I love discovering online shops that have speciality items that I love, but first I have to go back ...
I have been going to out local Renaissance Festival for years. I try to go at least once every year when I can, but the past two years I have been unable to go. I love everything the Renaissance has to offer, the woody atmosphere, vendors selling everything from bows and arrows, to incense, and of course, the food! However, there is one thing that I always purchased at the festival every year without fail and when I could not attend I went to their online store to order.
I am very excited to introduce you to My Lady's Chamber
I first discovered My Lady's Chamber at the Renaissance Festival many years ago while shopping for amber oil. My Lady's Chamber sells everything from bath and body products to baking goods. Back then however I was just browsing for fragrance oils. My Lady's Chamber became my favorite stop for fragrance oils over the years because theirs were the most potent with the best aroma. They also offered to mix a favorite of mine, amber and vanilla.
I hardly noticed the other wonderful items in the shop until years later when I discovered their King Richard's Herb Bread. It was only $3.00 a pack so I grabbed one up and took it home.
I think I waited a week or more before making it, and realizing what an amazing thing I had before me. This bread, is the best bread I have ever laid my taste buds on, ever.
Let me just clue you into how much I love this herb bread. I went back to the festival the next weekend, with an empty backpack, went into My Lady's Chamber, and bought as many packages of King Richards Herb bread that I could stuff into that backpack! Unless they had more to restock, I bought them all!
Look at all of the herbs in this bread mix! And let's not let this go unnoticed ... you make this bread with ale!
This bread is so easy to make too! Just preheat oven to 350, grease up a cookie sheet, and pour mix into bowl.
Add a good ale.
Mix it up.
Pour onto your greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 35 blissful minutes while your home fills with the aroma of herbs, baking bread, and love. Incense, candles? Forget about it! I will take the smell of this bread over that any day!
I mean look at it!
Hello yummy! I glaze mine with real butter before serving.
I wish that technology were at a place I could share the aromas and flavors with you but please trust me, if you love baked goods, if you consider yourself any type of bread lover, you need this in your life!
And this is just the bread! My Lady's Chamber has other culinary goodies as well, such as their wine vinegars. I bought the blackberry wine vinegar.
At only $6.00 each in a generous sized bottle I plan to try them all out eventually so I just ordered the first selection on the list.
These are truly infused vinegars, with real roots, herbs, and spices! A tincture if you will.
The price and availability of spices in Europe were affected by factors with global implications and dimensions, from the weather in India to relations between Christian and Muslim powers. Many 14th century recipes, because of this varying availability, called for spice blends, much as we would use "apple pie spice" or "poultry seasoning". Three blends used throughout medieval Europe were Poudre Forte, Poudre Douce and Poudre Blanc. These spice blends had no set list of ingredients; much like "Italian seasoning" the blends depended on the spices on hand and the concept the blend attempted to capture.
Poudre forte, or strong pouder, was usually based on black pepper, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, four of the most important spices of the time with grains of paradise, galangal, ginger, cumin, coriander and/or cubebs to round out the flavor. It's an aromatic blend with a good bite, which was used freely in all manner of sweet and savory dishes.
Poudre douce, or sweet pouder, was less pungent. Cinnamon and ginger lay at its heart with a wealth of "sweeter" spices, such as mace, fennel, anise.Full sized Sweet Pouder and Strong Pouder is only $4.00 which is a steal if you ask me. Think of how difficult and expensive herbs can be.
I was also the lucky recipient of the Medieval Cuisine Sweet Pouder Cookbook! Annie of My Lady's Chamber had no idea I would be blogging about her shop so the extras were not included for the purpose of my article.
I just truly love to blog about things I love, and small businesses that impress me!
All of this for a total of $21.55 and that includes tax and shipping! Now tell me, who is on your holiday gift list that you need to spend at least $25.00 on and would love excellent foodie items like this?
Grab a basket at your dollar store, line with a blanket, or add some of that fluffy stuff, and you have the perfect holiday gift, housewarming gift, or just because gift for anyone who loves culinary delights. If the person you are buying for is not so much the foodie, don't worry because My Lady's Chamber also has Bath, Boudoir, Garden, and more to select from.
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