I also got to assist with something I had never done before, offering a Queens' Lunch, at the event. Sir Xenophon created a lovely vegetarian menu (as TRM are vegetarian) and I assisted with the pre-cook, as well as finishing things off and serving the fare at the event. We offered Turkish apricots stuffed with cream cheese mixed with toasted hazelnuts and pepper; melons in a yogurt sauce with cardamom, lime and honey from our hives; garlic soup with egg; a spicey lentil dish with spinach, mushroom barley risotto; pistachio cookies with mixed berries that you could serve on top; and finally a dark chocolate custard (ok, the chocolate is not period, but it was positively divine). I also made a ginger lime sekanjabin using a prosecco vinegar that turned out well. I had a fantastic time cooking and was glad to have this very new-to-me opportunity!
We also hosted a fiber solar and Lady Rosamund duGrasse was kind enough to start the event off while I was finishing with the lunch. She instructed several new students in drop spinning and also showed others how to use a spinning wheel. We also had a variety of artisans show up to socialize while they worked on their weaving, leather craft, knitting or other items.
In addition to the solar, there was a backpack basket class that happened that looked absolutely amazing and a four hour wood working demonstration. Fantastic to have so many awesome artisan displays and classes happening at the event :-)
Feast was fun as well. I had a great time chatting during the meal as well as running back and forth to serve food (though I have to note that by the end my left knee was swelling something fierce, lol). The mushroom-bacon dish and berry pancakes with honey cream were my favorite part of the meal. Much thanks to Lady Arianna and her staff for our tasty dinner!