Tuesday Trivia: Part Zeus

I’ve been listening to a lot of Philip Glass* lately, which has left me in sort of a weird, meditative mood.  So I’m working my way through some spreadsheets this afternoon, musing contentedly on Tuesday Trivia, and thinking to myself: There ought to be some sort of rhyme or reason or overarching theme each week.  We can’t just be themeless all the time.

Not that there’s anything wrong with being freeform and fancy-free, but — and if you’ll listen to some Philip Glass, dammit (and, yes, that’s some Candyman you’ll here in there, you bright frightening little thing you) — you’ll see where I got this idea of consistency and repeating themes and undulating waves and peaceful repetition and repeating themes and…  Sorry.

Anyway.

Today’s Tuesday Trivia has a theme.  And that theme is Food in Mythology.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.

  1. According to Greek legend, eating or even smelling too much of this herb will cause scorpions to breed inside your brain.
  2. The dark red color of these berries was once said to be the result of two star-crossed lovers — not Romeo and Juliet — taking their lives underneath a tree, where their comingled blood forever changed the color of the tree’s berries.
  3. Christian mythology holds than as Satan left the Garden of Eden, this plant grew from his left footprint while an onion grew from his right.
  4. This fruit was of great importance in Norse mythology, denoting fertility and being found in Viking Age burial sites and graves throughout Northern Europe.
  5. This highly-controversial symbol is commonly found on Chinese food packaging, indicating that the food is vegetarian and therefore edible for Buddhists.
  6. BONUS:  According to Incan mythology, the goddess Kuka Mama was a promiscuous woman who was cut into pieces by her many lovers, and out of her ravaged body grew this tree and its food of the gods.

That’s it, folks.  Good luck and I’ll see you back here on Thursday!

*There will be no arguments about Philip Glass needing to stick with commercial music or movie scores, no arguments about his much-maligned cello concertos, no arguments along the lines of “well, people thought Stravinsky was a godless heathen of a butcher when he first premiered The Rite of Spring…” and drawing comparions between Stravinsky and Glass (and certainly no arguments comparing Glass to Jonathan Bepler because, COME ON, Bepler is most likely crazier than a shit-house rat), no arguments about whether or not Philip Glass should even be considered a “classical” composer…because?  I don’t care.  This is a food blog.  Oy.  Vey.

English Food

…is damn fine stuff, people.  I’m especially fond of the butchers and cheese shops on every corner, the freshly-baked bread and sweet cream butter in Cheshire, the unabashedly hearty portions and the way that tucking into a steak and mushroom pie feels like pulling on a warm, comfortable sweater.

With this inescapably hot weather, I find myself turning every day to sanguine thoughts of cold, rainy England, trekking through the quiet, early morning streets for a cup of strong coffee and the Manchester Evening News or venturing out at night for a pint of bitter and a pasty in front of a roaring fire.

I can’t wait for autumn to come.

1. Barm Cakes, 2. Coffee and Tea, 3. Meat!, 4. Lunch!, 5. Fruit Stand, 6. Chips at the De Trafford, 7. Lambing Season, 8. Mmm…English butter, 9. Albion

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