Do click the links rather than the image - I can't figure out how to link an image yet.Maria Merian, a German explorer, painter and all round fantabulous lady. She lived from 1647 - 1717 and after a life spent artistically exploring the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, she travelled with her youngest daughter to South America in what is reckoned to be the world's first purely scientific research voyage. She was an amazing character and the book is incredibly well written, considering there's so little concrete detail about the lady herself, and much of it is extrapolation from other documents detailing the time.
The book's called 'Chrysalis' and intriguingly enough, despite being bought second-hand in England, has '$7.98' in pencil, hidden in the spine of the dust-cover. If only books could talk.
Onion or salami or any other topping you desire
Spread one half of the toast with tomato puree. Sprinkle herbs on top. Add a layer of sliced onion or salami or anything else you choose. Put cheese over the top of that. Top with the other slice of toast. Bung in the microwave for 1 minute until the cheese has gone oozy and slid out onto the plate. Cut and eat while hot. Try not to go back for more than just one more.
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