The Society for Creative Anachronism
For umpteen years, I have been a member of The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a medieval re-enactment group — and no, it is not Larping. I transitioned to the group after I couldn’t find a local fencing group to join back in the early 1980s. I took my first fencing class in 1980 at Ricks College, in Rexburg, Idaho. After only a few weeks, I was hooked. The first in class mass, everyone, against everyone, tournament’s rule: “The rules are, there are no rules,” was my introduction to the thrill mass mayhem. It may have had something to do with the fact that I grew up with four brothers, and was pretty much a tom-boy, and building sand castles complete with moats, and pretending to fight with swords was something I was well versed in.
But I digress, at Ricks after the first semester, I signed up to be a TA the next semester, and I became a member of the fencing team. I loved it! We traveled to a tournament, and on Saturday night afterward, we went to the midnight showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail; a fitting end to the day when I took 3rd place in women’s novice, in my first fencing tournament. Later, I was again on the fencing team at BYU, in Provo, Utah; but after I moved away from Provo, back to Idaho; I had nowhere and no one to fence, a tragedy of epic proportions.
And then one day, I went to the library, and there, there, right in front of me was a display; a stunning Elizabethan gown, and next to it a suit of armor. Attached to the display was a blurb about the SCA, and a phone number to call if you were interested in learning more. I called, and the next Tuesday evening at “fighter practice” I found myself with sword, happily in hand, and I’ve been a part of the group ever since. It combined my love of history with playing with swords, the perfect match, in a hands-on, recreating history adventure. And part of that recreation, is redacting recipes and making medieval feasts as part of the whole endeavor. The foods I have eaten at feasts have run the gamut of strange but delicious, to flat out what-is-this-stuff strange. So here I will share some of my favorite feast dishes of the delicious variety.