August 19th, 2009

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A squee-worthy book online

Thanks to Cindy Renfrow for forwarding the link to a new edition of the Anonymous Andalusian Cookbook (PDF, a Meg or two), the book I usually refer to as "the Manuscrito Anonimo". This is my *very* favorite of all period cookbooks -- in addition to having vast numbers of really good main dishes, it has extensive sections on drink syrups and desserts. It is edited by Cariadoc, and is basically a reorganized version of Charles Perry's translation. This version takes the previous edition, cleans up the English a bit and organizes the book into more logical chapters; the end result is definitely not a simple translation any more, but it's a damned useful-looking edition for working in this particular cuisine (13th c. Muslim Spain, IMO the best food of SCA period).

Highly recommended: the previous editions are probably the most-used cookbook in our substantial collection, and this looks easier to find your way around in...
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Mandatory fun can, sometimes, be fun

A helpful to reminder to myself: sometimes it can be done right.

This weekend was a tad nuts -- pretty much everything got scheduled at the same time, with the result that there were no less than seven different occasions we either wanted to or had to attend. In the end, the Mandatory Fun mostly shoved out Voluntary Fun that we would have liked to do (like herooftheage's 21st century party or going to Shakespeare with ladysprite). But at least the Saturday case worked well.

Note for people who schedule company parties: beaches are good. msmemory's company decided to hold their summer party at Hampton Beach State Park in NH, and it was one of the best company parties I've been to. The weather was perfect: hot and sunny, but with a strong sea breeze that kept things from getting unbearable. The outing managed to be kid-friendly without being kid-centric: blowing up a lot of beach balls and handing them to the kids pretty much kept them occupied for the whole time. Nobody made any long-winded speeches, so once we were done with lunch, we could actually go for a long walk on the beach.

So points to the company. Getting to wander through the surf and look at random starfish is way better than the usual rubber chicken and small talk...