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by The Pepperer
Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:54 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Herbs and Spices
Replies: 20
Views: 2434

Yes indeed Lady Wollfshead. After a slight hiccup, we are now back online, and taking orders. Look here... http://www.colonialspice.co.uk If you prefer you can PM me here, or on info"at"colonialspice.co.uk. If you want to place a fairly large order for your local groups, I can quote you a discounted...
by The Pepperer
Fri Aug 04, 2006 8:26 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Colchester Cloth Fair
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Further to the preceeding thread. I've just been informed that the planned revival of the Colchester Festival and Cloth Fair for 2006 has now been cancelled due to lack of support. :(
by The Pepperer
Tue Jun 06, 2006 9:11 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anybody know a souce for Cassia Buds?
Replies: 8
Views: 1373

Sophia - Have PM'd you.

And of course as usual anybody mentioning the Living History Forum, to me at the Oyster fayre, will get a discount :D
by The Pepperer
Sat May 27, 2006 12:18 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Event:- Tudor Weekend 1st-2nd July Eastbury Manor, Barking
Replies: 3
Views: 837

Event:- Tudor Weekend 1st-2nd July Eastbury Manor, Barking

I've just received information of a Tudor weekend being organised at Eastbury Manor in the London borough of Barking, on 1st-2nd July, for which they are presently looking for traders/demonstrators. I understand it's free to trade, (but £2.50 on the door for MOPs) and has on site camping for those w...
by The Pepperer
Wed May 24, 2006 1:00 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anybody know a souce for Cassia Buds?
Replies: 8
Views: 1373

Hurrah! I finally managed to get some Cassia buds, thanks to all those of you who offered contacts and possible sources :D . They are amazing, with a beautiful intense, sweet Cassia taste, much more-so than even the best Cassia bark I've tasted. I will now have a (very) small amount for sale at The ...
by The Pepperer
Wed Apr 26, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Herbs, Spices and Trading Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 1207

Sticking a large scary disclaimer on every board would be painful, and I suspect would risk worring those people who, for instance; want to buy some Mint for their sunday roast, but also make the occasional mint tea. Reading between the lines it would seem that most single herbs, are seen as having ...
by The Pepperer
Wed Apr 26, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Herbs, Spices and Trading Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 1207

I've composed a small "bottom-covering" statement, which I'll display prominently at markets, it runs as follows.... "Any medicinal effects attributed to these Herbs and Spices have arisen from their long standing traditional use. The Pepperers Guild cannot provide specific advice on the medical use...
by The Pepperer
Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Herbs, Spices and Trading Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 1207

Thanks for this Sally, I think I've got the labeling of culinary herbs, and spices sorted; with common name, Latin name and price per 10g for when I sell loose at markets, as well as country of origin, best before and batch number when we sell pre-packed over the internet. On you point about written...
by The Pepperer
Wed Apr 26, 2006 10:42 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Herbs, Spices and Trading Standards
Replies: 8
Views: 1207

Herbs, Spices and Trading Standards

I've been advised by one of my suppliers, that some of the herbs and spices that I sell could be catagorised as medicinal products (noteably Grains of Paradise!), and as such may be covered by particular legistation with regard to presentation, sale and labeling. Does anybody have any experience in ...
by The Pepperer
Fri Apr 21, 2006 1:46 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Colchester Cloth Fair
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Thank you Kate, it's in fact the Arms of the London Company of Grossers as displayed in the Merchant Adventurers Hall in York. They were founded from the original pepperpers guild in 1376, and as no actual arms for the Pepperers Guild survive, I've sort of adopted it :)
by The Pepperer
Tue Apr 11, 2006 5:42 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Colchester Cloth Fair
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Managed to talk to the Organiser of the proposed Colchester Cloth Fayre today. His idea is that this years event would be a small market as close to the original "cloth fayre" of Edward II as possible, with cloth and other traders. He was at pains to point out that there are no jousts or tourney pl...
by The Pepperer
Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:01 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Colchester Cloth Fair
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Its apparantly part of the Colchester Festival on 9/10 Spetember, their site is here http://www.camulos.com/festival/index.htm , but doesn't have anything specificaly about a medieval fayre. I've sent the organiser an e-mail, with no reply as yet, but I'll try chasing with a phone call this week. I'...
by The Pepperer
Wed Apr 05, 2006 2:46 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval Restaurants
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

Looks just the ticket....where's me passport!

Thanks Mark.
by The Pepperer
Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Colchester Cloth Fair
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Oh well, might have a go cos' we're local, will report back.

Regards,

Andrew the Pepperer
by The Pepperer
Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:44 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Colchester Cloth Fair
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Colchester Cloth Fair

Has anybody traded at the Colchester Cloth Fair before, is it any good?

Andrew the Pepperer
by The Pepperer
Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:01 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval Restaurants
Replies: 6
Views: 1110

Medieval Restaurants

In my time I have been to a few "medieval" themed restaurants, and at each one have been presented whith the usual horror story of mock-medieval fayre - You know; the roast chicken on a wooden trencher, accompanied by chips and as much ale as you can drink, deal. Does anybody know of anywhere (excep...
by The Pepperer
Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Surprise foods
Replies: 6
Views: 871

I think you are right meg, in that, possibly the most suprising thing (for the "public" at least) about medieval food, is how familiar most of it actually is. Excepting the occasional cockatrice of course. :P

Andrew The Pepperer

http://www.pepperersguild.co.uk
by The Pepperer
Mon Mar 27, 2006 6:29 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Carob
Replies: 11
Views: 1525

True. The fact we have reference to "carobs" as an item stocked by an Italian grocer in period, is no necessary indication of its use. The carob, that we today think of as the chocolate type stuff in Health Food shops, is processed from the flesh of the pods, not the beans, which are today used to p...
by The Pepperer
Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:32 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Carob
Replies: 11
Views: 1525

I've also just been made aware that Scully in his 'The Art of Cookery, in the Middle Ages' quotes the inventory of Pegalotti (1315 -1340), a Florentine grocer, who stocked amongst other things, anise, pepper (white, black and long), ginger, tumeric, cinnamon, cassia buds, cassia, caraway, grains of ...
by The Pepperer
Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:42 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Carob
Replies: 11
Views: 1525

I beleive that Carob was indeed used during, and prior to the Medieval period. It is native to the Levant and eastern Mediterannean, so there is no reason why it would not have been in trade during this time. I've also found a reference to"St. John's Urcheon" (quite literally St. John's Hedgehog), w...
by The Pepperer
Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:02 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Traders Pre-Show Ordering System
Replies: 11
Views: 1895

A stunningly sensible idea, count me in to. Idealy it should give us all a better view of a) what levels of stock to keep, b) what to keep in reserve for specific customers, and c) offer the possibility of floating ideas for new stock items and judgeing demand. I remember at one event last year I so...
by The Pepperer
Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:40 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: A Drink called Pike?
Replies: 3
Views: 733

I'm sorry to say that I know of no reference to "Pike" as an 18th c. (or earlier) beverage. Given that in his open letter to the people of Birmingham after the riots of 1791, Priestley appeared much more concerned at the loss of his experimental equipment and notes. Is it possible that he is in fact...
by The Pepperer
Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Herbs and Spices
Replies: 20
Views: 2434

Shameless self promotion part II.... At Scraggles behest, I should go on to say that The Pepperers Guild aka The Colonial Spice Co. will be at the following events in 2006... 6th-7th May 2006 The Templars Fayre Cressing Temple Barns, Nr. Braintree, Essex June 10th-11th 2006 Oyster Fayre Lower Castle...
by The Pepperer
Fri Mar 10, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Herbs and Spices
Replies: 20
Views: 2434

A bit of shameless sell promotion..... but the Colonial Spice Co. will be trading as "The Pepperers Guild" at a few medieval markets this year, starting with The Templars Fayre in May. We'll be selling the usual Cubebs, Long Pepper, GOP etc. (and maybe cassia buds if I can get them) as well as more ...
by The Pepperer
Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:35 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anybody know a souce for Cassia Buds?
Replies: 8
Views: 1373

Yep, Cassia buds look a bit like cloves but have a distinct cassia taste, no relation to Szechuan Pepper I don't think (which is the fruit of the Priclky Ash tree). The SpiceHouse looks good, but I would prefer something a bit more local and Dogpile is good but didn't give me anybody actually sellin...
by The Pepperer
Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:59 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anybody know a souce for Cassia Buds?
Replies: 8
Views: 1373

Anybody know a souce for Cassia Buds?

I've been trying to find Cassia Buds for ages without luck, does anyone have a good source?

Regards

Andrew the Pepperer

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