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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.



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January 18, 2012


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Very interesting indeed! Isn't it amazing also how far the spices travelled from their origins and how they became adopted by so many other cultures in the west. I grew up with cardamom ('kardemumma') in Finnish 'pulla', a coffeebread that was part of our daily diet. I've since fallen in love also with Afghan cardamom tea.

I was looking up sesame the other day ('cos I was eating a Korean dish with sesame oil and sesame seeds) and the etymology is fascinating, tracking its provenance down the ages.

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