Well, I was toolin' down the road after the wedding this weekend, listening to my favorite food show, the aforementioned THE SPLENDID TABLE on NPR. So anyway, Lynne Rossetto Kasper gave a tidbit of trivia I thought was fascinating. Did you know, Ole Nostraknowitall happened to have been an apothecary earlier in his career. In his pharmacy days, the famed soothsayer made an ancient love potion recipe and published it in his A TREATISE ON MAKEUP AND JAM. In the recipe for his Love Jam, he wrote to gather the following:
the blood of seven male sparrows bled through the left wing
mandrake apples picked at sunrise
Bee's laughter (I guess that must be the buzz or possibly the honey)
apple pie spices
Cook together over an open fire, but woe unto you if it is a willow fire...
Have some of that jam over your morning crumpets or French toast!