Re: [AandS50ChallengeCommunity] Cordials, Kumihimo, and Coordinator? Oh my!
- Cordials are great! They'll make you many friends around campfires.
:) I have a couple aging myself that will be part of this challenge -
one is a watermelon-vodka (the competition it's entering has some
interesting required ingredients) and another is a raspberry in brandy
with vanilla. All I can say is YUMMO!! I am looking forward to
enjoying these and also sharing them with others.
Last year for the same competition, I entered a Spiced Lychee vodka
cordial that to my surprise won the contest. Basically, we're given a
list of 10 ingredients that range from odd to common (this year's
includes raspberry, pepper/grains of paradise, vanilla bean, beet,
watermelon and more) and each entry must include at least 2 of them.
It's a lot of fun!
I hope you enjoy cordial making as much as I do!
On Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 6:08 AM, Carrissa Burge <sigfrds_lady@...> wrote:
> This might get posted twice - I don't know what I was thinking when I tried
> to post this - it's early, and I haven't slept much ...
> Greetings! Whew ... I realized it had been some time since I'd caught up
> with this list when I had twenty digests in my inbox. So I'm caught up now.
> May 1st is Siegfried's and my wedding anniversary, so it makes the
> Challenge's (and SCA's) birthday easy to remember! I put Coordinator in the
> subject line because I'd love to see our Kingdom (Middle) get a Coordinator,
> but not sure I want to take it on myself, nor that my hubby would let me!
> Update on my cordial "experiments" - success is mine!! Back info - I put
> rum over some leftover strawberries we used at work for a cheesecake, and I
> let it sit for a couple weeks (well, closer to a month). I also started a
> couple more - one with cherries/vodka-based, and one with
> rasperries/vodka-based, and a peach/vodka-based one. The first strawberry
> one (after straining through a single layer of cheesecloth over a wire mesh
> strainer, then filtered twice through a coffee filter) won RAVE reviews at
> our Baronial A&S meeting the weekend before last! I strained and filtered
> the others, and they taste delicious to me and my husband, and I can't wait
> to trial them at our Baronial business meeting on Thursday (no, not in the
> actual business meeting - it's in a public library - heh - but I will have
> some small bottles to give out). So there's one more skill learned, which
> makes for two. I've gotten so excited about it that I've added another
> "subchallenge" to that skill - make 50 bottles before the deadline! I will
> have to document each one in a database so I can keep track. So far,
> besides the ones above, I just started last week five more, including one
> with mango! (I know, not exactly a period fruit, but, hey, it EXISTED back
> then, didn't it? :>)) I don't want to post pics of the cordials, because I
> had them in Mason jars up until a couple days ago (everyone kept making fun
> of me for the Mason jars, so I invested in some EZ cap bottles and will keep
> them in there). But I will try to take photos of them doing their thing
> with the fruit, because I AM doing that part in a large Mason jar.
> Speaking of learned skills (since my challenge is to learn 50 new skills),
> my first was kumihimo, Japanese cord braiding. I finally got around to
> taking photos of my first finished cords, and will post them shortly. BTW -
> if you need braiding for an outfit or otherwise, these cords were made for
> something that didn't pan out, so if you would like them, wonderful, I will
> send them to you. I have one that is navy/white, one that is
> silverwhite/maroon, and two that are red/gold. Just email me your snail
> mail address, and I'll send them on. They're really long, like four or six
> I'm done babbling now, and return you to your regular list postings ...
> Jonet of Keyth
> m/k/a Carrie Burge
> Barony of Illiton
> Middle Kingdom
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>Cordials are soooooo much fun. I have three quarts of pumpkin pie
> Cordials are great! They'll make you many friends around campfires.
> :) I have a couple aging myself that will be part of this challenge -
> one is a watermelon-vodka (the competition it's entering has some
> interesting required ingredients) and another is a raspberry in brandy
> with vanilla. All I can say is YUMMO!! I am looking forward to
> enjoying these and also sharing them with others.
cordial sitting at home at my mom and dad's place. I didn't strain it
before I left (oops) so I talked dad through it over the phone! Mom
thinks I'm crazy, but dad thinks I'm a bloody genius!
This summer, I'm going to try a cucumber cordial. If it works out the
way I hope it will (cooling but not bitter) I'll be using that as part
of my "stuff I can barter in order to get stuff I want but can't make"
chest that I am preparing for events this summer. Actually, come to
think of it, that's where a lot of my A&S50 material projects are
going to end up. Ooooo, maybe I could put my lesson plans in there?
That'd be fun too.
Scheming like only A&S50'ers can, I remain ever in service...
- I just added a photo with 2 examples of Kumihimo cord, one using four bobbins and one
using eight bobbins. It is really simple to learn using four bobbins and makes cord pretty
quickly. You can make a braiding stand out of sturdy cardboard and use spools of thread
for the bobbins - just wrap your cord threads on top of the thread that is already there. I
used a spool of solder for a center weight and attached it with some scrap wire that was
laying around; a twist tie would have worked just as well. So don't be intimidated by the
cost of supplies - you can do Kumihimo with stuff that is lying around your house! That
said, it is nicer to use a nice wooden braiding stand. I am in the process of making
several to experiment with different woods and get practice. They are not all perfect and
probably won't be ready for a few weeks but I'd be happy to send one (just the stand, not
the bobbins) to someone who will reimburse me for cost of materials and shipping (I
don't think I spent more than $10 in materials on any one stand). Check out my blog,
www.medievalartcraft.blogspot.com and scroll down to find the post "Maru dai bobbins"
from March 21st to see a picture. So far I am making stands using oak, maple and birch. I
have three extra in progress and I am going to the wood store (aka crack den) for more. A
nice maple stand (more beautiful than mine) sells at Lacis for over $100.
P. S. Kumihimo and woodworking projects are both part of my A&S 50 challenge for
learning new things.
--- In AandS50ChallengeCommunity@yahoogroups.com, "Catriona A. Morganosa"
> Heck, I'll take them off your hands and CREATE a Japanese persona!
> Personally, I'd like to see what these cords look like up close.
> Stâpanâ Catriona Morganosa, OP
> They tried to make Chuck Norris toilet paper but it didn't work because
> Chuck Norris doesn't take crap off anyone.
> > Speaking of learned skills (since my challenge is to learn 50 new
> skills), my first was kumihimo, Japanese cord braiding. BTW - if you
> need braiding for an outfit or otherwise, these cords were made for
> something that didn't pan out, so if you would like them, wonderful, I
> will send them to you.
> That is MOST generous of you! For folks that don't know, Kumihimo is
> erally fancy multi-strand braiding that makes virtually indestructible
> cording; it is what holds all of the pieces of Japanese armor
> together! It is also HARD; a friend of mine was learning years ago,
> and it takes a LOT of patience and focus. Good for you Jonet, for
> tackling it! I'm sure someone will be happy to take it off your hands;
> maybe even someone working on a Japanese persona Challenge! :)
> Enjoy, and thanks for the update!
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