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The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let)

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Venison Pie. Lavender Scented Pudding. Roasted Fish with Green Sauce. Honey Cakes!
Clean, Delicious, and Authentic Food from 1200 years ago…

Enjoy ten delicious, easy, and authentic recipes from the 9th century in The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let). These are the recipes enjoyed by the characters in this best-selling Historical Adventure series. Enhanced with charming medieval woodcuts and fascinating titbits about early cooking, the Cookery Book(let) makes delightful reading and even better eating.

The Cookery Book(let) is yours free in two different PDF formats, one for your laptop or tablet, and one that prints up into an actual booklet. It’s my gift to you, and I hope you enjoy it.

Venison (or tofu!) Pie

Venison (or tofu, beef, turkey, or chicken) Pie: Hearty, delicious, and atmospheric. The juniper berries elevate this to a new level. Children love it, and dinner guests will be impressed. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net

Oat Griddle Cakes

Oat Griddle Cakes: Bursting with the goodness of oats. Enjoy at breakfast, hearty tea, or late night supper. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net

Lavender Scented Pudding

Lavender Scented Pudding: Delightfully rich and soufflé-like pudding, redolent of lavender...A romantic dessert, and a sweet memory of Summer any time of year. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net

Barley Browis

Barley Browis: Eaten everyday by everyone 1,000 years ago. The ultimate "clean food", this savoury and warming stew-like porridge can be made with barley, oats, bulgar, quinoa, and whatever root vegetables you've got. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net

Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils

Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils: A very pretty soup, with the red or yellow lentils, orange carrots, and bright green parsley peeking out of the milky broth. Make a day ahead to deepen and improve the flavour. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net

Honey Cakes

Honey Cakes: Dripping with honey goodness, very easy to make. And addictive. Perfect with afternoon tea. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net

Baked Apples and Pears

Baked Apples and Pears: A great treat for breakfast, but luscious enough for a fine dessert. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net

Venison (or tofu, beef, turkey, or chicken) Pie: Hearty, delicious, and atmospheric. The juniper berries elevate this to a new level. Children love it, and dinner guests will be impressed. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net thumbnail
Oat Griddle Cakes: Bursting with the goodness of oats. Enjoy at breakfast, hearty tea, or late night supper. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net thumbnail
Lavender Scented Pudding: Delightfully rich and soufflé-like pudding, redolent of lavender...A romantic dessert, and a sweet memory of Summer any time of year. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net thumbnail
Barley Browis: Eaten everyday by everyone 1,000 years ago. The ultimate
Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils: A very pretty soup, with the red or yellow lentils, orange carrots, and bright green parsley peeking out of the milky broth. Make a day ahead to deepen and improve the flavour. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net thumbnail
Honey Cakes: Dripping with honey goodness, very easy to make. And addictive. Perfect with afternoon tea. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net thumbnail
Baked Apples and Pears: A great treat for breakfast, but luscious enough for a fine dessert. From The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) / A Journey though Medieval Life octavia.net thumbnail
Honey Cakes Detail

To see a beautiful “medieval” manuscript version of the Cookery Book(let) click on this image. / Artwork by Beth Altchek

So get your Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) and get cooking!

Food Styling and photography Alex Roberts http://www.kealro.net/

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  • Alice in Richmond January 13, 2017, 1:22 am

    I have read Book One in three days! I can’t wait to keep going with Book Two. Very entertaining and authentic!,

    • Penelope Smith January 15, 2017, 5:30 am

      My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed your books. Is a book six possible?

      • Octavia Randolph Octavia Randolph January 15, 2017, 12:06 pm

        Book Six is not only possible; it is imminent. I am writing the final pages now. Then I shall read it aloud to myself. Next it goes to Jane Murphy, my eagle-eyed proofreader in Wales, so she can spare you my lay/lie confusions. And very shortly after that it will be in your, and your husband’s, hands – probably in March. Thank you for wanting it!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia Randolph January 15, 2017, 12:06 pm

      I thank you, Alice for making this journey with me!

  • Kathy Monaghan January 5, 2017, 5:16 am

    Oh, how I lament having finished book 5. I enjoyed every time I found a moment to read. Currently in a snow & ice storm and could savor reading even more. Thank you.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia Randolph January 8, 2017, 5:23 pm

      So happy to have kept you cosy company like this, Kathy!

  • Jane December 29, 2016, 12:59 am

    Another Outlander fan who is loving your books. I am telling the story of Ceridwen to my 5 year old grand-daughter!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia Randolph December 29, 2016, 10:37 am

      Delighted to hear you are starting her early on a lifetime of reading, Jane! Thank you so much for telling me this.

  • Dianne December 17, 2016, 1:59 am

    A most enjoyable series.I wish there were more books in this series.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia Randolph December 18, 2016, 12:35 pm

      Book Six is coming soon, Dianne, early 2017, I promise. Thank you for wanting it!

  • Dawn Bencomo December 17, 2016, 12:24 am

    I was delayed in starting the first book you were kind to offer. Since starting it I have read the first four and am now reading the fifth. As a lover of historical fiction your books are most enjoyable. I will be recommending them highly to members of my book club of Outlander fans.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia Randolph December 18, 2016, 12:36 pm

      You place me in good company indeed when you name Diana Gabaldon’s fine books as amongst your favourites. I share many wonderful readers with Outlander, and with the books of Bernard Cornwell, too. Thank you for sharing your discovery of the Saga with your friends. I count on my great readers to help grow the Circle. Book Six is coming, early 2017…

  • Vanessa Gardner Nagel December 15, 2016, 3:57 pm

    I just finished book 5, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am one of those readers who came to your series through reading the Outlander series. Thank you for enriching my life through stories full of history and love.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia Randolph December 15, 2016, 4:51 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Vanessa! It is our mutual love of history that makes these stories so meaningful to both of us. Delighted to have you along on this adventure…

  • Ali Ginn November 25, 2016, 5:47 am

    Octavia, I really enjoyed these books. I could not put them down and just finished book 5. I have good friends that have just started the Circle based on my ravings. I really appreciate your wonderful writing style and all the time you spent researching this era.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia November 25, 2016, 6:58 am

      Ali, you have my gratitude. Telling your friends about the Saga is deeply meaningful to me, as I depend on my wonderful readers to help grow the Circle, as it were. I thank you! Book Six is coming along nicely, and will have it in your hands in early 2017…

  • Julie Bayless November 24, 2016, 5:36 pm

    Thanks so very much for The Circle of Ceridwen series. I’ve loved every book!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia November 25, 2016, 10:05 am

      Julie, thank you so much. More awaits; I’ll have Book Six in your hands in early 2017. Thank you for wanting it!

  • joyce brooks November 22, 2016, 5:21 am

    I am just about to start book five but am reluctant to put down book four. I could read it all over again. I felt I was there with them experiencing their thoughts, feelings and wishes. The way they did things how and why and what was used. Their closeness and love toward one another, what a way to live! Modern world could relearn a thing or two. Please tell me book six is on the horizon.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia November 22, 2016, 6:51 am

      One goal of my books is to encourage people to slow down and breathe…I think you are doing just that, and pacing yourself to make the feeling last!
      Yes, yes yes – there is more to come, do not fear. ? I am making great progress on Book Six and will have it in your hands in early 2017 if all goes well. Thank you for such devotion to my work!

  • Suzanne B November 16, 2016, 11:25 pm

    Octavia…I so loved your Circle of Ceridwin series. I devoured the first three ordered as paperbacks but could not wait to read books 4 and 5. So I tried using the Kindle method and read and read into the wee small hours of the night into early morning….Tindr was/is such a wonderful tale, but I could not choose one as better than another. I am so thrilled to learn book 6 is in the making. I absolutely love your work. Being of Swede, Scot, German, Finn &Irish heritage I am totally captivated. I can’t wait for the Cookbook of course. Thank you for your great creative and insightful gifts.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia November 17, 2016, 6:35 am

      I would say that with your ancestry, Suzanne, the Saga is in your blood! I’ll let you know when Book Six is ready for you…and thank you for wanting it.

  • Maurica Arce Lucas October 7, 2016, 8:10 pm

    Thank you for the free first book, I love how you gave the definitions of names. And the Honey Cake recipe sounds delicious !!!! Thank you !!!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia October 8, 2016, 7:17 am

      You are so welcome, Maurica…and isn’t the very thought of munching on a Honey Cake while reading delightful?

  • Danielle October 3, 2016, 2:38 am

    I am engrossed with this Saga! I find myself throughout the day trying to guess what is Ceridwen’s next move or adventure. Having a one year old and 6 month old doesn’t leave extra time for reading….I have never been so excited for bedtime lol! Also, I really enjoyed the character name pronunciation video on your website?

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia October 3, 2016, 6:58 am

      Many thanks for your kind message; it means a great deal to connect with new readers. Especially very busy young mothers like yourself! You have so little time to yourself, and hearing you are spending it with Ceridwen is truly satisfying for me.

      And I’m so happy you enjoyed the “Names” video – it really does help to “fix” the names in your head, so you don’t mentally come to a momentary halt while reading…and making that video was fun for me, so I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      I hope you will go on and follow Ceridwen and her circle of friends through the entire Saga – I am writing Book Six now, so I promise there is much to look forward to.

  • Cindylee Jenks September 8, 2016, 10:03 pm

    Hello, I found you on Facebook late last night and went to my Nook and purchased a box set of your first three books. I have not started them yet. I enjoyed Google to find more information on you and enjoyed all the nice comments about your books. I can’t wait to start them. I am a fan of Outlander and have read all the novels in Diana’s series. I love historical romances especially the time travel ones.
    Thank you for my next read,
    CindyLee Jenks

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia September 9, 2016, 6:17 am

      Welcome, Cindylee! I am fortunate to share many thousands of wonderful readers with Diana Gabadlon, and with Bernard Cornwell as well, and am delighted to have you join the adventure. Please keep in touch as you work your way through the Saga. I am writing Book Six now, and hope to get that into your hands this year. Many thanks for writing, and again, welcome.

  • Janice Alexander August 30, 2016, 8:19 am

    Just finished all five Circle books. Absolutely loved them! I would love to get your cookery book but I’m not sure where I sign up to Join the Circle.

  • Mea Cadwell August 25, 2016, 9:45 pm

    I am also looking forward to reading the 1st book of the saga as well as the cookery book(let)! Thank you.

  • Charlotte August 11, 2016, 5:18 pm

    I just finished reading Circle of Ceridwen and really enjoyed it! I could hardly put it down! I really like the style in which you write, and love the historical aspects and details of daily life that you included. I’m off to buy book 2 next; can’t wait to continue the story! Thank you for a most enjoyable read!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia August 11, 2016, 5:41 pm

      Thank you ever so much, Charlotte! I strive always to immerse the reader into a whole world of authentic, and historic, atmosphere. Letters like yours make me very happy that I oftentimes succeed.

  • Joyce Hazlerig July 31, 2016, 12:17 pm

    I have just finished Tindr, it was deeply satisfying to read about Tindr and his story. As much as I love Sidroc and Cerridwen… I am a fiber artist, I needle felt & spin and weave. I just finished making a pair of felted boots trimmed with Gotland locks actually from Gotland. I use to play medieval reenactment in the SCA (indeed my name I choose was Aelfwynn of Ashford). I have a deep and abiding love for the All the peoples and places you have in your books. Thank you for bringing these places to life!
    Joyce Hazlerig

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia July 31, 2016, 2:51 pm

      Joyce, there is real pleasure in pleasing a discerning reader, such as yourself. Thank you so much for writing and telling me so; I truly do appreciate it. And it’s a lovely touch that you are “Ælfwyn” in your SCA life! I’m honoured by your attention and hope to always be worthy of your praise.

  • Leith Masters July 20, 2016, 11:34 am

    Dear Octavia, I can’t thank you enough for the total enjoyment I have found in your Circle books! I am newly retired and your books have made these days some of my most rewarding days, spent in another era, another country with characters who feel more like close friends or family. On my fixed income, I am unable to travel from my home in Florida so through your books, I am on the most wonderful “vacation” while I sit in my favorite reading places in my home. I was born & raised in Michigan, a cold & northern climate with similarities close to Gottlands. I can feel the reminiscent way of their lives in living and preparing for a long dark winter. Also, my family manufactured woolen coats & blankets from the 1920’s – the 1950’s. I was given a kit with a weaving shuttle an samples of wool in all its stages prior to the weaving process. Again, your books bring back some of my happiest memories., with weaving terms as “the woof & warp”, carding, etc. I adore your descriptions of foods & preparation methods! ( even though I get a screaming appetite as I read them). Once again, thank you for your wonderful book series and for continuing on with Book Six!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia July 20, 2016, 5:53 pm

      Leof Leith
      I am so touched at your beautiful letter – thank you so much. I can ask for no more meaningful praise than what you have bestowed upon me here; that I am recalling to your heart and mind happy childhood days, and even more than that, a kind of ancient tribal memory – o ye of Northern Blood! – which brings you quiet pleasure. And you make me smile at your hanger pangs. I think you deserve some Honey Cakes. Now.

  • Juli July 2, 2016, 1:12 am

    Dear Ms. Octavia,
    I normally do not post comments regarding books that I have read. However, I have spent the last few weeks devouring the Ceridwen series. I absolutely loved them. I am so happy I just came across them while looking for something new. I accidentally hit “buy now” on book two, so I went in and bought book one. Thinking, what the Heck?! Fell in love and couldn’t put my Kindle down. Thank you for transporting my mind to another time and place! As a mother of 3 getting a break like that is rare and I enjoyed every minute of it!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia July 2, 2016, 10:27 am

      Juli, there is something special in the way you came to my books – by accidentally buying Ceridwen of Kilton! This gives me a smile, indeed. However ardent readers come to find me, I am grateful and happy. You probably know I am working on Book Six now, so I hope to continue giving busy readers like you a respite from the demands of your full lives. Thanks for joining me, and Ceridwen, on this adventure.

  • Carol Kinsey June 7, 2016, 8:55 pm

    Dear Octavia.
    My husband and I have just finished Tinder. We very much enjoyed all five of the Ceridwen series. We are looking forward to book 6.
    I am also waiting for the download of your cookbook.

    Best wishes, Carol

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia June 8, 2016, 6:29 am

      Thanks ever so much, Carol! It is always a great source of personal pleasure to hear of couples reading the novels together. And your Cookery Book(let) is on its way to you, now. I’m glad you look forward to it. I really an truly do cook form it, the oat griddle cakes, honey cakes, barley browis, and “venison” pie make regular appearances on my table!

  • Loren June 4, 2016, 7:12 pm

    I have just completed book 5 of this saga and have been enthralled from start to finish. Thank you Octavia for such a wonderful story, one that I have greedily devoured.
    My husband is Danish born and as a child moved to Sweden with his family. Consequently I have lived in both countries for short periods of time.
    I have also visited Gotland, and loved the history abound island.
    So this story easily resonated with me. I completely feel in love with Sidroc, and his devotion to Ceridwyn, and only wish that I could keep reading this amazing story always.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia June 5, 2016, 1:44 am

      Loren, I’m so grateful for your support for my work – and thrilled that you personally know Gotland (where I just returned from!) Praise from readers such as you, with direct knowledge of the places I write about, is immensely meaningful to me. I also thank you for understanding Sidroc, and his unbreakable connection to Ceridwen…needn’t say more than that. When you understand it, you understand it. (It’s quite gratifying to me that lots of my male readers understand it, too.) I’m working on Book Six now, and will let you know when it’s released! Until then, please tell your friends about the Saga, Loren. Many thanks again.

  • Rebecca May 21, 2016, 2:05 pm

    Loved your series and look forward to book 6. I’m hoping it will continue to finish out the story started in book 1.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia May 21, 2016, 2:47 pm

      Leof Rebecca (hailing you in Old English)

      Your instincts are indeed good ones. Book Six will see a return to Angle-land, as we follow the younger generation as they grow and develop. But it is Ceridwen’s “circle”, and we shall never be too far from her… I thank you for your devotion to my work!

  • Brenda W. April 11, 2016, 8:14 pm

    Oh, how I have enjoyed all of your books! You truly bring these characters to life and I don’t want them to vanish! I am thrilled Book Six is in the works and I anxiously await its arrival! I love your style!!!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia April 11, 2016, 8:39 pm

      Brenda, I thank you so much. I feel extremely fortunate to have such readers as you. I’ll let you know when Six is coming.

  • Suzanne April 4, 2016, 11:10 pm

    Dear Ms. Randolph, I just got finished reading Tindr. And I have ended many a book with a happy smile of satisfaction, but this book, oh, just gave my heart that special feeling- smile too. I loved the ending; the sneaky way you tell us that Deer had been sleeping in late and how Tindr meets up with the white hind again. Love it! But then you say this is the end of Tindr’s tale. Surely not! Hopefully, he and his family will find a place with Ceridwen and Sidroc again.

    I am a fan of your writing style and look forward to your next release. Thank you so much for bringing many hours of entertainment to me and others.

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia April 5, 2016, 7:38 am

      Suzanne, many warm thanks! Tindr was a true joy for me to write, and I am gratified that you enjoyed it so. Book Six is already in the works; I have been sketching it out in my head, and am eager to truly begin it. I will keep you posted. Until then, I feel fortunate to have a devoted reader like you!

  • Mary Joe March 21, 2016, 5:44 am

    Dear Octavia,
    Your knowledge and fire for the time period, storyline and dedication to the material has lit that same fire in so many. Me, for sure! Just finished book 4 in perfect timing for book 5’s exciting release. Please have a six in the wings, I don’t want it all to end… I miss the characters when I don’t have my kindle around.
    Faithfully jonesing for six as I start 5, immense gratitude for sharing your knowledge and love of the time, place and human endurance. You are an excellent writer never tripping up the story with broken skills.
    Thanks again,
    MJ

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia March 21, 2016, 8:43 am

      Ah Mary Joe, you make me smile! I am so happy about your timing – just having finished Hall of Tyr, and that very week Tindr is released – and promise Book Six is in the works. I still have more work on the launch of Tindr to do, but later on this year I’ll be returning to my beloved Gotland, where I hope to get much writing done as well as make more videos, and undertake more research. Thank you for your very kind words. It is a great pleasure to write for a reader as discerning as you.

  • Diana February 20, 2016, 8:13 pm

    Thank for your beautifully written The Circle of Ceridwen Saga! I have truly enjoyed how you brought to life — settings (time period and exotic places), your well developed characters, adventures and chivalry! Books like yours are like friends you can visit again and again!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia February 20, 2016, 8:27 pm

      Diana, what very kind words. I am so grateful that you have given these novels your time and attention, and felt rewarded in return. I’m happy to tell you that Book Five will be released very shortly…you are part of the Circle – the mailing list – so you shall be the first to know. Many thanks for your faithfulness to my work. Octavia

      • Diana February 20, 2016, 8:59 pm

        You are welcome. I am looking forward to reading the fifth book in this marvelous saga. Would it be possible to print your cookbook? I am not able to download the cookbook. Thank you. Blessings to you!

  • BJ January 18, 2016, 8:02 pm

    Just finished the first book in The Ceredwin Saga. I’m 71 but have never experienced a page turner as I always go to bed at 10pm ,no matter what. Well, you can imagine my surprise to find my evening reading time extending well beyond 12pm.. The writing style is smooth as satin and touches on all the senses. It is -23 F here in northern Vermont but the joy of the reading keeps one warm. Thank you Octavia.

  • jenny ferrar November 10, 2015, 5:39 am

    Please may I join the circle and receive your cookery booklet – for printing?

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia November 10, 2015, 6:07 am

      Yes, Jenny – of course! When you sign up you’ll receive complete (& easy) instructions on how to print it out as a paper booklet. And you may also use the Cookery Book(let) on your iPad or phone, as well. Hope you enjoy cooking from it!

  • Sare September 18, 2015, 11:42 am

    I spent the whole summer reading all four Cerridwen books. The last I just finished on vacation, where I sat by the ocean and read each day! Thank you, Octavia, for a very interesting and intriguing series! I look foreword to book 5!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia September 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

      I’m delighted, Sare, that Ceridwen & company got to join you on your Summer holidays (you know they’ve been though quite a bit and needed a break…). Thank you for making them such an important part of your year. I’ll let you know when Book Five is ready! wes thu hal (be whole and hearty) Octavia

  • Kathi Rogers September 10, 2015, 8:27 pm

    Absolutely wonderful series!

    • Octavia Randolph Octavia September 11, 2015, 11:19 am

      Thank you so much, Kathi! I hope you got your Cookery Book(let) and can stir yourself up some browis while you wait for Book Five…
      Many kind thanks,
      Octavia

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