[Sca-cooks] SCA 50th Anniversary Challenge

Saint Phlip phlip at 99main.com
Sun Jul 20 16:22:00 PDT 2008

Well, it doesn't necessarily hafta be 50 things simultaneously ;-) I
accepted the challenge last fall, and in my case, I'm going to teach
50 students smithing. Carowyn made me a scroll out of copper, that
I'll be having my students sign. Anybody wants a smithing lesson,
please come to my forge in SPCA camp, in W10 ;-) But, if I tried to
teach 50 students at the same time, there's be no room around the
forge, and I wouldn't be able to do a decent job.

But, for those who want a cooking challenge, how about redacting 50
recipes? Or, making 50 recipes you've never tried before? Or, for some
of us, making 50 variations on a common recipe- 50 soups, or 50
variations on something like blancmange, or 50 Arabic recipes. The
thing about something like this, is you need to challenge yourself.
What can you find to do, that will make you better at what you do?

On Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 5:13 PM, Kingstaste <kingstaste at comcast.net> wrote:
> Wow, you guys seem to have started on the Pennsic Season Weird Topics Thread
> way early this year, can Twinkies be far behind?
> Ahem.
> I just returned from our Royal University of Meridies event, which was very
> nice.  Held on a small college campus in Pulaski, TN, all of our classes
> were held in the comfort of a/c, which was a blessing.  At the Pel meeting,
> Mistress Solvieg brought flyers for the 50th Anniversary A&S Challenge.
> There is a call out for people to start working on something that represents
> 50, has 50 pieces, is done 50 times, etc.  One example was a lady making 50
> small knitting samples to show various medieval techniques, or a household
> making 50 pieces of Kingdom Regalia.  Another idea put forth was cooking 50
> medieval recipes.  His Majesty Caspar of Merieides looked at me and said
> "Christianna could make 50 things to eat!".  A while later as I passed His
> Majesty on the way out the door, he said "so remember, 50 things for Me to
> eat!".  So it seems I have been given a personal challenge.  Our Meridian
> 30th Year Celebration is scheduled to coincide with our Fall Coronation
> event, so I thought it would be nice if I could make a trial run at whatever
> I am going to do and present it to His Maj as they step down.
> So now my quandary is, 50 of what?  50 bites of any food is a lot, so
> whatever it is has to be able to keep (presuming not all of it would be
> consumed at one go).  Candies or tarts or something finger-food sized comes
> to mind, perhaps 50 pieces of the same item would be ok, although I like the
> idea of 50 different somethings.  I have thought about candied confits, but
> don't honestly think I can come up with 50 different spices/flavorings (like
> orange peels) to candy.  Sauces - hard to hold.  I could carve His Majesty's
> arms on 50 almonds .. ok, let me stop and sit down for a minute here - lol.
> So, since the list seems to have nothing else in the way of period foods to
> talk about, I thought I would float it here.  I don't know if anyone else
> has heard about this challenge yet, and if not, consider this your first
> notice, and what might you do to participate?  As far as I know there is no
> one set contest or deadline in mind for this, although there probably will
> be at some point closer to the date (A.S. L will be in 2015).  Let's
> brainstorm for a bit and see what sort of weird ideas we can come up with.
> With the talent represented on this list, I'm sure those ideas will take
> shape in some very creative ways!
> Christianna
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