Egg magic and magic eggs

Chicken eggs laid on Good Friday were once considered particularly powerful. According to popular belief, they could either predict the harvest of the coming year or, eaten raw or cooked, protect against disease. A Philosopher's Egg And this is a Philosopher's Egg. A what? According to E. Cobham Brewer (Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 1894),... Continue Reading →

Onion calendar 2021

The onion calendar is an old and almost forgotten form of a New Year’s oracle from Central Europe, aiming at predicting the coming year’s weather, which was important for farmers.At New Year’s Eve, they cut an onion in half, laying out 12 “cups” of onion layers, according to the months of the year, and sprinkle... Continue Reading →

From Eden to Jerusalem: 40 Recipes from the Time of the Bible

In this richly illustrated cookbook, I present 40 recipes from the places and time of the Bible, offering insight into the prehistoric and early historical mediterranean diet.  https://leggi.amazon.it/kp/embed?asin=B08LHML76D&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_udOLFb0XP9KAD Wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and honey are the biblical "Seven Types" that form the basis of the cuisine not only of the Holy Land but... Continue Reading →

New novel: “The Emir’s Trace”

My novel "The Emir's Trace" about the history and traditions of Puglia is now available in English: When young historian Lia Winter’s uncle dies, she travels to Southern Italy to spend several weeks with her aunt who is a masciàre, a traditional herbalist. Lia quickly finds herself increasingly fascinated by her aunt’s archaic way of life... Continue Reading →

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