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were founded in 300BC based on the word describing nibbling when
talking as was common amongst Greek politicians.
first useable bread oven was invented at the time of Pericles in
500BC. At the time of Augustus in Rome in 30BC there were 329
bakeries all run by Greeks.
first appeared in Italy in Gaeta between Naples and Rome in 997AD
the reign of King John standard spice and herb mixes were created -
powder fort, powder douce and powder blanch.
original meaning of garbage comes from the name for animals innards
or giblets in the time of King John which were later thrown away.
Polo did not introduce pasta to the world. Pasta is mentioned in
documents from Genoa in 1279 and Polo did not return until 1295.
argued that no weapon of agression should grace the dining table,
thus ruling out knives in favour of chopsticks.
first hallmarked fork appeared in 1632 in UK
first Coffee House in LOndon opened in Cornhill in 1652
con Carne was first written about in The Camp & Fields in 1857
by S. Compton-Smith in 1896. Chope Suey was created in New York by Li Hung-Chang.
first recorded fish and chip shop opened in 1860 in Oldham by John
Lees and outlets grew to 30,000 by 1900.
Chicken was invented by Constance Spry and served at the Queen's
Coronation lunch in 1953.
Kuo from Beijing introduced Peking Duck to Britain at Kuo Yuan in 1963.
1889 Rafaele Esposito created a special pizza for Queen Margherita
in Naples. Pizza was brought to Europe by Roman legionnaries in the
word 'consumer' is said to come from 'Khansaman' the house steward
in an Anglo-Indian household.
curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan where people ear it
62 times a year on average. Curry was introduced there by the British
in the 1870s.
word fajita originally referred to a particular cut of beef - the
tough skirt steak. It would traditionally be eaten by Mexican ranch
workers who wrapped it in a tortilla with hot sauce and guacamole. In
1970 Mi Senor restaurant in San Antonio refined it to use stir fried
strips of beef, chicken, prawns and pork cooked with onions and peppers.
Diego Alvarez Chanca took chiles to Spain in 1494 writing of their
medicinal effect. The name salsa was created in 1571 by Alfonso de
Molina, a Spanish priest, as a mix of chilies, squash seeds and tomatoes.
first restaurant to specialise in Peking Duck, Bianyifang, was
established in the Xianyukou area of Beijing in 1416.
the Napoleonic Wars Russian soldiers placed allspice berries in
their boots to prevent chillblanes.
are said to be linked to female fertility due to the vitamin E and
the Greeks named them 'tocopherol' meaning 'bring forth children'.
is the most popular spice in the world. It is not soluable in water
(or alcohol) and its stinging pungency can only be countered by
casein, a protein found in milk and its by products.
was discovered when an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi in 850AD
noticed his goats started acting strangely after eating berries of a
certain tree. He tried them himself and discovered they evoked a
feeling of exhileration. A passing monk noticed and used them to stay
awake during night time prayers.
who eat raw or cooked garlic regularly face only half the risk of
stomach cancer and two thirds the risk of colon cancer.
surgeons used honey and cod liver oil dressings for open wounds
quite effectively in WW1 as honey contains a natural antibiotic and
draws out water from bacteria causing them to dehydrate.
word 'meat' did not come into use to describe the flesh of animals
until around 1300 until which time it was generally accepted to mean
any type of solid food as opposed to drink.
Jewish Tamud debates whether pizza style dough would qualify as
unleavened bread in the 5th century AD and the Persians had a
tagliatelle-like dish they called 'lakhshah' (slippery).
the end of the 19th century the US Supreme Court designated the
tomato as a vegetable as they "are usually served at dinner in,
with or after the soup, fish or meat, which constitute the principle
part of the repast and not, like fruit, generally as dessert."
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