[Sca-cooks] Sugar Paste and Chocolate!

Elise Fleming alysk at ix.netcom.com
Sun Jul 19 11:42:02 PDT 2009

Greetings!  Dame Hrefna karsefni, from Atenveldt, sent me three links 
for photos of some subtleties that she had done.  She had attended a 
make-shift, extra, sugarpaste class that I did at Estrella two or so 
years ago.

She wrote in her message:

"...here in the Barony of SunDragon in the Kingdom of Atenveldt, there 
was held a fabulous Tudor Feast (known as "The Big Feast"). It was 
wonderful. I had volunteered to make 3 of the projects, little blue 
ceramic salt cellars, marzipan beets (to go on plates with a beet tart 
slice and a cheese tart slice), and I illuminated a sugar paste plate 
(the plate itself was made by Katheline van Weye the coordinator of the 

"Because of your class and the direction I got from you therein, I was 
able to be very confident with the painting of the plate with gel food 
colors. It was a smash hit! Literally, Ryan Dollas (Katheline's hubby 
and the M.C. for the day) presented the plate at the end of the second 
course and walked it around to every table so everyone could see. Then, 
he presented it to His Excellency of SunDragon, Robert, with a small 
mallet and the audience gasped with horror! It was awesome! The plan 
from the beginning had been to smash it, so I knew what it was in for. I 
then yelled, "Smash it! Smash it!" and everyone then knew it was truly 
doomed. Ryan then passed around pieces of it and people ate it and 
played with it. I even know one gentleman who was going to take his 
piece home because he didn't want to ruin it. My table then discovered 
that if you stick the painting side down on your tongue, you can get a 
temporary tongue tattoo, so naturally, I went up and showed the Baron & 
Baroness (who got a great kick out of it), and soon everyone was trying 
it. It was a good day!

Here's a link to the pics of the plate:

Here's a link to the marzipan beets:

Here's an unrelated link to last year's Chocolate Revel (held by the 
College of Brymstone), for a miniature portrait I did on the back of 1/2 
a Hershey bar in chocolate. (I did win the best use of chocolate in a 
subtlety with it.):

Hrefni said that the ones with the dragees are the chocolate item(s). 
The other is the original.  She used "melted chocolates and crummy 
plastic paint brushes and just painted it freehand off the original 
directly onto the back of the Hershey bar."

I am just floored by her work!

Alys Katharine
Elise Fleming
alysk at ix.netcom.com

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