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The Sew & Eat Historical Retreat 2019: More Food

I have a confession to make. I used up all my parent’s high speed internet 🙁 It took me less than two weeks! They have another two to go before next month’s allotment starts. I’m not even a very big internet user. It’s not that we watched movies or TV shows. I just uploaded photos… But they really aren’t big internet users, so didn’t have much of an allotment, and one enthusiastic daughter showing them new websites and fun things ran through it all… So, my next few posts are brought to you by “what images do I already have uploaded to my blog?” And what I do have is SEHR2019 food photos… So please enjoy the food! Friday Night: Medieval Cabbage & Barley Pottage A simple, hearty meal to fortify us after a long drive and unpacking and preparation. Saturday: An Edwardian Afternoon Tea (in Regency costume! We’re ok with mixing things up!) The cake is a Victorian rice flour cake from Great British Bakes. Perfect with strawberries, and gluten free! Cucumber salad: And …

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The NZ Sew & Eat Historical Retreat 2019: A Medieval Feast

I’m in the midst of planning an 8 course historical-meets-Hawai’i* Christmas Eve feast, so it seems like the perfect time to blog about some of the food we ate on our Sew & Eat Historical Retreat 2019**. The food was so amazing, and I have so many photos, I’m breaking it into two posts: one just on our Medieval feast, and one on the rest of the food. Nina was the mastermind of the Medieval feast: researching recipes, and orchestrating the cooking. I just contributed a few ideas and ingredients and chopped and assembled dishes and instructed. And Nina & Hvitr were responsible for the real showpiece of the night. Making it had been my idea, but I skived off and took photos while they made it (although I did make the emergency flour run to the grocery store 30ks down a small country road that made it possible). Menu: Mashed Peas Asparagus Breney (non-alcoholic version) Wild Rabbit & Barley Salad with Caramelised Russet Apples Purple carrots with ginger Not based on an exact recipe, …

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So you’ve made a historical costume: where do you wear it?

In my last post, I discussed some ways to get started in historical costuming: different strategies for tackling your first makes, and where to get help with making. But once you make a thing, you need a place to wear it! And that can be hard – especially if you don’t live somewhere with a lot of historical costume themed events. (I know all about this – NZ is fancy dress party central, but historical costume events are thin on the ground…) A lot of people get started making historical costumes because they have a specific event to go to, and want to be dressed up. If that’s you: you’re sorted! Just talk to other people at the event, and you’ll probably learn about more events to wear your historic costume to. A costume event is how I really got started in historical costuming: I made outfits for myself and a friend to wear to the SF Bay Area Renaissance Faire. However, I went for 5 years between my 16th c Flemish outfit for a …