RecipesJimmy RiordanComment

As part of his research into Le Roman Du Lievre, James Riordan prepared a variety of foods using the content of the story as ingredients, the majority of these drawn from a scene in the third section of the story, in which Saint Francis visits God in his garden.

Thus Francis set out to find God who received him in his garden at the close of the day. God’s was both the most humble and the most beautiful of gardens. It was not known from what wonder its beauty came. Perhaps it was that the garden contained only love. Dark lilacs poured forth over walls notched by the ages. Its stones happily supporting mosses, smiling, their gold mouths drinking in the heart of the shade beneath the violets.

In diffused light (which was neither that of the dawn or the twilight, for it was softer than either) lying low at the centre of the garden’s bed a blue garlic bloomed. Mystery surrounded the blue sphere of the garlic’s inflorescence, motionless and collected upon its high stem. It looked as though it were dreaming. Of what? Perhaps the labours of its soul singing on a winter evening, in the pot where boils the soup of the disinherited. Oh divine destiny! Not far from hedges of boxwood mute words radiated from the lips of the lettuces, while a low light clung around the shadows of the sleeping watering cans. Their task was finished.

Trustful and serene, with neither pride nor humility, a sage plant propelled its pitiful perfume upwards toward God.

Francis sat down next to God, on a bench sheltered by an ash tree around which an ivy grew. And God said unto Francis:

Lilacs, violets, sage, leeks, recipes using these ingredients, or ones that relate to the text in other ways will be occasionally posted on this website. These will include those used by Riordan during Appendix E along with others that due to seasonality, timing and other logistics, were unable to be prepared at that time.