect excuse to get cheeky with a pub food-themed menu! I’ll be working with THL Cas this year, and I’m pretty excited about it! There will likely be some small additions, and I haven’t nailed down which sauces I want to serve yet, so those will come in time. But for now, here’s our offerings for this year’s Leihen Helvetia! Offerings are marked GF for gluten-free and V for ovo-lacto vegetarian.

Saturday breakfast:
Scrambled eggs – GF, V
Sausage
Toast (French & regular) – V
Waffles – V

Saturday lunch:
Ale & onion soup – V
Pork shoulder – GF
Bread – V

Saturday dinner/feast:
Chicken with sauces – GF
Red cabbage – GF, V
Fladen (flatbread pizza)
Pipefarces (breaded fried cheese sticks) – V
Veggie sticks – GF, V
Italian bread pudding – V
Pears stewed in wine – GF, V

Marek’s Vigil Food

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Photo by Lord Sasson

For Marek’s vigil at Ice Dragon, I had the task of creating a Viking-themed spread. This wasn’t as easy as one may imagine, because most of their food was boiled or otherwise cooked in a pot in some way, cheese wasn’t incredibly common, and fish was prevalant near the coast. None of these things are particularly helpful, so I aimed for derivatives.

I used my recipe for Keftedes (meatballs) as for Baron Janos’ vigil, but used beef and pork this time. I used 6lbs of meat and filled a crockpt to bursting with them and somehow had meatballs left over.

Angel’s food is a modern take on a sweet Viking cheese that calls for simply mixing honey and ricotta. I served it with berries and wheat crackers.

The rest was fairly derived but made for good snacks — slices of cheese, crackers, lightly roasted herbed almonds, pickles, figs, and raw berries, apples, and pears.

I am very thankful to Sir Ian for providing his delicious baklava, to Lady Aine ny Alain for her bacon wrapped dates stuffed with feta cheese in a garlicky balsamic vinegar reduction, to Lord Sasson for the strawberry jam and shortbread cookies, and to Mistress Bryn for the white-belt sugar cookie.

Leihen Helvetia! 2013 Feast Menu

Helvetia 2013 Feast Menu

First Remove
Breads
Flour, butter, oats, cranberries

Flavored butters
Butter, parsley, sage – Butter, honey

Soft Cheese
Milk, chives, onion, lemon juice, salt, pepper

Second Remove
Stuffed eggs
Egg, sage, salt, pepper, saffron, butter, honey, vinegar

Cabbage salad
Red cabbage, onion, apple, honey, red wine vinegar, cloves

Apple tart
Apple, brie, black walnuts, nutmeg, cloves, brown sugar, brandy, flour, egg

Third Remove
Chicken with onion and bacon
Chicken, onion, bacon, garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil

Pork
Pork, white wine, chicken broth, apple juice, raisins, gluten-free soy sauce,
ginger, salt, pepper, corn starch

Genovese tart
Spinach, milk, olive oil, salt, pepper, flour, egg

Applesauce
Apple, sugar, white wine, cinnamon, ginger

Fourth Remove
Blackstone Mountain cakes
Anise extract, almond, almond extract, flour, egg, milk, cream cheese, powdered sugar
Raspberries, apples, caramel, cream, honey

Gluten-free cupcakes
Aniseed, anise extract, almond, almond extract, gluten-free cake mix, egg, milk, cream cheese, powdered sugar

Leihen Helvetia! 2012 Feast Menu

Preparing the menu for the inaugural Leihen Helvetia! event, set in the Swiss-German town of Helvetia, WV, was my first introduction to Das Kochbuch der Sabina Welserin (1553). This was also my first completely period feast, and it derived mostly from that cookbook. I was beyond excited to find that funnel cake was period, and I think those who attended were pretty happy about it as well.

Helvetia 2012 Feast Menu

First Remove:
Cheese pasties
Mushroom pasties
Cheese & cranberry pasties
Beef & barley soup

Second Remove:
Roasted chicken with onions, pears, bacon
Venison in a sauce
Genovese tart
Applesauce

Third Remove:
Strauben
Snow
Fruit preserves

White Hart XV Feast Menu

White Hart XV in 2012 marked the first full year I’d been in the SCA, and I found myself heading up the kitchens with an event themed for 16th Catalonia. Talk about intimidating. I only knew enough of a lot of things to be dangerous in regards to research, budgeting, menu planning, etc., and worrying about different food allergies was almost overwhelming. Lord Bressal Macculloch was my guide for this journey, and he encouraged me that, since I couldn’t find enough recipes for a period menu I’d be comfortable with cooking, to just go with the theme and have fun. So, with the input from many others, I did.

White Hart XV Feast Menu

First Remove:
Bread, cheese, meats
Salad
Rabbit and apple quiche
Mushroom and leek quiche
Rabbit and leek quiche
Bouillabaisse
Pea soup

Second Remove:
Roasted chicken
Romesco sauce
Peas and onions
Vegetarian paella
Fish-only paella
Paella (everything)

Third Remove:
Unsweetened custard with figs and a honey sauce
Aztec drinking chocolate
Cinnamon chocolates

 

2015 Blackstone Mountain Twelfth Night Feast Menu

I became Seneschal of my barony in 2013, and ever since donning that particular hat, I’d wanted to resurrect the Twelfth Night revels that had gone the way of the dodo long before I joined. So when a member of our populace decided to step up and autocrat it for me, Lady Odette d’Arques and myself jumped on the chance to make this small feast, which was accompanied by a potluck-style day board and a dessert competition throughout the day. Odette was responsible for most of the feast, but I again tapped the resource of my father and stepmother’s rural farm for the venison pie.

Blackstone Mountain Twelfth Night 2015
Salad
Lemon duck with root vegetables
Grape sauce
Minted grapes
Venison pie
Minted peas