Alewife for a Day: A Guide to Medieval Home Brew

“Give my people plenty of beer, good beer, and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them.” — Queen Victoria, English Monarch, 1819-1901 I love the moxie of this photo. An adorable toddler advertising stout–priceless! But if you were living in the Middle Ages, the joke would have been lost on you. Why? […]

Let Them Eat…Plates?

My husband and I once went to one of those medieval tournament shows. You know the kind–theatrical jousting, $15 drinks served in plastic chalices, and giant turkey legs dripping with grease.  We were doubtless having more fun than our server, a spotty young man forced to parade around in a spandex jester’s uniform. But I […]

Medieval Barley Bread

  “There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi I thought to start this post with a clever quip, or at the very least a healthy dose of sarcasm. Bread, after all, is a dry subject (I couldn’t resist). In […]

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// What is this blog about?  I wish I could answer that question in one concise sentence. Problem is, if I give you the short answer–history, gardening, survival, cooking, and writing–I’ll sound indecisive. I mean, pick a topic, right? And what do any of those things have to do with time-travel? Allow me to explain… […]