Recipe: Stuffed lambs’ hearts

At Joust! we decided to have a go cooking some less popular cuts of meat. We went straight to the heart of the matter (ha!) and asked our local butcher for some offal-based options. He kindly donated us four lambs’ hearts.

What you’ll need:

  • Some lambs hearts (we had four)
  • Sausage meat – enough to fill the hearts to bursting.
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • A bottle of ale (not lager!)
  • A litre of water

The method:

  1. Cut into your lambs hearts and remove any congealed blood (this, if you have time can be mixed into stocks and pates). Make sure you cut out any overly tough muscle.
  2. Stuff the hearts with sausage meat.
  3. Roll the stuffed heart in a mixture of salt and rosemary.
  4. Put your water and ale (you can also use wine), into a cooking put. Heat, but do not allow to boil.
  5. Add the hearts to the pot.
  6. Cook at a warm, but not boiling temperature, for two hours.
  7. Voila – delicious tender stuffed lambs hearts!

One thing to consider if you are going to give this a try yourself, some of the sausage meat escaped in the pot – binding the hearts with strips of bacon would be an authentic and effective way of keeping it all together.

Happy cooking!

Show report: Grand Medieval Melee at Cardiff Castle – 13th & 14th August

Another old favourite this weekend at Cardiff Castle’s Grand Medieval Melee: a show Garrison have been attending for many years. As usual, we had a wonderful time demonstrating crafts, clothing, arms and armour, and even had authentic music provided by one of our members. Have-A-Go archery was also a great hit with the public. Thanks so much to everyone who came along and made it such a special show for us.

NB: Garrison are going to be super-busy over the next couple of weeks. Please drop in and see us at the Newport Ship Open Day on 20th August, or at Caerphilly Castle on 28th and 29th August. See our event page for more detail.

Show report: Joust! at Cardiff Castle – 17-19th June

We had a terrific time again at one of our favourites events – Joust! at Cardiff Castle.

The Garrison provided a full living history camp, with displays of fourteenth-century crafts, cookery and weapons and armour.

Check out our gallery for some lovely shots of our weekend (thanks so much Andrew Forster!).

Show reports: Summer 2015

Garrison have had a busy summer with events at Cardiff, Chepstow and Caerphilly Castles. Please see below for details and galleries for each show!

Chepstow Castle May Show – 30th and 31st May

We took part in a late-May show in Chepstow Castle, offering fourteenth-century cooking, armour, clothing and crafting displays. Photos are below, and for more information about our cookery please see our ‘Salt Dough Salmon’ post.

Joust! at Cardiff Castle – 19th, 20th and 21st June

One of Garrison’s largest annual events took place at Cardiff Castle’s Joust!. We provided displays and demonstrations of fourteenth-century armour, crafts, clothing, cookery, and blacksmithing. The event also featured an incredible jousting display from The Knights of Royal England, along with storytellers, falconry, a children’s dragon parade, and various traders. See Garrison’s pictures from this event below.

 

The Big Cheese Festival – 25th and 26th July

This was the first year the group attended Caerphilly’s long-running Big Cheese cultural celebration event. Set in and around Caerphilly Castle, one of South Wales’ largest medieval castles, it featured huge numbers of stalls, street entertainers, a traditional funfair, falconry, and dancing, along with Living History encampments from ourselves and many other re-enactment groups.

Cardiff Castle Garrison provided our own Living History camp with weapons and armour, blacksmithing, cookery and craft displays. See below for our pictures.

 

Medieval Melee at Cardiff Castle – 15th and 16th August

Another of Garrison’s biggest annual events took place at Cardiff Castle’s Medieval Melee show. This featured Living History encampments and archery displays from fifteenth-century re-enactment groups, circus skill demonstrations, plus appearances from many traders.

We provided a cookery, weapons and armour, and craft display along with have-a-go archery for the public.

We’re still taking part in Beaumaris Castle medieval festival on Anglesey over the August bank holiday weekend (29th, 30th and 31st August), and will be pottering along to Caldicot Castle show on 5th and 6th September.

Upcoming shows: 2015 spring and summer timetable

We’ve been busy booking some shows for next year (2015) and are please to announce the following events:

Joust! at Cardiff Castle

Date: 19th – 21st June 2015

Detail: Weekend long show at Cardiff Castle, with a special opening on Friday 19th for local schools. Garrison will be providing a full living history camp with cooking, weapons and armour, and craft displays, and there will be a jousting display by the Knights of Royal England and various other attractions provided by Cardiff Castle.

Opening Times: 10.00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB

Grand Medieval Melee at Cardiff Castle

Date: 15th and 16th August 2015

Detail: Weekend long show at Cardiff Castle. Garrison will be providing a full living history camp with cooking, weapons and armour, and craft displays, and there will be various other attractions provided by Cardiff Castle.

Opening Times: 10.00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB

 

Show report: Grand Medieval Melee at Cardiff Castle – 16th & 17th August

Cooking display by the Garrison
Cooking display by the Garrison

We have had a very enjoyable weekend at Cardiff Castle taking part in the Grand Medieval Melee; it’s one of the biggest shows of the year for us and we had a great turn out. We were lucky that the Welsh weather, which had been pretty miserable all week, smiled on us and we had lots of sunshine.

Garrison gave several public demonstrations, including cookery, arms and armour, fourteenth-century crafts and clothing, and archery open to the public.

We all had a really great time, and thank you to all of the public who came and had a chat with us and to our lovely members who put on a brilliant encampment and manned the have-a-go archery.

Upcoming show: Melee at Cardiff Castle: 16th and 17th August

A Cardiff Castle Garrison living history encampment
A Cardiff Castle Garrison living history encampment

Cardiff Castle Garrison are exited to be involved in Cardiff Castle’s Grand Medieval Melee event this weekend (16th and 17th August). We will be showcasing a large living history camp with craft, blacksmith, weaponry, armour and clothing displays as well as have-a-go archery for members of the public to test their archery skills. We will also be providing a number of talks over the weekend on various aspects of medieval life.

There will also be various other displays taking place, from period combat for children to take part in, falconry, and  thrilling story telling as well. If you’re free this weekend head along to Cardiff Castle between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m; we’d love to see you!

Show Report: Joust! at Cardiff Castle – 21st & 22nd June

 

A view of the Garrison camp in Cardiff Castle
A view of the Garrison camp in Cardiff Castle (to left of wall)

Wonderful turnout at one of the Garrison’s major annual events, Joust! Photos below of our various demonstrations and talks, along with the events other groups and societies taking part in the show. Thanks very much to both the members and the public who attended, we’re really pleased that everyone had such a lovely time.

 

Upcoming Show: Joust! at Cardiff Castle – 21st & 22nd June

 

Garrison's living history camp at a past Joust! event.
Garrison’s living history camp at a past Joust! event.

Cardiff Castle Garrison are thrilled to be part of Cardiff Castle’s medieval Joust event this weekend. We will be showcasing a large living history camp with craft, blacksmith, weaponry, armour and clothing displays. We will also be giving scheduled living history talks throughout the weekend, including ones on medieval crafts, archery, and cookery and herbalism.

We will be providing all this amongst the Knights of Royal England’s period jousting display, children’s storytelling, falconry, a dragon procession, juggling and junior jousting skills. If you’d like to join in what promises to be a lovely event for all the family, pop along and see us at Cardiff Castle this weekend!