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Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
MAY 2, 2002     Vol 3 #16   ISSN 1535-5659
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"Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes.
It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt."
Judith Olney

Spain and Italy were the first countries to adopt the fork as a
utensil to be used at the table to eat with rather than just a
serving utensil. This was in the 16th century. It would be a
hundred years before the French decided to use the fork at table.


Only the best of the best will be recommended here. These are
NOT paid ads, they are my personal recommendations gleaned from
countless websites I have visited during the course of my
research efforts on food related subjects.

If you like beans or lentils, this is the site for you.
This site is dedicated to beans and lentils: exotic beans,
heirloom beans, and organic beans. They have about 65 different
varieties, which makes it one of the largest collections in the
country. Organic Rattlesnake beans; Haba beans (these are peeled
Fava beans); Swedish Brown beans "passed down for generations
in a family that came from Sweden and settled in Montana." It
is great that some people are preserving these exotic varieties
so they are not lost forever.


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QUESTION: I have found an old recipe for a fish pie given to me
by a friend which includes an item called vesiga but I can't
find any reference on line or in any reference book,
can you help?   Michael

ANSWER: Michael, Vesiga is the spinal marrow of sturgeon, and
a key ingredient in an authentic Russian hot fish pie,
koulibiaca or coulibiac. It will be hard to find today.


"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly
flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence
and delight..."
M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992) 'The Art of Eating'


There are about 500 million goats in the world, and they
produce almost 5 million tons of milk.


American Cookery by Amelia Simmons (1796)
To keep green Peas till Christmas
Take young peas, shell them, put them in a cullender to drain,
then lay a cloth four or five times double on a table, then
spread them on, dry them very well, and have your bottles
ready, fill them, cover them with mutton suet fat when it is
a little soft; fill the necks almost to the top, cork them,
tie a bladder and a leather over them and set them in a dry
cool place.


"Cooking is an art and patience a virtue... Careful shopping,
fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you
need. There is one more thing - love. Love for food and love
for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these
things you can be an artist - not perhaps in the
representational style of a Dutch master, but rather more like
Gauguin, the na´ve, or Van Gogh, the impressionist. Plates or
pictures of sunshine taste of happiness and love."
Keith Floyd 'A Feast of Floyd'


Grape facts:  Grape growing is the largest food industry in the
world.  There are more than 60 species and 8000 varieties of
grape.  The average person eats eight pounds of grapes a year.


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.


(Check the website daily for additional calendar entries)
National Artisan Gelato Month
National Barbecue Month
National Egg Month
National Strawberry Month
National Hamburger Month
National Salad Month
National Salsa Month
National Bike Month
May 1 to May 7 Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange
May 1 to October 31 Gazpacho Aficionado Time

1885 Good Housekeeping Magazine debuts
1670 Hudson Bay Company founded
1903 Dr. Spock was born.

1626 Manhattan Island purchased by Peter Minuit from the
Man-a-hat-a Indian tribe.
1891 Sherlock Holmes goes over Reichenbach Falls to his 'death'

1903 James Beard, culinary expert was born.

1833 John Deere made his first steel plow
1898 Daniel Gerber, the baby-food man was born
1905 Toots Shor, restaurateur was born

MAY 8 John Styth Pemberton invented Coca Cola.

"You don't get tired of muffins, but you don't find
inspiration in them."
George Bernard Shaw, British playwright and critic (1856-1950)


Lettuce (of all types) is the second most popular fresh
vegetable in the United States behind #1 potatoes. The average
American eats approximately 30 pounds of lettuce each year,
which is five times what was eaten in 1900.


Adolphe Duglere (June 3, 1805 - April 4, 1884)
Adolphe Duglere was a pupil of Careme, head chef of the
Rothschild family, and in 1866 became the head chef of the most
famous 19th century Paris restaurant, the Cafe Anglais. He is
generally credited with creating Anna Potatoes. It at the Cafe
Anglais that Duglere served the famous 'Dinner of the Three
Emperors,' for Tsar Alexander II of Russia, his son (later to
become tsar Alexander III) and King William I of Prussia. The
table service used for that occasion is still on display at
the oldest existing restaurant in Paris, La Tour d'Argent.


Recipe By    :Chef James T. Ehler
Servings     : 3   

                       ----- Step 1 - Marinade -----

  6              Whole         Jalapenos
  1              Bunch         Basil -- chopped
  1              Bunch         Cilantro -- chopped
  2        Tablespoons     Cracked Peppercorns
     1/2           Cup         Vodka
                       ----- Step 2 -----

  3              Each           Tuna Steak, 6 Oz Each
                       ----- Step 3 - Cure Mixture -----

  10           Ounces       Kosher Salt
  12           Ounces       Sugar
  2        Tablespoons     Peppercorns -- cracked

Puree Marinade ingredients in food processor until a paste
is achieved

Marinate Tuna Steaks for 24 hours.

Remove Tuna from Marinade and place in Cure for 24 hours.

Remove Tuna from Cure after 24 hours and brush off Salt etc.
Wrap individually with plastic wrap.
Will keep for 1 week refrigerated.

Serving Ideas : GARNISHES: 
Carrots & Daikon very finely shredded, long & thin -
Pickled Ginger - Hard Cooked Egg, Quartered - Tomato Concasse
Sliced Red Onions - Capers - Black Bread

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"Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together.
They are, for the time being, separate, from the world, and
have a harmony of aspiration."
Charles Dudley Warner, 'My Summer in a Garden' (1871)


Pecans are 70% fat.


"I compare a pastrycook who makes good colifichets to a
distinguished fashion designer, endowed with perfect taste, who
can make charming things with very little material. In the same
way, out of almost insignificant scraps of pastry, we have to
create pleasing and graceful things that also tempt
the appetite."
Antonin Careme (Marie-Antoine Careme) (1783-1833)


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More than 75% of the world's supply of maple syrup comes
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children's health than the pediatrician."
Meryl Streep


Miracle fruit is a tropical African plant whose small red fruit
has a very unusual property. When the fruit is eaten, anything
bitter or sour tastes sweet.

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