Smorgasbord Reblog – Mary the Jew – by Paul Andruss – One for the cooks amongst us.

Another look behind the legends from Paul Andruss on his blog. This time a woman who those of us who cook have reason to bless… the woman who invented the Bain-Marie and ensures the success of custard and other delicate recipes that require some gentle finesse in the preparation. And you will not believe the story…….

Female Alchemist

Cooks know a Bain-Marie is a ‘double boiler’, a water-bath used for delicate cooking such as making custard. The ingredients are placed in a bowl and gently heated over a pan of boiling water, or individual dishes are stood in a tray of water that is put in the oven.

Bain Marie is French for ‘Mary’s Bath’ and you won’t be surprised to know that it was invented by a woman called Mary, or Mary the Jew to be exact. In bygone days, folks were punctilious in their racism. What may surprise you was Mary was not a celebrity kosher chef but an alchemist.

None of her works survive. She is only known from quotes in a compendium of writings called the Book of Hermetic Lore. These were fragments from different alchemy treatise put together in the 7th or 8th century in Constantinople.

Find out more about this mysterious woman who introduced this very useful piece of kitchen equipment into our lives: http://www.paul-andruss.com/mary-the-jew/

You can find Paul’s amazing posts that have featured here in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/writer-in-residence-writer-paul-andruss/

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

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