17c Polish Christmas

17 century in Poland had seen the change of medieval festivities into more solemn occasion. Nowadays mood of Polish Christmas, full of retrospective prayers and consideration for and celebration of life started to emerge from merry and full of fun medieval times. Gone were the plays and jokes and in came visits to the church and… Read more »

Beetroot

Continuing our series of blog posts on Food Down the Ages, we have a look at the little appreciated beetroot. Beetroot, botanically-known as Beta vulgaris, evolved from wild seabeet, which is a native of coastlines from India to Britain and is the ancestor of all cultivated forms of beet. Beetroot was offered to Apollo in… Read more »

Bay Leaves

Starting a series of blog posts about food down the ages; this week we will be looking at the uses and properties of the humble bay leaf. Bay Leaf has been used for centuries in herbal medicine due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties. Bay Leaf herbal tincture is an excellent remedy for treating… Read more »