Posts Tagged ‘pajama party’

 Medieval Feast set in the Great Hall, Warwick Castle (photo by mharrsch).

Welcome, Lords and Ladies! 

There’s nothing like a little boar’s head on a platter to make me yearn for England. I always think about our Elizabethan banquet wedding reception in London, where a feisty wench passed around the boar’s head paté.

You probably know how much I love all things British.

 Warwick Castle photo by Andrew®.

That’s why I was quite excited when I came across Linda Ashman’s Come to the Castle! (Roaring Brook, 2009), a hilarious account of a Medieval banquet held in a 13th century castle. It mentions boar, as well as lots of other tantalizing dishes which brought back delicious memories of my visit to Warwick Castle (a great Medieval castle built by William the Conquerer). Ah yes — who doesn’t love rhapsodizing about, "Peacocks, pike and pigeons, capon, venison and boar,/Mutton, eel and mackerel, sturgeon, porpoise, pig and more!"

 Recommended for grades 2-4 (40 pages).

The book has already been thoroughly reviewed by Sylvia Vardel of Poetry for Children and Abby (the) Librarian, among others, so I thought I’d just share two of my favorite poems from it today. In Come to the Castle, the Earl of Daftwood, who has every creature comfort known to man, gets bored one day and decides to host an elaborate banquet and jousting tournament. Easy for him to say, since everyone else has to do all the work. Through lively poems, we hear the distinctive voices of each of the castle inhabitants, gaining insight into their lives, attitudes, and concerns. From steward to squire, herald to gong farmer, lady to knight — the sights, smells, and flavors of 13th century England come to uproarious life.


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coming soon to alphabet soup!

When the going gets tough, the tough go to Hawai’i!

Had enough of cold temps, snow and ice? Me too!

To warm things up with a little tropical sunshine and multi-ethnic flavor, I’ve invited Arnold Hiura to stop by alphabet soup next week. His new coffee table book, Kau Kau: Cuisine & Culture in the Hawaiian Islands (Watermark Publishing, 2009), has been flying off the shelves back home. He’s been quite busy with booksignings and TV appearances, so I really appreciate his taking the time to answer my questions.

Here’s a book trailer to whet your appetite. Time for teriyaki, spam musubi, Saloon Pilot crackers, mochi, sushi, pork adobo, lomi lomi salmon, and Korean kalbi. So ono!

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a splash of color for the winter weary

"A hush is over everything, Silent as women wait for love; The world is waiting for the Spring." ~ Sara Teasdale

Thanks for brightening my world with your friendship!

If you’ve been doing a lot of snow shoveling recently, you definitely deserve one of these:

 Flower Bite Cookies by chiccookiekits.

Tra-la and on your way!

More Pajama Party posts here.

More colors here!

♥ Gorgeous floral photos from Majlee’s flickr photostream.

Copyright © 2010 Jama Rattigan of jama rattigan’s alphabet soup. All rights reserved.

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