Mary the Jew 4

Mary the Jew
Cooks know a Bain-Marie is a ‘double boiler’, a water-bath used for delicate cooking such as making custard. The ingredients are placed in a bowl and gently heated over a pan of boiling water, or individual dishes are stood in a tray of water that is put in the oven. Bain Marie is French for ...

So, did those Feet? 10

So, did those Feet?
  This is a companion piece to the William Blake post written exclusively for Smorgasbord- Variety is the Spice of Life. It explores the legend behind the lines in Blake’s poem Jerusalem… And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England’s mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God, On England’s pleasant pastures ...

The Antikythera Computer 12

The Antikythera Computer
  In 1900, off the coast of the Greek Isle of Antikythera, fishermen discovered a sunken wreck from Roman times lying 150 feet underwater. The recovery operation was ground breaking given the deep-sea diving equipment of the time. A modern underwater archaeologist described it as being like ‘drunks with coal scuttles on their heads, working ...

An Ancient Roman Myth 16

An Ancient Roman Myth
  Since I’ve done the Greek myths to death, how about an old Roman myth for a change? The Ancient Romans loved their orgies, right? Sex; gluttony; sickening violence: you name it they loved it. From lunchtime to dawn, guests consumed lashings of wine and exotic foods, such as ostrich and peacock brains, flamingo tongues, ...
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