(Kakaw (‘cacao’) written in Mayan script. The word was also
written in several other ways in old Mayan texts. - see right)
Chaucer wrote of romantic love in his “Parlement of Foules” (1382) and I gave an appreciation in my post two years ago, love never got a look in last year!
|Cacao seed in the fruit or Pocha|
JD Meier, at Sources of Insight, recently had a post “How to Read Poetry to Expand your Heart” – which is excellent ... so often I start reading a poem and that is it ... it fades – here Carolyn Elliot (JD’s guest) gives a simple suggestion – now I know I will look at a poem in a different light .... and consider its ‘Aether’: please pop over and read.
Cacao fruits on the tree
Poetry, whether or not you have a beloved in your sights, has the power to shift the soul and these 30 poems can do just that –
Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare;
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun; ...
The Passionate Shepherd by Christopher Marlowe
Come live with me and be my love, ...
One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker
A single flow’r he sent me, since we met, ...
|Kouame Alphonse Fasseri -|
c/o Nestle + the Eden Project
Where does chocolate come from? As part of our festival of chocolate, cocoa grower Kouame Alphonse Fasseri from Africa’s Ivory Coast, tells the Eden Project his story ... and how chocolate has made a difference to his and his family’s daily life – read here.
We know that the Mexicans and Mayans revered and added chocolate to their recipes – here is an interesting one ... still applicable for our end of winter, and ready for the southern hemisphere’s autumn and winter ...
the Eden Project's: Savoury Chocolate recipe: Borlotti Bean Mole with Roasted Winter Vegetables ...
A Mayan chief forbids a person
to touch a jar of chocolate
He had Cups of Gold, and Salvers of the same; and sometimes he drank out of Cocoas (coconut shells), and natural Shells, very richly set with Jewels ... when he had done eating, he usually took a kind of Chocolate, made up after the Manner of the Country, that is, the Substance of the Nut beat up with the Mill till the Cup was filled more with Froth than with Liquor, after which he used to smoak Tobacco perfume’d with liquid Amber.
Cacao beans were used as money for exchange and as a tax ... the Victorians pronounced Cacao as Cocoa – and that is how it has remained ... fact or fiction – who knows.
Chocolate 'melanger' -
mixing raw ingredients
Chocolate in Europe was a drink and remained so for three hundred years, but with the advent of the Industrial Revolution (1750s and on) many changes occurred that brought about the food we would recognise today.
Chocolatiers – artisan chocolate houses – have sprung up in recent times ... to bring back the nutritious, but extremely rich dark chocolate into our consumer focus.
Phil Neal, Chocolatier, in Turnham Green, Chiswick has a shop named after the botanical name for Cocoa: TheobromaCacao – meaning ‘Food of the Gods’ – here is one of his Valentine’s Day hearts ...
|The Chocolate Drinker -|
by Raimundo Madrazo
Just listening to the Love Poems would do us all good – and if you have an iphone or an ipad ... the App can be downloaded ... you can record your own and send it to your loved one, or read them out loud ...
Poetry might get into our souls on this St Valentine’s Day ... have fun!
Love Poems App ... iF poems App - Record a Poem ...
Poetry with the iphone and ipad App ... Young Poets ... previously mentioned in October last year ... If, Thanksgiving and Nano post ...
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