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Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
November 27, 2001     Vol 2 #46   ISSN 1535-5659
James T. Ehler, Editor, [email protected]
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each day on the website, along with a Daily Culinary Quote,
Daily Trivia and other interesting food items.

According to a companion, Thackeray, when presented with a
half-dozen 6 to 8 inch oysters common at the time: "He first
selected the smallest one...and then bowed his head as though
he were saying grace. Opening his mouth very wide, he struggled
for a moment, after which all was over. I shall never forget
the comic look of despair he cast upon the other five
over-occupied shells. I asked him how he felt.
'Profoundly grateful,' he said, 'as if I had swallowed a
small baby.'"
William Makepeace Thackeray (1852)

The term 'Swiss Steak', referring to a cut of beef that has
been pounded thin and floured before being cooked, may have
come from 'swissing', a British term for cloth run through
rollers to smooth the cloth.

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Potatoes exposed to bright light develop green patches. This
green skin contains the toxin 'solanine' which can cause cramps,
headache, diarrhea, and fever. The solution is simple. Don't eat
the green skin - simply remove it - the solanine is only
present in the green skin and any discoloration underneath it
- the rest of the potato is completely safe to eat.


QUESTION: Hi Chef James, I was talking to some friends at work
and we trying to understand the difference between ham and pork
since they both come from a pig.  Can you help? Thanks, Kevin

ANSWER: Kevin, Pork is the flesh of a pig or hog used as food.
Strictly speaking, Ham is the hind leg of a hog, fresh or cured.
Ham is also used to refer to other cured cuts of pork such as
the shoulder and Boston butts (actually the upper part of the

Chef James,
I'm trying to find the origin of the Prince of Wales cake.
Specifically, which Prince of Wales in history was it created
to honor. I'd appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks, Pat

ANSWER: Pat, I am unable to help with this one.
If there are any subscribers who can help with this, please
email me with your information to pass on to Pat. Thanks.
[email protected]

"To eat well in England you should have breakfast three
times a day."
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

New York Steak, New York Strip, Delmonico Steak, Kansas City
Steak, Kansas City Strip, shell steak, sirloin club steak,
strip steak.
It's all the same steak, names depend on where you live.

From Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Cook Book (1885)
Peach Pickles
Take ripe, sound, cling-stone peaches; remove the down with a
brush like a clothes brush; make a gallon of good vinegar hot;
add to it four pounds of brown sugar; boil and skim it clear.
Stick five or six cloves into each of the peaches, then pour
the hot vinegar over them, cover the vessel and set it in a cold
place for eight or ten days, then drain off the vinegar, make it
hot, skim it, and again turn it over the peaches; let them
become cold, then put them into glass jars and secure as
directed for preserves. Free-stone peaches may be used.

"But, lady, as women, what wisdom may be ours if not the
philosophies of the kitchen? Lupercio Leonardo spoke well when
he said: how well one may philosophize when preparing dinner.
And I often say, when observing these trivial details: had
Aristotle prepared vituals [sic], he would have written more."
Sor Juana InÚs de la Cruz, a Mexican nun three hundred years ago

Sheffield, England has been famous for it's excellent knives
since the reign of Richard I, 1189-1199.

Don’t for get to check David Jenkins,
he features some of my articles and recipes in addition to some
GREAT content from chefs around the world.

NOV 28
"Kukla, Fan and Ollie" TV premiere

NOV 29
Birthday: 1832 Louisa May Alcott, author (Little Women)

FULL MOON at 3:49 P.M. EST, this is the 2nd full moon of the
month, and is called a BLUE MOON
Birthdays: 1667 Jonathan Swift, author (Gulliver's Travels)
1835 Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), author
1874 Winston Churchill, British statesman
International Calendar Awareness Month

DEC 1-7 Cookie Cutter Week
(International Cookie Cutter Collectors Club)

DEC 1-8 Gingerbread Village and Bazaar, Middlebury, CT.
(Gingerbread houses all edible, all for sale)

Chester Greenwood Day Parade, Farmington, Maine
(Inventor of the earmuff)
1891 Basketball created by James Naismith

1901 Safety Razor patented

1786 National Grange founding
(First organized agricultural movement in the U.S.)

"I don't like to eat snails. I prefer fast food."
Roger von Oech A Kick in the Seat of the Pants 1996

Soybeans are planted on almost 60 million acres of land in the
U.S., and the U.S. grows about 2/3 of the world's soybeans. 
Almost 98% of the soybeans grown in the U.S. are commercial
types (for oil, tofu, etc), and only 2% are vegetable types.

My roommates business: Check out Conch Republic Concierge for
all your needs before, and during your visit to Key West.
Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654)
Nicholas Culpeper's 'A Physicall Directory' (1649) is a
pseudoscientific pharmacopoeia. It relied upon astrology,
alchemy, herbalism, and the use of plants to cure human
illnesses based on anatomical resemblances. 
In his own words describing 'A Physicall Directory': 'being an
astrologo-physical discourse of the common herbs of the nation;
containing a complete Method or Practice of Physic, whereby a
Man may preserve his Body in Health, or cure himself when sick,
with such things only as grow in England, they being most fit
for English Constitutions.' It has a wealth of information
on what herbs were being used for in England during the period
before the 18th century. He includes culinary uses for many
edible herbs and plants.

I would love to get the recipe for a very delicious appetizer
that Leverocks serve. It is called oysters Rockafeller.
Thank you very much. Betty
Betty, here is my recipe for Oysters Rockefeller
Serving Size  : 6    

                        -----STEP ONE-----
1/4    whole  Onion -- finely diced
4      whole  Shallots -- minced
1 1/2  each  Celery Ribs -- finely diced
1/2    pound  Butter, Unsalted

                        -----STEP TWO-----
1/4    cup  Parsley -- chopped
1 1/2  pounds  Spinach, Frozen -- drained
1/4    tablespoon  Black Pepper, Table Grind
1/4    teaspoon  Cayenne Pepper
1/2    teaspoon  Salt
1/2    teaspoon  Worcestershire Sauce
1      teaspoon  Tabasco Sauce
                        -----STEP THREE-----
2      ounces      Pernod
1/2    cup  Japanese White Bread Crumbs

[1) SautÚ Onions, Shallots and Celery in butter, till onions are
[2) Add next group of ingredients and cook 10-15 minutes
[3) Add Pernod & Bread crumbs , mix well, cool and refrigerate.
[4) Place spoonful of mixture on shucked Oyster,
bake in hot oven, when bubbling and almost cooked,
top with some parmesan cheese, and brown lightly.
Serving Ideas : Serve with Hollandaise sauce.

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"I never see any home cooking. All I get is fancy stuff."
Prince Philip, Duke of Ediburgh

World shrimp production is over 5 billion pounds a year, about
20 percent of which is farmed.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Romantic poet(1792-1822)

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According to Shinto belief, the Emperor of Japan is the living
embodiment of the god of the ripened rice plant,

My apologies, but I have not had time to compose a new
crossword this week.

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"As for the garden of mint, the very smell of it alone recovers
and refreshes our spirits, as the taste stirs up our appetite
for meat."
Pliny (A.D. 23-79)

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