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I write about : Food, Health, Thoughts, Herbs and Spices for Body, Soul & Mind

Dionysus and the Rose

Dionysus and the Rose   The rose is a very ancient flower. Fossils of rose leaves, shoots, thorns and buds are found as far back as from the Tertiary period. The rose has thus flourished on Earth for more than … Continue reading

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Psito Kréatos

Psito Kréatos   Marigold, Calendula officinalis, is probably native to southern Europe. Nobody knows for sure as it has been cultivated a very long time. We know that the flower was very popular with the ancient Greeks. In Greek mythology, … Continue reading

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Did Genghis Khan’s Soldiers Eat Tabbouleh?

Did Genghis Khan’s Soldiers Eat Tabbouleh?   No, probably not exactly. The tomato was not known to them, but bulgur, green onions and parsley were.   My previous post was a lowcarb recipe for tabbouleh, and as written there – … Continue reading

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Tabbouleh for a LowCarb Life

Tabbouleh for a LowCarb Life Tabbouleh is a Levantine Arabic word which means “little spicy”. It is traditionally a salad made of bulgur, finely chopped parsley, tomato and spring onion dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. Bulgur is a … Continue reading

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Columella Loved Making Moretum

Columella Loved Making Moretum   During the reign of the notorious emperor Nero there lived a man in Rome called Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella.   He was born AD 4 and died ca AD 70. In the first part of … Continue reading

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Two Births on the Island of Cyprus

Two Births on the Island of Cyprus  The legend tells that Aphrodite was born out of the foam of the waves on the coast of Cyprus. Her father was Uranus, the primal Greek god personifying the sky.   Aphrodite is … Continue reading

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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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