Category Archives: Lenten traditions

Razors in the Sand

Immediate childhood evocation came from picking up and smelling a damp paper wrapped 1 kg bundle of live razor clams. On days out at the seaside we’d sometimes see seagulls dropping razor clams on the road and waiting patiently until … Continue reading

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Eel – the Fish of Mystery and Papal Gluttony

We know less about eels than most other species we eat. So deep is the Sargasso Sea, where they spawn, that few know what happens down in the depths. That they are mystery excites me more. That the Maori people … Continue reading

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Rome’s Spring Trinity

Cheek by jowl, but minutes by foot from Frascati’s faded but magical Villa Aldobrandini’s private gardens, we shell peas and beans, trim artichokes and chatter. We’d also visited the gardens by pulling family ties in old Frascati, so passing over … Continue reading

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