Monthly Archives: April 2011

Marcus also Wrote about Fish Sauce

Marcus also Wrote about Fish Sauce   Marcus Valerius Martialis was a poet who lived in Rome in ancient times. He was born between AD 38-41 in a Roman colony in Hispania (Spain) and died in Rome between AD 102-104. … Continue reading

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A Fork Goes from Tuscany to France

A Fork Goes from Tuscany to France Caterina Maria Romula di Lorenzo de’ Medici was born in Florence, Italy on April 13th, 1519. At the time her family was the most important in Tuscany, and had been so for a … Continue reading

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Carrots and Anise

Carrots and Anise   Around the end of the 12th century Seville was home to the Arab Andalusian agriculturist  Abu Zakariya Yahya ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Al-Awwam Al-Ishbili. He is known as Ibn al-‘Awwam, the author of the famous … Continue reading

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Easter, the Easter Bunny, and How to Color Eggs with Dyes Made of Herbs

Easter, the Easter Bunny, and How to Color Eggs with Dyes Made of Herbs Today the Christians of the world observe Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. A legend tells that the … Continue reading

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Christopher and the Peppers of the New World

Christopher and the Peppers of the New World After five weeks at sea, October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus, for the first time, reached the shores of what he thought was Asia. He had estimated that a westward route from Spain … Continue reading

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An Ancient Remedy for Curing Cold

An Ancient Remedy for Curing Cold Ancient Egypt is famous for its medical knowledge and use of organic products as herbs and spices for treatments.  It has been found a wine jar from the tomb of one of Egypt’s first … Continue reading

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Potage de St. Germain or St. Germain’s Soup

Potage de St. Germain, or St. Germain’s Soup This is a recipe for a soup that many people claim belongs to the list of the top ten soups in the world. It is said it is named after the count … Continue reading

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Mnemosyne and Rosemary

Mnemosyne and Rosemary I have been here before,                  But when or how I cannot tell:          I know the grass beyond the door,   The sweet keen smell, The sighing sound, the lights … Continue reading

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How to Sight the Fairies

How to Sight the Fairies Sometimes between  1590  and  1596  Shakespeare wrote in A Midsummer Night’s Dream II, 2 : “I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows; Quite over canopied with … Continue reading

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