[Sca-cooks] Results of Siege Cooking Competition at Battlemoor and thanks

Kathleen A Roberts karobert at unm.edu
Thu Jul 8 09:02:24 PDT 2010

Sorry this is a bit late getting out, but I have finally 
shuffled through the laundry to the paperwork.

First I would like to thank our wonderful judges for 
donating nearly three hours of their day (some pulled from 
the melee field)to this effort:  Mistress Monika von Zell 
and Mistress Gwen-Cat von Berlin (both cooks of great 
reknown, as well as their other many talents), HE Bjarki 
and Master James David (both eaters of great reknown, as 
well as their fighting and cooking skills). 
 Yourencouraging comments, good humor and delight in the 
dishes put before you made this a wonderful experience.

Second, a huge thank you to my intrepid assistant, Lord 
Tyron, who assisted in hauling and toting, filling bags, 
wrangling teams and tables. You made life very easy for 

Next, to the teams...

The Worchestershire Wenches (Caerthe) Marie, Magge, 
Rowena, Adriana
The Flaming Fontaine Ladies (Fontaine dans Sable) 
Alamanda, Angelina, Ana Kathryn, Emily, Alena
La Clairiete de le Nymphe      (al-Barran) Bronwen, 
Solvieg, WIllough, Jen
Blaiddwyn Fireflies (College of Blaiddwyn) Rab, Sile, 
Joey, Shaun, Amber

The winners were:  The Worchestershire Wenches
The Flaming Fontaine Ladies and La Clairiete de le Nymphe 
were tied for second place
The Blaiddwyn Fireflies came in a very respectable third.

A mere two or three points seperated the teams.  The teams 
knew the scenario beforehand, AND about 80 percent of 
their food items.  There were several 'surprise' items 
received that morning.  Three of the teams were new to 
siege cooking and said this was one of the reasons they 
signed up.  They didn't feel totally in the dark about 
what was coming at them.

The teams were given the usual staples of chicken, beef, 
eggs, butter, bacon, olive oil, vinegar, onions, carrots, 
garlic, split peas or lentils, apples, lemon, flour, steel 
cut oats, flax seed, salt, pepper, cone sugar, thyme, 
marjoram, cinnamon sticks, mustard seed and could bring 
one liquid dairy item of their choice (milk, cream, 

The surprise items were pig feet (cut up), turnips, 
candied ginger, dried figs/dates/apricots, dried orange
peel, beer and each team had one spice and one herb that 
no one else had.  Mistress Monika donated the turnips from 
her garden.

The highlights were a fruited dessert bread, lentil soup 
with turnips, herbed cheese made onsite, grainy mustard, 
butter made onsite, chicken pottage, beef roulade, herbed 

A good time had by all, and great food.  Very happy judges 
and coordinator waddled down the road (no doubt in search 
of a nap!)

Thanks to all who made it possible.  And a last thanks to 
husband Connor who put up with me chirping about this for 
months, and stood patiently by at Whole Paycheck while I 
bought a LOT of tiny amounts of things while giggling 

I had a ball!


"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which
sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
W. B. Yeats
Kathleen Roberts
Coordinator, Student Admissions
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
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