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22 May 2012 @ 12:00 am
Quest was an amazing event as usual. It's all the way on the other edge of the Kingdom, but the 13-14 hour drive is entirely worth it. I drove out with gflower</lj> and we chattered nearly non-stop for the whole ride. You really need to like someone to spend that kind of quality time and still be sort of sad to see them go...

This year I finally got into the sweet little cabin I'd been wanting for awhile. It's itty bitty - just one room with a bathroom - but it was perfect for my purposes. There is a queen bed and a tiny kitchenette and a bathroom so small my brooches clinked on the sink when I sat down, and I'm not a huge woman! But it had a fridge for my perishables and a heater for the cold nights, a sink in which to do my dishes and a shower in which to wash my person, enough space to host a half dozen friends or the dregs of the Bardic circle. Bliss.

As usual, my main activity was cooking for the weekend, so I packed way too much stuff (I take more to Quest than to Pennsic!) and WAY too much food. I like to collect all sorts of Viking-age foods, dump them in a larder and then cook as things occur to me. Often I cook by myself or just have intermittent students, but this time I had a whole gaggle of young folk who milled about my fire all day and cooked with me. This year we had bacon (one must season the pan, after all), beef, barley oat cakes, homemade butter, ulterior motive porridge (I had a new riveted pot to be sealed), bacon again, fried apple porridge the next day, sausages, skyr with honey and berries, and chicken stew. My student's husband caught some trout and we cooked those in the embers as well.

The chicken stew was the star this year - chicken, garlic, leeks, parsnips, turnip, salt, mustard, horseradish, and carrots boiled all afternoon. YUM!

And of course there was skyr... mmmmm... Skyr...

I also got to attend two nice bardic circles, spend some quality time with Owen discussing arts and science criteria and sewed a hat, a hood, and two bags, so the weekend was productive as well as social. 

Well, that's more photos than post, but I'm still beat and need to get to bed shortly, so there it is... Good food, good friends, good weekend, goodnight!
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Albredaalbreda on May 22nd, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
You are freaking adorable when you are really excited and happy. It sounds like a wonderful event, and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much! We have Panteria here in the Northern Region of the East this weekend, and if I come home with such a glowing report, I'll be VERY well satisfied. Enjoy!
eithni: Yummy!eithni on May 22nd, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hee. Thanks. The geek glee shines brightly when I'm excited.
carrot_khan on May 22nd, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
Man that looks delicious. No snow at Quest this year?
eithni: Yummy!eithni on May 22nd, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
No, I actually had to buy ice for the cooler this year... We had some chilly rainy weather on Friday, but never *quite* cold enough to snow this year.
raventhourne on May 22nd, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Snarf....I miss Quest!

Looks like the weather was lovely and you had a good time which for you is an AWESOME THING!!!
eithni: Yummy!eithni on May 22nd, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
We miss having you! Maybe next year?
raventhourne on May 22nd, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, it falls right when our baronial A&S falls most years. We shall see...hell we might be crown then and that could be lots of fun. I'll put a bug min mel's ear about it.
eithni: Yummy!eithni on May 23rd, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
*crosses fingers!*
stitchwhich on May 22nd, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
You know, it occurred to me when I read your entry that I, too, "need to season the pan" with bacon... every time I use it. Every time. Because, you know, it just needs it.

Or maybe because I love the way the scent of bacon brings everyone around to say "hi". :)
eithni: CHEESE Gromit!eithni on May 23rd, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Sometimes, the magic of bacon is just undeniable and irresistible. :)
JuliFoxjulifox on May 22nd, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed that cabin. It's adorable and perfect for you!

Sometime when I'm not trapped in my own cabin doing scrollwork, I'd *love* to learn how to make those barley/oatcakes you shared with me, and also that chicken stew - I didn't get to taste any of that but it looks positively yummy!
eithni: Yummy!eithni on May 23rd, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
It really is - it has everything I need and I can engage in all the weird-hour things I want without annoying housemates. :)

I often do the barley oat cakes - if you see me making bread at an event, in all likelihood that is one of the recipes on offer and I am always happy to teach. It's a flatbread and so a very forgiving recipe. The chicken stew was a first time experiment, but a success so a variant may show up again sometime too.