… where the gods of fertility and creation …

. … the name of the village derives from the names of two gods, Aon,the God of Fertility and Abel, the God of Creation, thus Aon-Abel, which by the passing of centuries and the change of languages that the region experienced was corrupted into Ain-Ebel. …. others believe that the name of Ain-Ebel derives from two words, “Ain” and “Ibl”. TheContinue reading “… where the gods of fertility and creation …”

… is only a plateful of mince

. but – chilli con carne without any chilli is only a plateful of mince… These are the last two lines of “Bitcherel” by Eleanor Brown . . Chili con carne (chili with meat) or more commonly known as simply “chili” is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat, and tomatoes. Traditional versions are madeContinue reading “… is only a plateful of mince”

thou most fragrant, aromatic joy

. Ode To Coffee By William A. Pricé Oh, thou most fragrant, aromatic joy, impugned, abused, and often stormed against, And yet containing all the blissfulness that in a tiny cup could be condensed! Give thy contemners calm, imperial scorn— For thou wilt reign through ages yet unborn!   Some ancient Arab, so the legendContinue reading “thou most fragrant, aromatic joy”

…. the most famous of Vienna’s culinary specialties ….

. Well, it is still raining since my last post. And it is set to go on for another day at least. The sun may come out for a minute or two, before big heavy drops are pounding the landscape again. The sound of thunder bounces off the mountains behind us … since four days. Continue reading “…. the most famous of Vienna’s culinary specialties ….”

who likes the rain ….

. Who Likes The Rain? 
“I,” said the duck. “I call it fun,
 For I have my red rubbers on; 
They make a little three-toed track, 
In the soft, cool mud, – quack! quack!”   
“I!” cried the dandelion. “I!
 My roots are thirsty, my buds are dry.” 
And she lifted a tousled yellow head
Continue reading “who likes the rain ….”

often referred to as passion cake …

The carrot gets its characteristic and bright orange color from β-carotene, which is metabolized into vitamin A in humans when bile salts are present in the intestines. Massive overconsumption of carrots can cause carotenosis, a benign condition in which the skin turns orange. Carrots are also rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. It wasContinue reading “often referred to as passion cake …”

under siege

. A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault. The term derives from sedere, Latin for “to sit”. Generally speaking, siege warfare is a form of constant, low intensity conflict characterized by one party holding a strong, static defensive position. Consequently, an opportunityContinue reading “under siege”

…. is a kind of layered cake ….

. It is highly disputed who made the first Baumkuchen and where it was first baked. One theory is that it was invented in the German town of Salzwedel, which is further popularized by the town itself. Another theory suggests it began as a Hungarian wedding cake, although given its German name this is doubtful.Continue reading “…. is a kind of layered cake ….”