Kate Middleton in India: speaking of lovely!

Yes, she is a lovely woman.  William ain’t so bad either.  They are a cute couple for sure.

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Their current tour of India must be spectacular and it certainly is fun to observe if from afar!

I adore this picture of Kate playing soccer in Mumbai:

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MUMBAI, INDIA – APRIL 10: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in sporting activities with children children from Magic Bus, Childline and Doorstep, three non-governmental organizations, at Mumbai’s iconic recreation ground, the Oval Maidan, during the royal visit to India and Bhutan on April 10, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

Her clothes are to die for.  I love this black and white Temperley London gown, which speaks to Indian design with its use of paisley and other geometric patterns.  Kate is not only gorgeous, but her taste and style are impeccable!

 

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Namaste!

“James cakes” from Wales

I’m partial to anything named James, since a special male in my life has that name, including these cookies.  In the U.K. these cookies are called cakes even though they are made more like what they call biscuits.  Still with me? Ah, those peoples from the U.K.; they like to keep us Americans on our semantic toes, don’t they?

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So, anyway, James cakes.

They come from Wales.  I like a visual aid so here is the location of Wales.  Thanks Wikipedia!

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These scallop-shaped biscuits, made of shortbread dough comprised only of flour, butter and sugar, are impressed with a scallop shell to achieve the design.  Aren’t they pretty?

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Now what, you might logically be asking, does a scalloped-shaped cookie, cake or biscuit have to do with the name James?  I am so glad you asked!

Scallop shells are the symbol of Saint James, one of the 12 apostles of Christ. James is allegedly buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain. Since the 8th-century, Catholics have been making a pilgrimage to the cathedral there and pilgrims on this journey  wear badges in the shape of a scallop shell.

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Back in Wales, under the patronage of King Gruffudd ap Cynan (1075-1137) or his son and successor Owain Gwynedd (1137-70), a stone church was built at Aberffraw with Romanesque features similar to 12th-century churches on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

And it is this building that is thought to be the link between the scallop shell of St. James pilgrims and the small Welsh village.

For a lot more info on all of this, check out the following links:

http://www.aberffrawbiscuits.com/aberffraw-biscuit-history/

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/800-year-old-biscuit-revived-5739908

 

Next time you are eating a cake, cookie, or biscuit shaped like a scallop shell, please send a cheers to any and all people named James that you know!  They’ll be happy you did!