Manchet, 1615

I’m teaching a course on the Renaissance and Reformation, and aside from looking at slide-shows of art and listening to recordings, there’s not a lot that I can do to enliven my students.  Or is there?

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…

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…

Mead News

After several months of indecisiveness, I opted to start yet another batch of mead.  This new batch will be a repeat of my original mixed berry mead.  While I had reasonably good results with other flavors, this version seems to be the most popular and the easiest – sometimes it just makes sense to stick…

Mead Follow-Up

Previously, I said that I’d mention my mead making process.  Well, here it is: The recipe that I use to make mead is not mine; it was given to me by someone – literally, a stranger – during a conversation on the subject.  That said, I’ve used the recipe several times, and not only does…

Making Mead

I have another blog (where I do go into a lot of “stream of consciousness” writing, hence my wanting to avoid it here) where I’ve talked at length about making mead.  I am not a drinker, but I because of my academic interests in the Middle Ages, I thought it would be interesting to replicate…