My Take on a 9th Century Feast—-Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A while back I read a whole wonderful series about the Saxon-Danish era in Engleland. (Angle Land) Now known as England.

The Circle of Ceridwen Saga (taken right from her webpage  Octavia Randolph)

Young women with courage. Swords with names. Vikings with tattoos. Warfare. Passion. Survival. Sheep. And Other Good Things…

Set in war-torn 9th century Anglo-Saxon Britain during the worst of the Viking predation, it tells the tale of the coming of age of 15 year old Ceridwen and her struggles to resolve the conflicts of divided political loyalties and the pull between heathen and Christian realms. The Saga continues on the Baltic island of Gotland in Books Four and Five, following Ceridwen and her circle into new challenges and adventures. Book Six returns us to Angle-land and the new generation.

Sidroc the Dane: A Circle of Ceridwen Saga Story
The Circle of Ceridwen: Book One of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Ceridwen of Kilton: Book Two of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
The Claiming: Book Three of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
The Hall of Tyr: Book Four of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Tindr: Book Five of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Silver Hammer, Golden Cross: Book Six of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
All the books are written by Octavia Randolph and a huge delight.  Octavia Randolph website is full of information and a free 9th-century Cookingbook(let)
 I created my first 9th Century meal in October using her cookingbook(let) and wanted to have another one using more of the recipes.
So Sunday I did!  This time I turned off all the lights, took out the silver candelabra and filled the tumblers with sparkling apple juice fresh from the big box store in town.
Then we feasted.
The menu was (and I forgot to take photos of the dishes…darn it!)

Roasted Pork with green sauce…which is delightfully yummy.  Everyone took one look at it and decided they were not going to like it.  But they all tried it and fell in love with the bright, fresh flavor.  In the cookbook, it is used on fish, but we had people who could not eat fish so I substituted the pork baked in a flour casing (which recipe I got from a Medieval cookbook I own.) FYI—you don’t eat the casing.

We also had the Roast Fowl, Two Ways, (I have hearty meat eaters in the family) The chicken was beautiful, moist and delicate to the palate.
Then, since I fix the Honey-glazed Carrots and Parsnips the last time, I went to my Medieval cookbook….(I own two books) and fixed Carrots with butter and thyme, very savory carrots. The kitchen smelled wonderful as everything baked in the oven.
The next dish was Browis, of which I used Oats, with carrots added for depth.  Browis was another dish everyone wasn’t sure they were going to like and fell in love with.
Browis was eaten for all meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner, anytime you were hungry.  It was the meal of all goodness.  We all agreed it was very yummy.
Then to finish it off I made Skyr.  A type of Norse yogurt on which I sprinkled cinnamon.
I used Cinnamon because our daughters are married and we don’t need to save for their dowry. 
Cooking like this has been so much fun.  Lots of work but very satisfying.
From my world to your heart,


I’m Sure Angels Paint the Sky—-Monday, December 4, 2017

I’m sure angels are in charge of painting the sky.  Although, there are those who would argue with me

Telling me the Angels have much better things to do than to sit around coloring the clouds and the air around the earth

That they have all the problems of mankind to deal with; are the messengers from God to us and in lots of cases our personal guardians.

So maybe they don’t.  Maybe it’s some totally scientific thing, which explains in complete and fascinating logic, how the sun lights up the clouds at either the beginning or the ending of a day…

It really doesn’t matter to me…for between the logic and the thought…between one heartbeat and the next…in that tiny space between….I like to think there is a place for spirit to reside with the sensible.

From my world to your heart,



A Gift from Milan—-Sunday, December 4, 2016

Charlotte, from Milan,  sent me two photos—-that wonderful golden light—that magical light that comes (sometimes, not always) at the end of the day:

milan-and-that-special-lighHere is what she wrote: “Thought you might like to see the very
urban version of the same light. It was right in our eyes. I was blissfully blinded by it.
It’s been raining hard for a week so it was so welcome.


This is my mutt Pepe; he was happy too.

Love from Milan,

What a wonderful gift all the way from Italy!

Thank you so much, Charlotte!

And now this magic light and cute dog are also a gift for you!

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,