Mango pie

Uber-tasty mini-mango pies

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While some people are busy doing important things with their lives, others cook.  And food is important, trust me on that.
Anyways, these little pies are not medieval, but would be perfect for a fantasy inn… or you know just with coffee… several times a day.

You need:
1 large mango.
 A cup of grated coconut
some cream. 

For the dough:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of sugar
a teaspoon of baking soda and two large spoons oil

Mix all the ingredients for the dough, knead a few times and set aside. Peel and core the mango, then cut it into small pieces.

On a large surface spread the dough, using a large glass or a small cup cut circles.  Place each circle in a cupcake form, fill with mango, top with coconut and a spoon of cream. Close. Repeat until you have as many pies as you want. Bake at 200C for 20 minutes or until ready. Praise Medievalisticals and enjoy….

 

Medieval mead

Medieval Mead Brewing

The tavern grounds at Cherven medieval camp.

Well, it`s the time of the year when we usually brew something. This time it`s mead. We`ve had the honey ready and waiting for months. Last week I finally found the time to brew some “medovina” as we call it.

Don`t forget to take out the white foam.

just some herbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not the first time me and Viktor have made this type of drink. I think this is our third year in brewing. We have learned the method from our friends from Modvs Vivendi medieval society. They’ve translated it from some authentic medieval books.

So, here is what we did…

Take 1 part honey and 4 parts water, and put them in a large pot. Usually, that means a jar of honey and four jars of water. Stir the honey up, until it dissolves in the water. After a while, you will notice that there is white foam forming on the surface. Use a large spoon, and get rid of it.

Half the mead that we have brewed was made according to a German recipe. It makes medieval mead taste more like modern beer because the recipe includes hops and sage. We’ve also added some lime-tree (Tilia).

The second part of the mead was experimental. We used fresh and dried apples, cinnamon, cloves, and some dried fruit peals from oranges and lemons. Once the water comes close to boiling, put the herbs in, and let them sit for a while. After that, take the pot off the fire, and let it cool. When it`s cool enough to put your finger in, take some mead and mix a tea spoon of yeast in it. (One tea spoon is enough per 5 liters of mead). Remove the herbs, and put in the yeast solution.

After a few minutes, pour the mead in a fermentation container. We use plastic bottles of mineral water with home-made fermentation taps.
The fermentation process usually takes a little more than a month. After that, you can put it in bottles. We usually don`t manage to save any mead for later because we tend to drink it very quickly. So, if you have a gang of viking friends, don’t bother bottling it.

Now, the mead is fermenting quietly near my bed in large plastic containers with fermentation taps so that no air comes in to contaminate it. Sometimes, I open the containers to check the brewing process and taste the mead. So far, it’s awesome!

Vasil.

The fruity mead turned red, while the herbal stayed yellow.

Caramelized mushroom surprise

Caramelized Mushrooms Experiment

Today, I’ve decided to experiment in the kitchen. I used some medieval foods, spices and techniques, and this is what came up in the end – a caramelized mushroom rice dish.

First i sliced the mushroom, covered them in honey and fried them. Then fried 2 onions till they got brown, added a cup of rice and 4 cups of water and left it to cook. Meanwhile i chopped some parsley and added some spices to the mix. You can choose your own spices, i decided to make my dish hot, so i added some extra black pepper. Also i dropped something that was unlabeled, because it was handpicked, it smelled like mint. So yeah i added mint to the concoction:) When the water disappeared I added the mushrooms, the parsley and a handful of olives.

The result – a salty-sweet hot dish with a hint of mint. Don`t know if you like it, but I love it, just can`t get enough of those sweet honey mushrooms :)

Vasil.

Medieval pouch

14th Century Embroidered Pouch

This little piece of beauty is a 14th century pouch that has been embroidered painstakingly by Svetlozara Doksimova with silk. The basis of this medieval pouch is linen and cotton.

Medieval games

Figurines for Table-top Games and Byzantine Chess

And now for something different – byzantine round chess and some figurines for other games like alquerque, nine men morris and fox and geese.

Playing table-top games was a favorite past-time in the middle ages, when they didn’t have computers, or even widespread books. And no  reconstruction of the medieval life would be complete without a little something to past the time

Material : Clay. The boards for the games are made from plywood.

More photos:

 

Enjoy!
The games are made by Vasil Vasilev and Svetlozara Doksimova.

Medieval hood

Yet Another Hood


This is another hood we’ve just made. And yet again, like most of the other ones, it is not made mostly for reenactment, but for modern everyday use.
Turns out “dem hoodz” are really cool, and a lot of people enjoy wearing them on a daily basis. Nice, huh? A good medieval hood is comfortable, warm and serves as a scarf and a hat at the same time. It’s usually made of wool. Also, the hood can be lined with linen and decorated in various ways.

Vasil

Maciejowski tunic

Western European Woolen tunic – XI-XIVth centuries

Turns out, quite a lot of our post recently seem to be based on the ever-present Mac-bible. This one will be no-exception.  As I am working towards a reconstruction of a low-to-mid level knight in the time frame 1150-1250, this is just another element of it.
The tunic is made from 100% wool, machine-stitched and finished by hand.
As one can see from the pictures it really goes well with the red hood, so my next task (after i finish my winter hosen – stay tuned) will be to make an apropriate hood to go with this earlier reconstruction.

It will also serve as a base for my wizard’s personna for larping. How cool is that?
Also sorry for the bad quality of some of the pictures.

Viktor

Medieval gloves

Medieval Gloves – XIIth-XIIIth Century.

 So, I got some fine leather lying around and decided to make me some gloves.
I based them on images in the Maciejowski bible mainly.
Turns out the seam I used gives them a bit of a rough look.
I was pleasantly surprised that they keep warmth very good
The pattern is a mix of a historical one, and some tweaks here and there

Material: Fine leather, cotton thread. And they are hand-stitched.

Viktor
The obligatory pics:

Medieval buckler

Medieval Buckler – XII-XIV

Here is a buckler from the Second Bulgarian Tsardom.The buckler itself is based on images from the Televangelion of Ivan-Alexander, and the patterns on various murals.

Medieval knife