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I think I’ve almost got the house back in to order after Collegium. I taught a class on Spanish feasting in the 15th century that went pretty well, but required a lot of gear. All the serving gear/ceramics are washed and put away, the linens are washed and folded, and the benches, tables and chairs are back in the garage. I’m not sure what to do with all the cushions, maybe I should get one of those vacuum-sealing things that works on big things. I am so glad the PPF2 project is all over (except for the write-ups and follow-ups) so I can get back to the trencher project.
I got to get out to the garden today. It’s gone feral. Even my faithful little lamb’s ears have jumped their border. I pulled out two dead tomato plants and a lot of weeds, but you can hardly tell. It’s going to be a long slog this winter to get it back into shape after an entire summer of neglect. 
My foot’s better. The broken bone is all healed, so now I’m doing exercises trying to get the ankle back into shape.
I haven’t made a lasagne since I broke my foot in June. I had hoped to make one today, but it was my turn to take snacks for church so I made 54 cupcakes instead. It was the right number. Many went right away and then demand trickled off, and the last lonely cupcake sat for several minutes before someone nabbed it. I used the Texas sheet cake recipe (reduce baking time to 12 minutes) for the cupcakes and frosting. I wish I knew where that recipe came from, I’ve had it since I was a kid.
I think it’s going to be a one-pie Thanksgiving next week. I may put fighter-chick’s cherry pie  )into a sweet crust and spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves again like I did last thanksgiving. 
I went to a dinner party at[info]hyster1a's  and ate eggs poached in tomato sauce. It sounds weird, but it was really good. Here's a spicy version, and a plain one.
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Recently, somebody posted about a foreign duke who was in town and wanted to fight people at (?) the Fremont Practice on Sunday(?). Can anybody who has a better memory than me send me a when/where for that? eta: thanks everybody! FP @ Noon on Sunday at the Fremont Tennis Courts (1110 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94538-2994)

Also, just 'cause it's cool: recent find of viking glass bead necklace

Project for Saturday: defrost the freezer in the garage. Sorry gormflaith, you're not getting your cooler back until Monday. GM needs to work on the spoon project, and I think we're both going to Paul and Linda's new house to paint. And I need to do the data-entry on the monster file Word ate last weekend. Now that I know what a huge project that is, it's harder to get started.

On another message board I read, someone suggested toasted chickpeas for a non-sugary snack. Last night I rinsed the goo off 1 15oz can of chickpeas from Trader Joe's. Placed in plastic baggie and shook with 2 tesp olive oil, 1 tesp of cajun spice mix and 1/2 tesp of salt. Spread on baking sheet and toasted for about 45 minutes at 325. Tasty, but too dry. Next time, 300 for 40 minutes.
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I had a nice weekend. Friday night I made two batches of brownies, and a batch of the dates-stuffed-with-marcona-almonds-and wrapped-in-prosciutto ("crack" for short, it's[info]j_i_m_r's horribly addictive recipe) because it was my turn to bring after-church snacks on Sunday.
Saturday morning I made the cheese bread from Guter Spise, but I left the kitchen before the timer went off and the bread was a little ...dark on the bottom by the time I got back to it. Oops. The cheesey top was still good. GM and I will have to eat it because I can't take bad food to church. They've been so impressed with my MadCookingSkillZ, and I hate to disappoint. I was kinda bummed about the food fail, because I get an inordinate amount of amusement in feeding medieval/renaissance recipes to mundane audiences. They really liked the ginger tarts from Epulario and the Ember Day tarts from Ancient Cookery at the brunch earlier this month.
Saturday afternoon GM and I went to a wedding. It was a very nice affair, comfy chairs, pretty site and a ceremony that seemed very personalized and meaningful to the principals. I like weddings. The caterers did another version of j_i_m_r's crack, cream cheese stuffed prunes wrapped in bacon and broiled. Mmmmm. There was a curried chicken tea sandwich I want to try to recreate.
Sunday I woke up early. I pared the brie and covered it with pesto and pine nuts, cut the grapes into the little bunches and stacked up the cheese and salami crackers. I couldn't decide what to do with the other brie, so I ended up covering it with chopped sun dried tomatoes. Maybe for the next party I'll do a mix of sun dried tomatoes and olive tapenade. The snacks seemed to go well and the crack was really popular, but next year I need to remember to take the brownies out of the pans. They were a bit stuck for the dexterity of desperate children. Other mental notes for next time, only one pound of milled carrots, but two boxes of crackers (triscuts or wheat thins) per pound of brie. And three pans of brownies.
Sunday afternoon I pulled the tomatoes, the marjoram and the evil basil out of the garden and harvested the first of the last of the good basil. Sniffle. The end of basil season is always sad. But there's a whole bag in the freezer for making festive holiday lasagnas. I was about to pull out the oregano, but GM argued there was no reason not to leave it until we can plant another one. I took all the dead bits out of the lovage, it might stay another year, but I think's doomed. I've not eaten much of it, and it takes a sunny spot. Soon I must trim the lavender and the rosemary. Hopefully I'll get some more gardening in next Sunday.


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