This was done for the Barony of Lions Gate A&S Defenders competition in February 2010. The competition was that your entry had to be related to your persona, and you needed one page of documentation to show that. I made Baked Venison and Cameline Sauce. I made two kinds of Baked Venison, one with salted venison and one with fresh. I served them with a cameline sauce. Here are the highlights of my entry:
When looking for a baked venison, or venison pie, recipe I found seven different recipes, sometimes from the same cookbook, spanning from 1393 till 1596. I have arranged them in order with my commentary here.
DEER VENISON. As this meat is tougher than fawn or goat, it must be parboiled and larded all along it: and in cooking, it must be put in plenty of wine, and when partly cooked, ground mace added; and it must be eaten with cameline. – Item, in pastry, let it be parboiled, larded along its length, and eaten cold with cameline. (Pichon)
In August of 2009 I subjected my friends to my attempts at Cameline sauce (a sort of cinnamon based dipping sauce for meat), and Mustard. I needed more practice with documentation and wrote this up as if it were for a competition.
15th Century Cameline Sauce
This recipe is from “Two Fifteenth Century Cookery-books: About 1430-1450” by Thomas Austin. I first found this recipe as the basis of Daniel Meyers’ Cameline sauce (Meyers). Instead of following his version of this (which was more of an amalgamation of several different Cameline recipes) I followed the given recipe.
Sauce gamelyne. Take faire brede, and kutte it, and take vinegre and wyne, & stepe þe brede therein,
and drawe hit thorgh a streynour with powder of canel, and drawe hit twies or thries til hit be smoth;
and þen take pouder of ginger, Sugur, and pouder of cloues, and cast þerto a litul saffron and let hit be
thik ynogh, and thenne serue hit forthe. (Austin)
This was done for the A&S competition at Lionsdale Champions in June 2009. The competition was “Rhymes with June”. My lady Kayleigh deLeis and I did this together. We won the competition.
The recipe we chose was from A Proper newe Booke of Cokerye which was published in 1557 in England. It is for a dessert tart made with prunes. We found a second source in The Good Huswifes Jewell, published in 1596 in England which we used to add a bit of spice to our adaptation.
To make short paest for tarte.
Take fyne floure and a cursey of
fayre water and a dysche of swete butter and
a lyttel saffron, and the yolckes of two egges
and make it thynne and as tender as ye
To make a tarte of Prunes.
Take prunes and set them upon a chafer
wyth a little red wyne and putte therto a
manshet and let them boyle together, then
drawe them thorowe a streyner with the
yolkes of foure egges and season it up wyth
suger and so bake it.
To make Tarte of Prunes.
Put your prunes into a pot, and put in
red wine or claret wine and a little faire,
water, and stirre them now and then, and
when they be boyled enough, put them into
a bowle, and straine them with sugar, synamon
(The Good Huswifes Jewell)
In June of 2009 my lady and I entered the Sealion War A&S competition. The theme was “War Rations”. We salted venison and salmon, then baked the salmon into a pie and grilled the venison. I’ll be giving snippets from the documentation here and attaching the full documentation at the end.
In war, the need to keep your troops well fed is an important necessity, but the long distances travelled to each battle requires some careful preservation and selections of such foods. As such the science points will be the best representation of period war rations. Points will be awarded to the rations that provides the best balance of nutrition/energy, best execution, and best documentation.
The supply train seems to have been a key part of medieval armies. The failure to cut off the English supply train during the siege of Orleans in 1429 for example nearly cost the French the city, and without aid from Jeanne d’Arc it would have (Kibler and Zinn). In the 13th century supply trains were so vital to the function of an army that Florence had a special guard unit simply to protect it (Nicolle and McBride). For this reason we have decided to focus ourselves on things that may have been carried in a supply train and cooked along the way.
I’ve decided to try my hand at the A&S 50 Challenge. For some background, here is a letter explaining the concept:
(The following is a letter Albreda wrote to introduce the concept behind the Challenge back in July of AS 42.)
Unto all good gentles of the Known World does Lady Albreda Aylese send greetings!
The Society for Creative Anachronism celebrates its 50th year on May 1, 2015, and that will be cause for much celebration. I am starting early, and I hereby invite you to join the party!