For my Festival Goer badge, I’m using Bosworth reenactment event from this summer.
Clause 1 – Food
For food at Bosworth I adapted what I’ve used for previous camps.
For Middleton I had pain au chocolat for breakfast, forgot breakfast and had to use lunch stuff at Tatton, and at Bosworth I thought something of the same ilk as Middleton would be good.
The reasoning is that I want something easy to eat in the tent, should I oversleep and need to eat breakfast after it’s already time to be dressed in authentic gear. So nothing hot, nothing with prep.
I looked for pain au chocolat in the shop but couldn’t find any so went for cinnamon and raisin bread.
This was not as successful as pain au chocolat. The pain au chocolat fit nicely in my blue Tupperware box and stay intact even if the box managed to get lost in the tent. The bread did not survive this well and the packet fell open in the night on Saturday so I chose not to eat it on Sunday.
Sunday being a bad day, I didn’t really have breakfast. For next camp I need to work out how to solve this, probably by getting something that fits in the box.
As per advice given at Middleton, we had bread, Cheshire cheese, Boursin, salami, spring onions and grapes.
This was adapted from the food at Tatton in the following ways. Apples were omitted as a member of the group is allergic to apples. I felt the easiest way to keep me from accidentally doing something wrong and setting her allergy off, was to simply not bring apples. This was not a huge loss and I would make the same choice again, any time that person is present.
Fennel and the leafy thing we had at Tatton were both abandoned. Most of it at Tatton was eaten by feeding it to Callum.
For Bosworth I remembered the freezer packs and this was fine. Long term goals: I want a better cool bag but the lunch boxes will do for now.
On the Friday, as I have done previously, I just had a meal deal pasta. This is not good for the environment, although very convenient for me. I would like to do as I have done a few times before and make a box of pasta before leaving but this often is too taxing for my brain when I’m packing. This aspect of my food can still be improved but will do until I stumble upon an equally convenient option.
On Saturday I had dampers (ish). I brought flour and jam in the pink box and was intending to do proper dampers.
Dampers are awfully difficult to get the proportions right for. I did not manage this, but myself and Kessel found the alternative situation of just frying it on the society skillet. This worked well; it was hot, filling, had sugar, and could be supplemented with eating up some more of the cheese (or by bringing extra cheese)
This experiment is something I would repeat. Notes for next time: bring oil.
Not a proper meal but worth noting. Hot chocolate is still troublesome as it requires milk and powder. It’s ok for evenings as I can get out the powder and whisk. For daytimes I just borrow Tim’s altar (stove inside tent). I’d eventually like a better solution. Maybe if I could manage without the milk and just use powder, use the soc kettle if we have one and find a spoon that doesn’t mind the heat.
I also had Coca-Cola for drinking in the evenings. I drank a bit much at Bosworth because it tastes nicer than the squash so I had it during the day as well as the evenings. The system of having the bottle by my chair in the evening worked reasonably well.
Magic stars: went through two packets. This is much easier to ration, one packet per night. This needs no adapting from previous events or to future events.
Although I haven’t done anything from the badge syllabus, I present the following things that I did.
- Dug out the spare shoe hanger (thing with pockets) to hang from the centre pole to keep things like spoons, washkits, glasses in to avoid losing them in the beds. (This worked really well)
- Tbh, most of my camp prep has been things done over the past three years. It’s a continuous process, evolving my kit so I have the best experience I can. Things like upgrading my roll mat, bringing blankets, sewing, borrowing and buying my Medieval clothes.
Things I didn’t do for Bosworth but have done in prep for Hull/Lancaster SSAGO camps later this year
- Put card sleeves on some of my games to make them survive better in a camp environment.
I did indeed make it Bosworth!