Saturday, July 16, 2011

To War and Back

After the World Wide Knit in Public event, I spent the following Sunday pre-preparing our camp food for the end of the month. Dawn-Marie planned to camp with us, so I offered to provide the food and she helped by providing help in getting it all ready.

Here was our menu:

Lunch – Calzone (ended up being our dinner)
Dinner – Shepherd’s pie (defrosted and shared with the Murphy family) & pudding tart

Breakfast – Panchetta & Spinach quiche/ fighter biscuits
Lunch – handpies
Dinner – chicken curry with quinoa & lemon tart

Breakfast – Scotch eggs& hash/ fighter biscuits
Lunch – handpies/leftovers
Dinner – Lombard Soup and rolls & lemon loaf

Breakfast – oatmeal bake
Lunch – leftovers
Dinner – Pasta shells & sauce & lemon loaf

Breakfast - Oatmeal

I need to remember to pull out the first night's meal out of the freezer in advance and defrost. Keep it on ice to keep cool of course, but frozen solid, with no microwave to help you defrost before you warm it up, takes forever!!

We ate well as you can see. Brandon tried out some Portuguese Fry Bread as our rolls with the pasta shells. I'd tried my hand at making some homemade ricotta (very easy you should try it out!) and so cooked up a box of pasta shells and then stuffed them with my ricotta mix. We had a dinner that night out of the shells and I froze the rest of them on a cookie sheet, then bagged. I tried taking a German sausage package I had on hand for the Scotch eggs (not the link I was given, but will give you an idea of how to do it) and discovered that popping the sausage in the food processor and pulsing it back into a ground consistency wasn't going to be enough for this recipe. We tried to keep the sausage on the eggs, but they kept falling apart. Not enough fat in the sausage to help hold them together. So it became a 'hash' with the addition of potatoes. It all mixed well and was hearty in camp.

We tried our hand at making a 'weak mead' from a recipe shared here.  It came out sweet and very carbonated. Lisa liked it so much that she put in a request for a bottle of her own at the next event. There really was very little alcohol content and could very easily be drank as a 'pop'.

I let Brandon have the camera for the weekend, and for some reason no pics of the pavilion were taken. I'll fix that at the next event. I did get some undocumented spinning time on Friday in camp spinning for Tour de Fleece. Saturday I took Leeloo down and we watched the War scenarios going on. She was very fascinated by all the action going on and didn't appear to be intimidated by all the men in the various amour.

 Shadow Wolf Wood in his mask, you can kind of see the tattooing (if FB allows you to view) on his left arm.
I had Brandon take this photo, because I was just so impressed by how he rocked his look. Armour, hair, tattoo. I wouldn't want to take him him on.
Snuggling Leeloo in her pirate sweater, with Dawn-Marie and Larissa in the background.

Asim in his armour. He's looking good too!

Brandon knows what's going on here, but looks like its just one-on-one combat

Pretty shields and helmet


Don't you just love his helmet with the mohawk? I think these were some of the Spartans, but I can't say for sure. The Spartans we had as neighbors last year didn't come up. They were from the West and were not the host kingdom this year.

Dawn-Marie in my loaned apron dress. I'm in a simple gates of hell over dress walking Leeloo and heading through the merchants.
Shannon, Draven and Barry Murphy (Merrie and Joseph de Merrick). We were camped with them again this year. Draven is showing a cool scroll he got from a gentleman for correctly translating some runes on a tent in one of the encampments. Not an easy feat for many and most just ask. He impressed the owner who gave him part of another special tent to honor him. Pretty special and cool.
Here's a link to the event. I was a little disappointed, I'm sure there were some Arts and Science activities, but they weren't well advertised and I didn't see much going on in that area when I went to visit the Merchant's area. I know that there was the Hosen War like I did last year, but I had zero interest in making another pair for Brandon. I did bring some yarn for it in case I became inspired. I did get a pouch started and showed Shannon how to get started with using two circulars for doing socks and stuff. This helped me to at least cast on the second sock for my May socks. Yes, they aren't done yet!!  So behind.....

Overall, we had an enjoyable weekend. I learned I'll have to work with Leeloo and not reacting to big dogs. Sigh. I also learned that I want to pare down some of the stuff we're bringing and reorganize things. So that's been going on.

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