The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday January 28th, 2015
Episode 216
Previous episode: 2015-01-26
Next episode: 2015-01-30


Today candied orange peels were introduced in Troyzantium. It is also the day a horned owl arrived in the Royal Garden. It is the Feast Day of Riddles, and in the garden, there probably will be CharmX.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is January 28th, 2015.

It was on this day in 1499 that the first candied orange peels were introduced in Troyzantium. Sweet oranges had only recently been acquired by traders, and they were sufficiently expensive that cooks did not want to waste any of the rare fruit. Candying the orange peel in honey allowed for greater use, and preserved them as well. Candied orange peels found their way onto plates farther inland much sooner than the rest of the orange, which was more likely to spoil during shipping away from the port.

The original candying of the orange peel was the brainchild of a chef known to history only as “Goodwife Nancy,” who’s name has been borrowed for many later cookbooks and was eventually taken by a vegetarian chocolate company.

And it was on this day in 1960 that a horned owl was spotted in the Royal Gardens. Unlike most great horned owls, this one had actual horns, or at least antlers. The owl sported a six-point rack and appeared to have difficulty roosting because it kept catching on trees. “You’d think that it would have shed the antlers already,” said one. “I suppose that it’s been a mild winter, so it’s a bit late.” The horned owl eventually entangled in a camellia and was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for care until it shed the antlers on its own.

It is the Feast Day of Riddles. It is considered polite to answer any riddle put to you today. You must at least guess, even if you do not know the answer. It is said that riddling beasts walk the land disguised as citizens on this day, and if they ask you a riddle and you refuse to consider it, they are allowed to take your soul. It is probably better to be safe than sorry.

In the garden, the public hearing…went about as well as expected. CharmX talked a great deal about economic opportunity, and people with ley lines on their property talked about magical pollution and the end result is that they will do exactly what they wish. They have promised to “take our concerns to heart,” which means that they will do nothing whatsoever. I despise progress. At least the parts about industrial magic tapping, not the parts about vaccines and radio.

Pastor Drom walked out partway through, muttering about taking matters into her own hands. I fear for us all, but mostly for my garden.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to you by CharmX Company—no. No. I refuse. The show is not brought to you by anyone today, and we will refund their PR money immediately. An intern will pay for this.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for January 28th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.

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