[Sca-cooks] Non-SCA food passions?

Jim and Andi Houston jimandandi at cox.net
Tue Jun 15 18:25:42 PDT 2010

My current SCA food passion is the Nimatnama of the Sultan of Mandu. I'm
doing a high-auth feast from that manuscript in September for Trimarian 25th
year and have been testing recipes for *months*.

Non-SCA is a prolonged Eat Local Challenge. My family already buys 90% of
our produce and about 50% of our meat and eggs local, and dairy when we can
afford it. This year I have been sourcing more local staples and having a
blast doing it. So far I have found sugar, rice, honey, peanuts and pecans,
and some condiments produced by local farms. There's not much flint corn and
little grain grown in Florida but I'm still looking. I'm also obsessed with
Korean food and still trying to produce a palatable kimchi.

Neat question!

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Subject: [Sca-cooks] Non-SCA food passions?

I have to admit that I haven't been too involved with pure

historical food lately. I think I got a bit fried in my push to

get my Laurel. But that doesn't mean I've given up on food.


After living in apartments for most of my life we finally have a

house with a decent backyard. So I now have a garden that

is my pride and joy. I never thought I'd have so much fun 

puttering around in the garden, trimming, replanting, weeding,

watering, etc... But it is great to watch the stuff I planted

grow and produce edibles. So far the harvest has been a bit

weak, just some tomatoes, cucumbers and Apache Peppers, 

but the plants are growing and things are looking good for

the future. It's amazing the stuff I have planted in a 4'x4'

raised bed. 


My other big passion right now is charcuterie. The preservation

of meat, mainly pork products. But I'm really into making my

own bacon, sausages, confit, terrines and such. It will help 

once I get the really groovy smoker I've been saving my 

pennies for. But I just put 5 1/2 lbs of pork belly in the fridge

to cure, most of it is a maple cure but I have about 2 lbs

curing with garlic, black pepper and bay leaf for lardons and

salt pork. 


I'm still advising in cookery and cooking for gatherings (this

weekend I'll be doing homemade grilled pizzas and I'm planning

the food for a Tiki party we plan for sometime in July) and

even teaching. But right now my cooking passions are lying

outside of period.


So, what is your current foodie passion? SCA or otherwise?




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