Someone didn’t say her prayers to San Lorenzo before getting started…
Image and humor credit: The Bloggess. Alterations to protect my mother’s sensibilities: Mine.
When I learned that today was San Lorenzo feast day, I was very excited. Not because I am a die-hard Catholic that looks forward going to Mass and having a good meal afterward. Not because I’m a lapsed Catholic that’s just looking forward to an excuse for good party.
Nope, I wasn’t raised Catholic and don’t know much about Catholics’ saints and traditions. However, I love a good story and I was happy to learn the one Signor Martini told Diane Lane’s character Frances in the film Under the Tuscan Sun was, in fact, true. (True meaning not made up for the film; I realize Christian traditions do involve some mythology.)
If you’re not familiar with it, San Lorenzo was persecuted for defying an order to reveal church secrets to the Romans. His punishment was to be grilled over hot coals. According to legend, he quipped “Turn me over, I’m done on this side.”
In the movie, Signor Martini gives Frances a statue of the saint as a housewarming gift. As he does so, he tells her the story and explains this is why San Lorenzo is the patron saints of cooks. Ever since I saw that movie, I wondered if that story was based on a real Catholic saint. Now that I know it is, I wouldn’t be mad if someone gave me a little San Lorenzo statue as a housewarming gift. As any cook knows, sometimes we need all the help we can get when putting a meal together!
How about you? Do you say a prayer to San Lorenzo when you start a cooking project?