[Sca-cooks] Regrettably Poor Royal Judgement

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Sun Jul 19 15:16:34 PDT 2009

Giano said:
<<< It is with a heavy heart that I must turn to the list to report on  
the deplorable lapse of judgement on the part of Drachenwald's crown.  
Yesterday they surpassed themselves by making known bookaholic and  
dangerously inept cake misdecorator Giano Balestriere a laurel. >>>

Congratulations, Giano!

With a message title like that I was expecting a big kingdom disaster  
like the King dissolving the largest principality/region in the  
kingdom or suddenly disbanding half a dozen shires or something.

<<< On a positive note, I am glad to report that my kitchen crew has  
passed through its trial-by-fire with extreme distinction. We came to  
a lovely, intimate site with space for maybe forty people comfortably  
- asked to cook for, by now, sixty. The site operators had promised us  
a clean and ready-to-use place, but if it hadn't been fpor a small  
advance team cleaning through the night, it would have been impossible  
to use.

There were two kitchens, regular home-kitchen size. In one, the  
stovetop was only powerful enough to heat opne medium-sized pot at a  
time. in the other, the oven blew out the main fuse whenever used.  
Plugging in more than one electric pot at a time also blew the main  
fuse, especially in the evening. Stick blenders could only be used in  
the bathroom or we'd back out. There was one useable cutting board and  
not enough serving gear. The refrigerator was tiny and weak. The eggs  
and chicken were delivered late, and their head cook got dragged away  
in the middle of preparations to sit uselessly in a tent somewhere.  
The assistant feast cook hasd to also take over lunch at the last  
minute when the lunch cook was rushed to hospital. The cooking laurel  
helicoptered in to hold everybody's hand during vigil had not been  
given the feast plan and work flowchart. Nonetheless, the feast was  

a) on time

b) broadly as advertised and

c) to general acclaim.  >>>

How did you/they pull this off? With more on how these things were  
accomplished, I think it might be a good example for the feast- 
disasters-msg file in the Florilegium.

<<< PS: I have the feast booklet text if anyone is interested. The  
theme was late period hanseatic. >>>

Please send me a copy of the menu and feast booklet for possible  
inclusion in the Florilegium. A report on what went well and what you  
would change the next time, here or by email, would also be appreciated.

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas          StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
**** See Stefan's Florilegium files at:  http://www.florilegium.org ****

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