And the ancient cooking book is…

As a couple of you from Thursday Thirteen have asked about it, here’s a picture and the link. I’m addicted to anything Greenwood Press brings out, LOL There’s a Medieval Science and Technology that has my name on it too… as well as the book about the Vikings, and the Age of Sail and… well you get the picture. *grin*

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Thursday Thirteen #9 – Ancient Cooking

 


I write fantasy. The problem of food often comes up so I finally bought a book on ancient cooking last week. So, without further ado here are…

Thirteen Things about Ancient Cooking


1…
Food was thought as a way to preserve health and a treatment for sickness.

2… Milk was a seasonal food. (A complete d’oh moment for me. Of course it would be, LOL)

3… Wild-picked food was looked down upon. Only the poor foraged.

4… Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves were so expensive they were used for medicine and perfume, not cooking. (The reason I started investigating ancient cooking was a WIP called Alchemy – and I was using cinnamon for medicine. Happy to see I was right, LOL)

5… Sugar was unknown in the west before fourth century BCE – and then again for medicine.

6… Only the Romans had lunch. *grin*

7… Grain-based food was considered a sign of civilisation.

8… In the Greco-Roman period, sitting up to eat was a sign of social inferiority.

9… Carrots ranged in colour from purple to red, yellow to white.

10… The Greeks didn’t have chicken in their diet until the sixth century BCE

11… And another fun chicken fact. The Romans invented chicken soup for nursing the unwell.

12… And some yucky facts. Sow’s womb was a Roman gormet treat. Yum

13… Fermenting fish brine was the key ingredient in ancient cooking, made from salting fish for weeks or months and allowing the flesh to rot down…

Thursday Thirteen #8 – Paintings

13 Painting by John W Waterhouse.

Yes, bit of an odd one this week, but I do love his work.


Thirteen Things about Kim Rees1….

The Sorceress ~ 1913. I’m co-founder of a group of writers called the Daughters of Circe. This image forms a part of our logo. And I really would love to have hair that colour!

2… The Magic Circle ~ 1886. I just want to write a story around this one. The beautiful dressed sorcerer with her wild hair, chickens and crows *grin*

3… Dolce Far Niente ~ 1880. It means ‘It’s sweet doing nothing’, which is perfect for this blog, LOL. It’s also posted on the Daughters of Circe blog as a part of May Madness

4…


Ulysses and the Sirens ~ 1891. Have to admit, I’ve always been obsessed about Greek myths since I was very small and constantly read Enid Blyton’s take on it, LOL

5…

The Siren ~ 1900. She looks so graceful sitting on that outcrop of very jagged rock… LOL I could still stare at it for a good long while though, just for her skin and the silver glint of her tail. *grin*

6…

The Crystal Ball (with Skull) ~ 1902. The feel of the fabric, the way he’s painted the tiles… *sigh* Even the skull is cool, LOL

7…

A Tale from the Decameron ~1916. I like the girl on the far left. Yadda, Yadda, heard it all before *smirk*

8…

Consulting the Oracle ~ 1882 I originally started looking at Waterhouse again this week because of this painting. I was hunting for images of Delpi and this popped up.

9…

La Belle Dame Sans Merci ~1893. I studied Keats at college. Much prefer looking at this painting though… though just reading the poem again, it actually gave me chills, LOL

10…

Boreas ~ 1902. I could happily stare at this one all day. I love the colours and the incredible folds of that slate blue material.

11…

Hylas and the Nymphs ~1896. This has what I’ve always loved about Waterhouse since I first saw his painting: the incredible luminscience of his subjects’ skin.

12…

The Danaides ~ 1903. Second most favourite painting. Not a very pleasant myth… but if you have to pour water endlessly, then pouring it with those jars wouldn’t be so bad 😉

13…

Miranda – The Tempest ~ 1916. Absolutely most favourite painting. I love his redheads, LOL

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Thursday Thirteen #7

Thirteen jobs to do in our Garden

1… Put in French windows. The previous owner of forty years ~ a Chief Inspector who loved his car far too much ~ took them out so he could attach a garage to the house. Argh!

2…Clear the garden of all rubble. That’s The Ent’s job, as he put it there in the first place *smirk*

3… Patch the garden walls. Ripping down the horrid old garage left huge crumbling holes in the inner wall.

4… Paint the garden doors. We have four of them. Bit excessive, you’ll agree, LOL

5… Dig out the concrete base of the garage and landscape it. Samwise has told us that if it’s a garden it has to have grass. So grass it is.

6… Partition off the bins (refuse, green waste, recycling and compost – yes, as many bins as we have doors *grin*) with a wall. What this wall will be made of is still up for debate. Living willow would be cool… and probably wrecked in the first afternoon, LOL

7… Cobble the paths and put stairs in beneath the French windows. No doubt, the hobbits will complain about the stairs, as they’ll be leaping from the open windows to the muddy grass below… Why am I doing this again???

8… Paint the garden walls and possible decorate with willow, hazel type things. Yes, we’re getting vague now LOL

9… Buy the slide/tower contraption and set it as far from the house as we can. This is not far, btw. We have a ‘town garden’ i.e. tiny.

10… Put out the table which is currently skulking in the outside store, wrapped in polythene and half forgotten.

11… Buy planters, position them again the house and try to hide the drains. We have four… that number just keeps coming up, doesn’t it?

12… Fun part. Buy plants. Yay. Lots and lots and lots of them and stuff them in the planters.

13… Stand back, admire, watch the hobbits destroy it… and remember that there’s a garden off to the side that needs sorting too. Bugger


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Thursday Thirteen #6

Thirteen Things I did since the last TT.

1… Bought a new kettle… and have it poison me. Don’t ask.
2… Celebrated a birthday. This little tiger boy was 3 on Monday:

3… Had too much cake than was good for me. (See above.)

4… Spent too much time on a certain website, watching my book climb the charts. (I’ll just have a quiet *squee* moment to myself about that, LOL)

5… Actually got some writing done. Alchemy is almost 8000 words and rising and it’s much better than the initial draft. Which is always a nice bonus 😉

6… Made the children stay up late and watch the new series of Dr Who. Then re-enact the episode with them for the next few days… What? Doesn’t everyone?

7… Hid from the sun. How ridiculously hot is it in the UK right now?

8… Not tidied up for the relatives who are coming at the weekend to see the birthday boy.

9… Made binoculars from toilet rolls for both Hobbits… which turn out to be the best toys they have ever played with.

10… Spent too much time hunting for the smell of indigo. Specifically, middle eastern/asian indigo dye. So-o-o-o wish I would have bought some when we were in Egypt. It would have stopped #11

11… Inhaled the odour of frozen peas… because someone said indigo smelt like that. See the lengths I go to for verisimilitude in my stories? LOL

12… Came up with a very odd tagline for my next book. I blame #1 for it.

13… And all together now… I really have been writing. YAY


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Thursday Thirteen #5

So I definitely blog about Wales, here’s…

Thirteen Things to do in Wales.
And beware, there are more castles here than is safe for human consumption.

1… Stay in a 17th Century cottage, in Ysbyty Ifan in Snowdonia National Park


2… Go to the perfect castle on the first day. I love Beaumaris. I want to go back – luckily we’re headed by to the same cottage in August *grin* 3… Take too many pictures of said perfect castle.

4… Let your small boys run riot around the castle grounds. Only one small boy was caught on camera, the other is camera-shy, LOL

5… On the second day, find yourself another castle in Edward I’s Ring of Iron – or is it Stone *grin* This one is Criccieth.

6… Take as in #3 pictures of the castle as possible

7… Head for a beach in the afternoon. We managed a different one every day. 8… Head for the walled town of Caernafon 9… Copy #3 and #5 of course, LOL.
10… Take the picture of the holiday. I love this photo – and it hasn’t been altered in any way.

11… Take the hobbits to yet another beach. This is Llandudno’s West beach

12… Try to squeeze in those extra castles, just to keep up the quota. This is Harlech and Conwy.

13… And on the last day, head for Harlech beach, *the* best beach, and watch while the men tackle the difficult job of flying a kite.
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Thursday Thirteen #4

Since I am never getting around to blogging about Rome (this week’s excuse is small child germwarfare ie what bugs can we infect you with now, Mummy) I’ll TT about it. So…

Thirteen Things to do in Rome.

1… Stay in a beautiful hotel

2…Arrive at the magnificent Trevi Fountain… only to find no water and two men having fun scrubbing it out

3… Mistake the column of Marcus Aurelius for that of Trajan

4… Get your first photo of the Forum

5… Get your 79th photo of the Forum… 😉

6… Take as many pictures of the colleseum as humanly possible

7… Realise that St Peter’s Square is fairly big… though not as big as Tianamen… 😉

8… Have fun with light in St Peter’s Basilica

9… Stand by this; it’s an altar. I had to wait a good ten minutes to take a clear photo as so many people were posing under the skeleton. Nice…

10… Run down this staircase out of the Vatican museum. There’s usually one pic that I love from every holiday… and this is the Roman one.

11… Visit the Baths of Caracalla, because no one else does *grin*. Vast place that we went to on Valentines Day. The Ent The Ent proposed… and then we managed to talk ourselves out if again, hehe

12… When in Rome, one must really see the pyramid… so we did. *grin*

13… And on the final morning, you must get soaked to the skin and have to get on the plane home uncomfortably damp.

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14…Added extra… Remember to take your Alphasmart, for writing and making blog posts… and only turn the damn thing on for ten minutes on the plane back! LOL

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