Some ‘Light’ Reading

The last month might as well have been called “Medieval-ary,” because that’s pretty much where my head has been. Not just with the food and drink experiements, but just my whole attitude. I’ve started to re-read Umberto Eco’s 1980’s classic, The Name of the Rose.  This is not a text for the faint-at-heart; it’s a…

Going Medieval, pt. 2

Every so often there’s a “news” clip about how some stranger is suing a Pop Star for stealing their song.  The argument is that Person A is the only person to have arranged notes or lyrics in a certain pattern, and Person B has wrongfully stolen said song and illegally profited from the same.  Person A is always serious…

Tasting the Ellis Cordial

Today was the day to test the Ellis cordial.  The details are here, but I figured that I’d post the results. In short, it was better than I’d anticipated.  The brandy has a berry color and because of the added sugar, has a very sweet berry taste.  What surprised me the most is that, for a…

Going Medieval

Eighteen months ago, I made a small jar of powder douce, a popular medieval mixture of various spices, that was used as a seasoning and rub for meat, poultry, and occasionally, fish.  I was very happy with it, until I realized that I’d made a huge mistake by including an ingredient that was not used…