Medieval Monday: The Labors of June — Allison D. Reid

In the Middle Ages, the arrival of June meant not only a change in the weather, but a shift in daily labors, and in what was on the menu to eat. While most crops were harvested much later in the summer, hay was the first to be cut in June, though it was typically poor […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: The Labors of June — Allison D. Reid”

Medieval Monday: Making Barrels and Wooden Vessels — Allison D. Reid

Medieval coopers were important craftsmen in the Middle Ages. Many different types of goods were kept in barrels, such as alcohol and salted meats. But barrels were not the only things coopers made. A variety of wooden vessels were needed for daily use by the average person as well as many other medieval craft and […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Making Barrels and Wooden Vessels — Allison D. Reid”

Reindeer Nomads | Shelter & Farming | Chukotka, Siberia — Edge of Humanity Magazine

Travel Photographer Holger Hoffmann and Travel Writer Sylvia Furrer are the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributors of this documentary photography.  From the project  ‘Stormy Nights in the Yaranga’.  To see Holger and Sylvia’s body of work, click on any photograph.         In the winter, the days are short in Chukotka, and […] ReindeerContinue reading “Reindeer Nomads | Shelter & Farming | Chukotka, Siberia — Edge of Humanity Magazine”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Four

DRAWING ON REAL-WORLD HISTORY, POLITICS, AND CULTURE Every worldbuilder, whether a novelist or a game designer, has to draw upon real-world history, politics, and culture to a certain extent. It’s important, however, to be sensitive to those nations and cultures that are not one’s own, particularly if they have been subject to colonialism, enslavement, andContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Four”

Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 2) — Allison D. Reid

Last week my Medieval Monday post talked about cooking methods without the benefits of a modern kitchen. Today is part two of that post. I previously mentioned a type of earth oven which was really just a pit in the ground, primarily used for things like meat, which could be wrapped up and placed directly […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 2) — Allison D. Reid”

Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 1) — Allison D. Reid

We’re pretty used to our modern kitchen conveniences, including our stoves and ovens. But somehow people from the Anglo-Saxon and medieval period managed to make a wide array of dishes and baked goods without them. How did they do it? Managing your fuel supply was a key element.  Cutting and gathering wood was a summer […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 1) — Allison D. Reid”

Homemade Rice-A-Roni Recipe

Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat, was invented in 1958 by Vince DeDomenico, the son of an Italian American businessman. It was inspired by a pilaf recipe given to his sister-in-law by an Armenian immigrant. A boxed convenience food consisting of vermicelli combined with long grain rice sautéed in butter and then simmered in water mixedContinue reading “Homemade Rice-A-Roni Recipe”

Believe Fairytales Are Real, Magic Exists, and Life Begins After Your Morning Coffee – Daily Quote — Jo Hawk

It’s Friday. We’ve almost made it through the week, and the only thing I want is a steaming hot pot of strong, black coffee. It is the proven brew that will sustain me and get me through the day. That’s not asking for much. Is it? Some people give me a hard time about what […]Continue reading “Believe Fairytales Are Real, Magic Exists, and Life Begins After Your Morning Coffee – Daily Quote — Jo Hawk”

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Who knew making homemade cranberry sauce was this easy? Why have I been buying the canned stuff all these years? Seriously, the first part of this recipe is just the same as making simple syrup, like you would for mixed drinks, then adding in the whole cranberries and cooking them until they burst. Then youContinue reading “Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe”

Remembering the Bard — Bardic Lore

When most people encounter the epithet “the Bard” in text or speech, they automatically assume it refers to William Shakespeare, who is known as the Bard of Avon. But there is another who has acquired that particular sobriquet, and deservedly so. I’m of course talking about Robert Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire, and the nationalContinue reading “Remembering the Bard — Bardic Lore”