in which our plucky heroine begins preparing in earnest for the party on Sunday, which will celebrate my birthday/Saturnalia/Solstice/Green Wood Horse Year. Indeed it is an entire turning of the Great Wheel of the Chinese zodiac from the year of my birth, and great good fortune to have made it this far.
The bad news is that in reading the recipe for bacon baklava, our plucky heroine read the part that said "9 x 13 rectangular pan" but forgot that all the pans in the house, save the turkey roaster, are smaller than that; the good news is that most of the baking hardware aisle in Fred Meyers was on sale for 50% off today.
Started baking for Saturnalia by mixing up a batch of savillum... While most recipes I have read call for wheat flour, this variation, made with bulgar wheat instead, was a standard breakfast in our camp during the first years I was active in the SCA; it is easy to make ahead, is really filling, and has a substantial amount of protein... bulgar and ricotta and eggs oh my, plus honey and poppy seeds.
It is much easier than pie, requiring the cook to simply mix all the ingredients together and then bake at 350F until done, about 30 minutes more or less depending on the pan used. Because this is intended as party tidbits rather than hearty breakfast, a thinner layer was desirable, and I lined the baking pan with parchment paper, in the hope of not sticking. As soon as it comes out of the oven, drizzle some honey over the top, spread the honey out across gently, and then dust with poppy seeds. The quantities are not super precise: about 15 to 16 oz ricotta, one or two eggs, a scant cup of honey, and a generous cup of bulgar, with a little more honey and some poppy seeds.
This is what our plucky heroine found after all the boxes on the front porch were unpacked!
the first box said "Live Plants"... someone (hi Mom!) took it to heart when I mentioned entering my second childhood
The second box contained this very large double wall cooking pot, and rather gave me a clue as to what might be in the other boxes, but no clue as to who the mystery sender might be...
The third box held a green five gallon bucket. I foresee a rearrangement of the SCA/camping closet
The final, and heaviest box contained a Stove-Tec rocket stove, the deluxe model with two doors and a grate that allows for burning either wood or charcoal. Whoo Hoo! Now I can set up a temporary outdoor kitchen (or natural dyeing using my regular dyepots?!) space in the carport and have crafternoon/cookouts!! (and it will be excellent earthquake emergency cooking gear too)
:::Just in case anyone is eager to attempt weaving leafy Laurel wreath trim, this is the weaving draft for the just finished project. Found on Guntrum's site, but graphed out in the style of Applesies and Foxnoses - turn forwards except in the parts of the graph with a grey background