The Christmas Pudding

I once had the idea of cooking a Christmas pudding by usng the original receipe but I gave up on that as a) finding the origins of the pudding wasn’t easy and b) when I delved deeper it sounded revolting. It seems that at the end of the winter solstice (or towards the time of the pagan festival which had been co-opted into the Christian festival of Christmas) all the good things from the recent harvest were poured into a huge cauldron and boiled up, things like hulled wheat, milk, apples, spices honey and whatever was left in the barns and the larders. The resulting concoction was called a porridge.

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CESENATICO AND THE LEONARDO DA VINCI CANAL

It was here that I discovered that the canal that runs through the centre of the town, was designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Is there nothing he didn’t design?

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ARRAS: Wellington Quarry

A visit to The Wellington Quarry, which is in the middle of the old city of Arras, reveals a little-known story of World War I and is a good place in which to try and understand the horrors of World War I.

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