Sunday, January 16, 2011


A quick follow up to my previous post. I need to work my calligraphy, I am out of practice. I also need to get a C5 & C6 nibs as they are what works best for me. I have a C4 but it's on the larger size, that I don't like. Until the ones I want come into the store (sold out) I am using a calligraphy pen, where as the pen is nice because you do not have to dip and it is easy for almost any user, it lacks crispness.

There is also something fundamentally zen about dipping the nib into an ink well and blotting. You can almost feel a connection through the years to a monk or nun that was also sitting and dipping their pens into their ink wells.

That is all I have on calligraphy for now :)

Life intervenes, so cram everything into 1 month

Well I have not been able to much in the past few months, as my first semester of grad school took up a whole lot of time.

So in the last month I have been rather busy. I decided our Barony should give out scrolls when their Excellencies award the honour of inducting someone to the Order of the Sable Bell. I am not one to say "yea someone should..." So I created 4 scrolls for their Excellencies use, showed them to yesterday and they were pleased. Yea! So now I will be doing scrolls for the Barony. See images below, I did them in pen and ink in honor of the "Sable" bell.

what else am I doing? Well Dayboard for Bellringers, the Barony's Birthday, what am I making I think very yummy food, we shall see what the verdict is...this is my first attempt at food for the masses at an event.

Fruited Brisket: onions garlic, pomegranate juice (replaced wine), brown sugar, crystallized ginger, ginger, flour, salt, pepper, dried fruits.

Tart on Ember Day: onions cheese, currants, sugar, ginger, parsley, cinnamon, egg,

Hard Boil Eggs

Vegetable soup: tomato juice, water, broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, garlic, oregano, carrots, celery

Sallat: Turnips, parsnips, beets, almonds, filberts, cabbage, prunes, dates, raisins, pear, apricots, plums and mustard dressing

Bread with honey butter, and thinking I need a savory herb butter as well.

Lavender Vanilla biscuits: Lavender, vanilla, butter, flour, powered sugar

Mulled hot cider & iced tea

So that is the menu and my busy life, the menu is actually a vegetarians dream.