7 Quick Takes (no. i*)

 

Our first 7 Quick Takes  Friday  ! (er, Sunday...)

Well, here we are, our first participation in the 7 Quick Takes fabulousness.

We have been up to all sorts of mischief adventures lately, and would love to tell you more about them.

Megan, take it away. Drum roll, please....

 

1. Megan here. I just got a really cool cookbook called The Medieval Kitchen, featuring recipes from France and Italy. The recipes look so yummy! I keep flipping through the pages looking for something to make, and I can't decide what ones I want to do most. I'm contemplating doing something a la "Julie and Julia" and make a recipe a day until I've gone through all of them. 
 
2. Then I discovered something utterly horrifying: ASPIC. Please excuse my convulsive shuddering. Perhaps you like aspic. I will not judge you. I will also not judge aspic. Because I will not eat it. I want to know what it is like to be a Medieval person. I want to know the way people thought, and prayed, and lived, and clothed and ate. Unless it involves aspic. Or jellied fish. I won't eat that either.
 
3. Speaking of what it's like to be a Medieval person... In case you missed it, both Janelle and I have been participating in what we call "Adventures in Medieval Lent". Here's a brief run-down: Short-Short version - Medieval Lent requires that you give up eggs, dairy, and meat, every single day except Sundays. Fish is still allowed. How is it going? I definitely won't say it's for everybody. But it is *really* hard to forget that it is Lent when you've given up half of the things you normally eat. Just finding the work-arounds reminds you of your fast, and in those moments I try to thank God or say a prayer.
 
4. Back to medieval cookbooks and why we are poring over them. Janelle and I are hosting our first Medieval Tasting Party, Lenten style! Mackarel with cameline sauce, fennel soup, herb fritters. We've invited some of our local friends and fans to join us -- sorry if you're far away! We still love you! Just pretend that we're eating an all-aspic dinner. (Drop us a line if your ever in the Seattle Area. We'll let you know if we have anything fun planned!). We are having this Tasting as a way of introducing our friends to what we are doing, and to show off our growing Paternoster collection in person.
 
Speaking of the Paternosters...
 
5. I don't have a picture yet, since Janelle just started stringing them, but we've designed a Paternoster that I'm very excited about. We're calling it the Penitential Paternoster. According to Alanus de Rupe, St. Dominic recommended a Rosary to a penitent knight. Telling him to use 5 marker beads (with 10 'ave' beads after each), the markers each had their own colors to represent a different meditation: Multicolored, for the multitude of sins, Pale-colored for the certain death in your uncertain future, Red for the final judgment, Black for hell, and Gold for the glory and joy of the Saints. It's especially cool to the history nerd in me, since there are documents that we can point to about how this one would be constructed. It's also one more great example of yet another way to pray a (medieval) rosary. The single standard set of meditations in use today is certainly not the only way the rosary was ever prayed.
 
6. Our newest Paternoster is one inspired by recent historic events that have a Medieval connection. When we heard that Pope Benedict the XVII was abdicating, we were saddened. But hopeful. If this is where God is leading Papa Benny, then, who are we to say no? In his honor, and of Pope St. Celestine (the last Pope who abdicated, to whom the Pope Emeritus had a devotion) and of course, for whomever will be the next Pope**, we have designed a Papal Paternoster. *Obligatory Link to the Shop*  Inspired by the centuries old Papal insignia, the gold and silver beads are representative of the crossed Gold and Silver keys. And just like there is a red cord tying the keys together, we have the beads tied on a Red Cord.
 
7. Last but not least, here is something lovely to listen to. 14th century French music, by Guillaume de Machaut. We came across it yesterday, c/o of our medieval Pandora station:

 

 

*Roman numero uno

**Conclave starts in two days! Adopt a Cardinal and sign up for the Pope Alarm!! We did.

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