was also the patron saint of travelers – and pilgrims …
Cockles – those lovely little shellfish that Molly Malone kept alive, alive-O-O (along with mussels) are the symbol of the pilgrim. According to one source of hazy authority, it’s because pilgrims didn’t really pack up a picnic to go, but rather got to beg for food along the route of the pilgrimage. But the people on the route were only obligated to give them a cockleshell full. This was to share the burden.
To boyle cockles.
Take water, vinegar, pepper, and beere, and put the cockles in it, then let them seeth a good while, & serve them broth and all. You may seeth them in nothing but water and salt if you will.
-1597. Thomas Dawson. The Second part of the Good Hus-wives Jewell. Falconwood Press: 1988. p. 32.
To quote Ophelia in Hamlet(iv. 5. 25.)
“How should I your true love know
From another one?
By his cockle hat and staff,
And his sandal shoon.”
Other cockles in the news …. the Coat of Arms for the Spencer family…..a certain Prince of England being one on his mother’s side…
and as the difference between cockles and scallops….
….and then there are the scallops that are called mussels…..
Did I tell you that August is
ALL THINGS PIEWISE
Send me your pie questions and concerns. I’m hoping to bring you thirty pies in thirty days.