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viernes, 10 de febrero de 2012

Cats in Literature

I don't know how to start this. I am not trying to analise the figure of the cat in Literature in English. It will be my modest contribution the twitter group #TodosConManu , whose blog you pretty know so far and you have answered some questions about his recipes, some of them connected with culture in the English-speaking world, Let me remind you his Cock a leekie Soup, starter dish to celebrate Burns Night, or more recently his cupcakes for Groundhog Day.
He, together with Martina,  are the most important cats in my life. There are no words to say how fulfilled I am, so I just go to talk to you about the cats.

Martina by Fran Muñoz

Probably Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll is the most well-known for us in English literature . I have always guess that the name of Alice came from Greek as in Greek, Alice means "truth". It would be a paradox, having the "Truth" in the world of "Lies". However, the origin is much simpler. Alice was the daughter of one of Lewis's friend.

The Cheshire Cat is the cat of the Duchess. Alice meets it when she leaves the Duchess house, and finds it in a tree. It constantly grins and can disappear and reappear whenever it likes. Sometimes it disappears and leaves its grin behind.

The Cheshire Cat is the only character in Wonderland who actually listens to Alice. With his remarks, he teaches Alice the ‘rules’ of Wonderland. He gives her insight in how things work down there.

It is not 100% clear why Carroll named this character 'Cheshire Cat'. "To grin like a Cheshire Cat" was a common phrase in Carroll's day. Its origin is unknown, but it may have originated from a sign painter in Cheshire, who painted grinning lions on the sign-boards of inns in the area.

Another source may be the following: when you take a good look at the "Alice Window" in Christ Church, Oxford, you can see 3 grinning animals at the top of the Liddell's family arms. Perhaps this is what inspired Dodgson.

Also, at one time, Cheshire cheeses were molded in the shape of a grinning cat.
Finally, the Cheshire Cat might be inspired by a carving in Croft Church.

However, although I enjoyed reading Caroll, I prefer Edgar Allan Poe, whose birthday anniversary was three years ago. I read many of his short stories but I let you here the link to The Black Cat, so you can enjoy its reading.

To end with this hommage to Catman I let you with the list of participants. (Thank to Marina, I have just copy-paste your list)

  1. http://nancycatessen.blogspot.com/ @nancycatessen - Tzatziki (τζατζίκι) y su pan de pita (πίτα)
  2. http://www.tartasgalletasymas.com/ @mlunax - Helado de té blanco
  3. http://entucocinayenlamia.blogspot.com/ @maite_maicarai – Flaó
  4. http://hoycocinavivi.blogspot.com/ @vivimartnez - Espuma de remolacha con gambas en gabardina
  5. http://dimequeesviernes.blogspot.com/ @patrixDQV - Coca de trempó
  6. http://lostragaldabas.blogspot.com/ @lostragaldabas - Chocolate Crinkles
  7. http://pinchosycanapes.blogspot.com/ @pinchosycanapes - Ensalada de bacalao y naranja
  8. http://www.losdeseosdelpaladar.blogspot.com/ @nubkor - Pastelito de chocolate y violetas
  9. http://aquehueleenmicocina.blogspot.com/ @malenasintango - Crema de zanahoria, manzana y naranja
  10. http://simplementemicocina.blogspot.com/ @simplemente_Bea - Quelitas
  11. http://lacocinadenesi.blogspot.com/ @nesi76 - New York Cheese Cake
  12. http://laculturadeltupper.com/ @78marijose - Boston Cream Pie
  13. http://www.pimientosverdes.com/ @blogpimiverdes - Macarons con ganache de chocolate
  14. http://www.losblogsdemaria.com/ @losblogsdemaria - Tarta Kit Kat
  15. http://www.thespanishfood.es/ @thespanishfood - Crema de coliflor al comino
  16. http://www.cuisine4you.es/ @cuisine4you - Muffins de bacon y queso
  17. http://deliciasytentaciones.blogspot.com/ @anadelicias - Bisque de marisco
  18. http://www.decaminoamicocina.com/ @raludecamino - Love & Chocolate
  19. http://entrefotosyfogones.blogspot.com/ @megacampiona - Patatas Hasselback
  20. http://facilrapidoysano.blogspot.com/ @facilrapidoysano - Cook a leekie soup
  21. @vero_lai - Muffins de dulce de leche
  22. http://blaukitchen.com @blaukitchen – Baklava o Baqlawa (بقلاوة)
  23. http://travienlacocina.blogspot.com/ @travienlacocina - Bavaroise de naranja
  24. http://magdalenasdechocolate.blogspot.com/ @magdalenaschoco
  25. @roseta_bcn
  26. http://losmanjaresdeanamaria.blogspot.com/ @ManjaresdeAnaM - Galletas de anacardo 
  27. http://operacioncocina.blogspot.com/ @OperacionCocina – Provopizza
  28. http://pasardelaire.blogspot.com/ @pasardelaire – Coca de pebres torrats y Baumkuchen
  29. http://www.azucenaalonso.com/ @AzucenAlonso
  30. http://cocinaparapinuinas.blogspot.com/ - Red velvet cupcakes
  31. http://desirvientadas.blogspot.com/ - Cupcakes glaseados con corazón de nutella y grosellas
  32. http://www.nanilabradoor.es -  #EmprendeAndTweet
  33. http://www.matxi.com/
  34. http://fentdetutto.blogspot.com/ @fentdetutto - Arroz seminegro con sepia y alcachofas
  35. http://missrecetitas.blogspot.com/ @MissRecetitas - Carrot Cake
  36. http://www.mysweetcarrotcake.com/ @carrotcakeblog – Sopa oliaigua
  37. http://www.encarsbakery.com/ @encarsbakery – Paris Brest
  38. http://www.recetasdemama.es/ @recetasdemama – Galletitas saladas de Inca
  39. http://www.enlacocinadepozu.com/ @lacicinadepozu – New York Cheese Cake

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