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X of the Day, part 2: Recipe Corner + Folklore with Freya

Posted 10-06-2008 at 10:23 PM by Freyalise
Updated 10-06-2008 at 10:37 PM by Freyalise
Welcome to another exciting episode of X of the Day!

Firstly, another edition of Freyalise's 'I AM SO LAZY' recipe corner! Today, we'll be learning to make coffee mug brownies, which are pretty much the laziest dessert you could make and still call it cooking.

YOU WILL NEED:
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp vegetable oil (DO NOT USE OLIVE OIL - it burns easily and smells terrible when it does)
2 tbsp water

Mix everything together in a coffee mug.
Stick the coffee mug in the microwave for about a minute and a half, or until the brownie mixture is cooked to your taste.
Cool.
OM NOM NOM. Serves one.

And now, time for Folklore with Freya!

Today, we'll talk about La Befana, who you Trickster players will know as that crazy witch who lives in Snow Field and complains about Santa a lot.

In Italian folklore, however, La Befana (or Saint Befana) is a kindly old woman who visits children on the Epiphany (January 6th, the 12th day after Christmas) and leaves gifts for the good ones, and coal for the bad ones. She is portrayed as an old lady with a black shawl, covered in soot because she enters the childrens' houses through the chimneys.

Sound familiar? I thought so.

There are two legends concerning La Befana's origins; in the first, the Magi/Three Kings passed an old woman on their way to meet the infant Jesus. They invited her along, but she was too busy cleaning her house and had to refuse. When she finished, she set off on her own, but got lost along the way and never saw Jesus. Now, she looks for him every year, and gives gifts to all the children she meets.

In the second story, La Befana was an ordinary woman who had a son she loved very much. When he died, she was driven mad by grief. Upon hearing the news of Jesus's birth, she set out to see him, convinced that he was her son brought back to life. Eventually, she met Jesus, and presented him with many gifts. Delighted, he gave her an even greater gift in return - she would be the 'mother' of every child in Italy. And every year, in celebration of the day she met Jesus, La Befana goes through Italy, giving gifts to every child.

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