[Sca-cooks] Current farm prices and affects on feast budgeting
lilinah at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 19 13:15:37 PST 2008
>I hear you! The only feast I've cooked for the past 3 years has been the
>Middle Eastern feast. I do find, as Bear mentioned in a snipped part, that
>I tire out much easier now than I did some 25 years ago or so (I started
>late...I guess I was in my late 30's).
Hey, i joined the SCA at 50 :-)
>But somehow it all seems worthwhile
>when I hear that they're talking about the feast on the Middle Eastern
>And...I also go out into the hall after I'm done...not only to relax and
>visit with friends whom I have seen all day, but to hear commentary on the
>feast. I think my favorite Atlantian tradition is when the ruling nobles
>call the cooks out to thank them...and we usually get a standing ovation!
>That feels good!!! And yes, I am a ham...I also do theatre work, so this is
>very meaningful to me.
I gotta say that i was rather peeved a few months back.
As you all know, for the Fall Mists Principality Investiture I cooked
an Ottoman feast from period recipes and feast descriptions from a
French book that i translated into English. At some point in the
evening i was called out and thanked in a rather off hand way. I was
tired and my mind was on other things so i didn't really think about
the details. And i don't cook for the thanks - i do it because it's
an opportunity to do research and make good food.
But then a few weeks later when i was at a shire level feast, the
same Royalty not only had the cook called out but the entire crew -
which is what is usually the norm - and then gave them all coins of
So at that point i got quite irked - not that i was slighted, but
that my hard working crew had been slighted!
First, i was personally proud that only 4 of us had cooked the whole
feast for 72 who had RSVP'd (although it turned out only about 48
showed up because of the weather), with one dedicated washer-upper,
and assistance by my consort early in the day (he had other things to
do once court started). Second, one of the cooks had driven a long
way to help me make hundreds of little pastries a couple days before.
Third, another of my crew had made an absolutely fabulous completely
edible subtlety of the gardens of the Topkapi Palace. Then we four
made hundreds of meat balls and manti on site - because i'd been sick
for 2 weeks before the feast, and couldn't make them myself. And
finally, for the fourth of my cooks this was her first time in a
feast kitchen. So they all definitely deserved to be seen and thanked.
Let me add that the Princess is someone of long experience and had
already previously been royalty several times before this and that
the P&P already had their reign's coins because my consort is the
Principality Moneyer and he had given them their sackful during the
If the Royalty didn't like the feast, fine, please let me know you
are dissatisfied and tell me what was wrong. I'm the Head Cook, i can
take the heat.
But don't snub my crew!
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita
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