Wilson Kane wins a fortune and his future bride at a game of dice from the former pirate Balthasar. When he decides to go and get the girl, the pirate way, by kidnapping her, not only he finds out that she is more than a pirate could ever want from a wife... but that she has 4 identical sisters as well.
This discovery hits him when his men, who were supposed to help him out, each kidnaps a different girl... and none of them gets the right one! But Wilson Kane wants the girl he had met and no one else! Luckily for him it will be the girl herself to solve his problem and put an end to his dilemma...
a solution that will eventually fling her into a new way of life, aboard the Alidivento, across the Mediterranea sea!
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Bracciatella and Estense Soup curiosities
According to Wikipedia the English Soup was invented in the XIX century and legend has it that it was invented in the XVI century by the Duke of Este.
This website knows it better as it connects the origin properly to the Bracciatella cookie, the Alchermes wine and the original dessert that inspired it: the trifle.
Now, English Soup is what you get nowadays with sponge-cake, dipped in liquor and yellow custard-like (but not really custard) cream.
Originally the dessert was made with Bracciatella cookies. Somehow this process is very similar to the tiramisù one (we all know that the real tiramisù is made with Savoiardi cookies and not sponge-cake).
Truth be told several regions dispute the origin of the dessert, between Bologna and Tuscany. Each of them with their own version of it.
The Alchermes takes it's name by the Arabian word al-qirmis, that basically means: crimson and cochineal (due to the fact that the insect was used in the preparation of the liquor to give the red die - which, of course, made it very unpopular in the last century when people figured came to know about it. Now they use food die to make it instead).