I am a little short on time today, so no long recipes or experiments in the kitchen. Is it me, or have there been a wealth of feasts and festivals of late? Anyhow, today is the Patronal feast of Martin de Porres. He makes into into my good books with just one act of kindness, although the effect of his simple life on world history is truly amazing. Martin de Porres was nice to mice.
He was born in 1579 in Lima, Peru. He was the son of a lady named Anna, and a Spanish merchant called John de Porres. Because he was born out of wedlock, and because he was mixed race his father did not stay around too long. He was brought up in poverty. When he was a young man he worked with the Dominicans, and later became a Professed Lay Brother. His job was to tend the sick in the monastery infirmary, and to distribute food to the poor and needy of the district.
Martin is known for being very holy indeed. But, what I really like about him is that he is often pictured holding a broom, with a dog and a mouse
at his feet. And in the image here, he has a cat and a dove aswell. That makes me happy. He was a practical chap, but very friendly and kind. In the monastery there was a little problem with mice in the wardrobe of the hospital. Theyev