The Feast of Frater Francesco Colonna

Tabella Dextra, a scene from Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

According to A Liturgical Calendar for Thelemic Gnosticism by Tau Polyphilus, today is the Feast of Frater Franceso Colonna. Born about 1433 e.v., Colonna was an Italian Dominican priest and monk credited with the authorship of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. In this book the main protagonist pursues his love through a dreamlike landscape, ending when they are reconciled by the Fountain of Venus. Colonna lived in Venice, and preached at St. Mark’s Cathedral.

In honor of Colonna’s origins, please enjoy this Venetian recipe:

Fritto Misto (Fried seafood)


  • 500 g cod fillet
  • 12 pieces sardine fillet
  • 8 giant prawns (shelled)
  • 8 scallops
  • 200 g squid rings
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 lemon
  • Parsley

For the breading:

  • 200 g flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 500 ml wine or water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Cut the fish fillets into small pieces, sprinkle all the seafood with lemon juice and keep it cool.
  2. Prepare the breading in the meantime. Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites and mix them with the flour, salt, oil and wine. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Heat olive oil in a deep fryer. Dip small portions of the seafood in the breading, then fry them for 2-3 minutes in the fryer until golden brown and keep warm until everything is fried. Garnish with lemon and parsley and serve. The traditional side dish in the Veneto region is a piece of polenta.

(Source: Zainoo)

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