Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Book presentation of the Taste of the Middle Ages

Instead of taking a much needed weekend off, like we had initailly planned. We went to the book presentation of our friend Marrie Niemantsverdriet and Lena Mariiesdochter last Sunday. Not only was it a chance to visit the open air museum in Eindhoven in medieval costume. But also the chance to pick up a signed copy of the book, have some delicious medieval food and chat we other friends who where there as well. The added bonus was that we where there as visitors and as such not obligated to entertain or educate visitors. So we decided that technically it still counted as a day off for!

One of the authors with a copy of the book

Signing books is hard work

The co-authors has to sign as well, ofcourse!

Eindhoven Museum has always been a magical place for us.
To be there again felt like coming home.

Here I am sitting beside a late medieval Noble Lady.

The company of friends and good food.
Could life be any better?

When we did demonstrations in the museum,
we never got around to take pictures in the 15th century Inn.
So this time as visitors we took our chance!

Unfortanetly the book is only available in Dutch (for now). If you can read dutch it's definitely worth to buy it. Although the recipes and obtained flavours are authentic, they are simple and clear. And without the hard-to-find ingredients most other medieval recipes have.

You can find the book ; De Smaak van de middeleeuwen, bourgondisch banquette voor beginners, here.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Small projects

I have a lot of small projects of projects that need finishing. Here are some of the things I've done.

This broomstick lace scarf has been finished and blocked for quite a while now, I just hadn't gotten around to making a picture.

And I finally made a black velvet belt to with my antique silver plated belt buckle. I am quite happy with the end result.

It will be a nice finishing touch when I wear it with my 1840's -1860's wrapper I made last year.

Here are some examples of victorian ladies with belts over there dresses.
I am sure the dress in the first picture is a wrapper. 
I am not about the dress in the second picture.

I found these pictures on pinterest and
couldn't trace the source.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Back from the Vikingmarket at the Archeon

Last weekend we attended the vikingmarket at the Archeon. The weather wasn't great, but I ate too much, slept too little. Talked to a lot of people but not nearly all of the people I wanted to speak. I came back home tired but inspired!

You need a leather viking raincoat these days, 
'cause when it rains it pours!