[Cynnabar] Please Sign Up to Bring a Dessert to Terp!

Debora Vanheyningen magda_vogelsang at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 29 01:00:31 UTC 2012

Hello fellow Cynnabarbarians,

Once again this year I am 
organizing the dessert revel for our dance event, Terpsichore at the 
Tower. The event will be on Saturday, April 14th this year, and the 
dessert revel will take place between sets of the evening ball.

Traditionally, Cynnabar folks bring desserts for the revel, which are then enjoyed by everyone attending.

Please let me know ASAP whether you can bring something for the revel, even if you're not yet sure what you'll bring.

 would like to encourage everyone in the Barony who possibly can do so 
to contribute something. I will once again be doing a subtletie style 
cake myself. The revel at our event has become known for it's variety 
and abundance of food (I've been told by other dancers that Terp has the
 BEST dessert revel), and I'd like to keep that up. We had one year 
where I nagged less than usual, and we ended up being a bit on the 
skimpy side food-wise, so I'd like to keep that from happening again.

 can email me or message me on Facebook to sign up. If you 
don't know what to bring, please go ahead and sign up now and decide 
exactly what to make or buy later. The purpose of the list is to make 
sure that there will be enough food, and that not everyone brings the 
same thing (some duplication is fine, but if everyone in the barony 
showed up with a bag of grapes that would be a bit silly).

hoping we'll have space somewhere on site for a table where subtleties 
can be on display during the day, or at least during the dinner and 
court, and space to stash desserts that won't do well sitting in a car 
all day.

Thanks!  More info is below for those that need/want it.


Some general guidelines (not rules) as to what to bring:

 to stick to finger food, or things that can be eaten with just a fork. 
Lots of something small is probably better than a few of something 
large. This will let more people sample each thing (buffets tend to make
 folks want to try a little of everything).

Presentation counts. 
Brownies arranged on a plate look nicer than brownies still in the pan. 
They can also be grabbed more quickly, so the line will move faster. 
Nothing slows down a line like having everyone stop to cut themselves 
pieces of things, so precut anything where that won't destroy the 
presentation. If you buy something, serving it from something more 
period looking than the cardboard box it came in will make a better 

If you want to try making something that actually is 
period, you can talk to me, or any of the cooks in the barony for ideas.
 There is also a lot of great information at Stephan's Florilegium in 
the food sections (http://www.florilegium.org). Some examples of period choices would include marzipan (which can be 
shaped or molded, rolled into balls, or just cut into squares), 
custards, fresh or dried fruit, pastries, candied fruit peels or 
flowers, gingerbread, shortbread, sugar paste (gum paste), some cookies 
(not involving chocolate, or baking powder or soda), biscotti, sweet 
breads (with or without fruit), nuts or fruit tarts.

(foods which look like something other than what they are) were a 
medieval favorite, and would be great if anyone has any recipes or ideas
 along those lines which they want to try out. These can range from the 
ridiculous to the sublime, and generally do so in the SCA. Examples 
we've had have included cakes in the shapes of things (flower basket, 
tower, rock, lute), cookies with the cinnabar arms on them or shaped 
like elephants, a tower made of hostess cupcakes, and brownie 
battlefields of fighting marshmallow bunnies. These are often impressive
 and/or entertaining.

If you don't have the time, inclination, or
 facilities to do something period and/or elaborate, you can bring 
anything that you think folks will want to eat between sets of a ball. 
All types of cookies and candies are welcome, as are salty snacks, 
veggies and dip, appetizers etc.

Non-medieval food is fine, especially if it's homemade. Chocolate may not be period, but it always seems to disappear rapidly.

 of the above are guidelines, not rules. Anything you bring will likely 
be happily consumed by hungry dancers in need of energy. Oh, and if you 
bring something which has non-obvious nuts in it, you might want to mark
 it as such, so that folks with allergies will know what to avoid. 
(Putting a "Warning--contains nuts" sign next to a bowl of mixed nuts is
 not really necessary, although it may be amusing).

Thank you for helping our group provide hospitality to our guests, and I look forward to seeing you at Terp.

-Lady Magdalena Vogelsang

P.S. My apologies to those who get more than one copy of this email.
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