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 Highgate Vampire 8

The Highgate Vampire
  Sadly the legend of the Highgate Vampire is just that. It was invented by two adventurers out to make a name, and stirred up by local and national press coverage. Disappointing I know, but as Robert Louis Stevenson said, ‘It is better to travel hopefully than arrive’. At least I think it was him, ...

Turin Shroud 17

Turin Shroud
  The Turin Shroud is considered the most famous holy relic in existence.  To be fair, if all the books written about it were piled on a weighing scale the weight of evidence would certainly support that assertion. Allegedly Jesus’s linen burial shroud, it shows a barely discernible imprint of a crucified man. The shroud ...
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