Medieval Manuscript Version of The Cookery Book(let)

The Circle of Ceridwen Cookery Book(let) Manuscript Portfolio

The Circle of Ceridwen
Cookery Book(let) Manuscript Portfolio
as created by artist Beth Altchek

Something very, very special…

How wonderful is it to have a dear friend who takes your Cookery Book(let) and transforms it into a hand-made “medieval” manuscript masterpiece? Because that is what my massively talented friend Beth Altchek did. Taking as her inspiration such sources as the early 9th century Book of Kells, Beth took my Book(let) and created a true manuscript, hand-lettering the recipes and drawing a variety of whimsical, delightful, and beautiful illustrations – and then bound the result in a presentation copy. The completed portfolio is impressively sized, 11 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide, and laced into vegetarian friendly “leather”, with a big metal clasp. Inside is a parchment-like wrapper. The paper of the recipe pages is heavy water-colour paper which took Beth’s paints and inks beautifully. The inspiration, creativity, effort and sheer talent Beth displayed in dreaming this up and presenting it as a gift astounds me, and makes it one of the happiest “by-products” of the Circle Saga to date. Thank you Beth!

Please enjoy it with me:

Honey Cakes

Honey Cakes / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Honey Cakes Detail

Honey Cakes Detail, with metallic copper and gold inks / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Baked Apples and Barley Browis

Baked Apples and Barley Browis / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Baked Apples

Baked Apples / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Barley Browis

Barley Browis / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Barley Browis Detail

Barley Browis Detail. Wonderful peacocks and metallic gold ink. / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Honey Glazed Carrots & Parsnips and Oat Griddle Cakes

Honey Glazed Carrots & Parsnips and Oat Griddle Cakes / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Honey Glazed Carrots & Parsnips

Honey Glazed Carrots & Parsnips / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Honey Glazed Carrots and Parsnips Detail

Honey Glazed Carrots and Parsnips Detail. The two angels are sprinkling seeds from on high! / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Oat Griddle Cakes

Oat Griddle Cakes / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Oat Griddle Cakes Detail

Oat Griddle Cakes Detail. It's wonderful that Beth has used the nimbus of St John to represent the letter "O" in Oak Cakes! / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Venison Pie & Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils

Venison Pie & Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Venison Pie

Venison Pie / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils

Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils Detail

Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils Detail. One of Beth's Bracco Italiano hounds jostled her arm when she was painting this, spattering the page with ink. She cleverly turned these into fish swimming across the page! / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Roasted Fish with Green Sauce and Roast Fowl

Roasted Fish with Green Sauce and Roast Fowl / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Roasted Fish with Green Sauce

Roasted Fish with Green Sauce / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Roast Fowl

Roast Fowl / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Lavender Scented Pudding and 2 Pointer Press Colophon

Lavender Scented Pudding and 2 Pointer Press Colophon / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Lavender Scented Pudding

Lavender Scented Pudding / Artwork by Beth Altchek

2 Pointer Press Colophon

2 Pointer Press Colophon..."a tiny subsidiary of Pyewacket Press". The two pointers are Beth's beloved Bracco Italiano hounds. / Artwork by Beth Altchek

Honey Cakes thumbnail
Honey Cakes Detail thumbnail
Baked Apples and Barley Browis thumbnail
Baked Apples thumbnail
Barley Browis thumbnail
Barley Browis Detail thumbnail
Honey Glazed Carrots & Parsnips and Oat Griddle Cakes thumbnail
Honey Glazed Carrots & Parsnips thumbnail
Honey Glazed Carrots and Parsnips Detail thumbnail
Oat Griddle Cakes thumbnail
Oat Griddle Cakes Detail thumbnail
Venison Pie & Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils thumbnail
Venison Pie thumbnail
Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils thumbnail
Fish Stew with Leeks and Lentils Detail thumbnail
Roasted Fish with Green Sauce and Roast Fowl thumbnail
Roasted Fish with Green Sauce thumbnail
Roast Fowl thumbnail
Lavender Scented Pudding and 2 Pointer Press Colophon thumbnail
Lavender Scented Pudding thumbnail
2 Pointer Press Colophon thumbnail

 

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