Lochmere's midwinter feast 1.27.07
I don't usually do this, but it might be a good excercise for future feasts for me:
This is not ment as critizisem, but as improvements for next time:
Breads of various designs - all good
Butters of herb, clear and honey - all good
Bag of Cheese - the thyme cheese was very good. Not sure what happened to the other one, but it wasn't seasoned quite right - not enough salt?
Period Dried Pear Slices - There were seeds still in the slices and they were very dry, almost crunchy. I found them difficult to eat.
Pickled Cabbage - very very ummy. And I don't usually like saurkraut. I went back for seconds.
** General** I wanted more real food as this was the Noon (lunch) remove. I was wanting soup or something. And I was confused by getting Saurkraut at this point. 2 starches (bread & kraut) at one time.
Gourd Soup - a little thick for my liking. The onions were also not as cooked as I would like them. Carmelizing the onions before adding to the soup might have been better. The taste of the gourds was generally good.
Rounds of Chicken - a bland, but good texture & moisture. The plum sauce wasn't out when I got this course. I think it was meant to go with the chicken. I carry a salt spice mix along with my feast gear and used it to dip in - really tasty that way.
Plum Spread - was not out when I went thru - didn't taste it.
Pies of Tasty Cheese - the ones I had (plain cheese) were very good. Some of the more well done ones were a little crunchy on the bottom.
Whine & Honey Sauce - what was this for? didn't have any cuz I didn't know what to put it on...
Heathen’s Cakes - would have likes a description as to what it was. I didn't eat it cuz it looked odd - some kind of meat & apples on crust. More description would have helped.
Brats and Other Sausages - VERY good. Good size too. Not what I expected in size but still good.
Beans of Green and Spices - very good. Tasted some vinegar I think. Put a huge pile on Jamie's plate and they were all gone.
**General** - Where's the mustard? Starch? Would have served the heathen cakes at the first remove and the saurkraut this remove.
**At this point I was 1/2 packed up and getting ready to go. Court was at 5pm, so this came out following, but almost immediately after it came out, people started breaking down the hall (drapes, etc). I personally don't care for Venison, so I didn't eat any of this remove. This I believe was poor timing on the Autocrates part. You can't stop people from leaving, but you also can plan something for the 7pm slot as a "finish" to the event so that people will want to stay.**
Leeks and Onions Spiced
Roast of Wild Game (Venison)
Pudding of Apples