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Food History, Trivia, Quotes, Humor, Poetry, Recipes
February 3, 2002     Vol 3 #4   ISSN 1535-5659
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"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach
you to keep your mouth shut."
Ernest Hemmingway


When the fruit of the South American Sandbox tree is ripe, it
explodes. The explosion, that is so loud it could be mistaken
for gunfire, has such force that it scatters the seeds as far
as 50 feet from the tree's trunk!


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QUESTION: Hi. Here is a trivia question for you that is driving
me crazy! Why were the preserves from Bar de luc the world's
most expensive at one time?
Your help is hugely appreciated,  laura

ANSWER: Hi Laura,  Bar-le-Duc preserves were made at one time
from the white variety of currants, and the tiny seeds were
removed by hand using a quill, a technique invented in the
14th century. This naturally made it very expensive. Today,
both red and white currants are used, and most producers do
not remove the seeds by hand anymore.


"We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without
conscience, and live without heart; We may live without
friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot
live without cooks.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891), 'Lucile' (1860)


More than 90% of the rainbow trout sold in the U.S. is
farm raised.


Coffee Recipe
"Use a tablespoonful ground to a pint of boiling water [less
than a quarter of what we would use today]. Boil in tin pot
twenty to twenty-five minutes. If boiled longer it will not
taste fresh and lively. Let stand four or five minutes to
settle, pour off grounds into a coffee pot or urn. Put fish
skin or isinglass size of a nine-pence in pot when put on to
boil or else the white and shell of half an egg to a couple of
quarts of coffee."
'Kitchen Directory and American Housewife', 1844


Dr. Samuel Johnson's Dictionary (1755) gives this definition
for oats: "A grain, which in England is generally given to
horses, but in Scotland supports the people."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
English writer, lexicographer, critic and conversationalist


In the 16th century, the Turks were hooked on coffee. Turkish
women could divorce their husbands if the man failed to keep
his family's pot filled with coffee.


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.


USO founded in 1941, provides support for U.S. service people
Birthdays: 1902 Charles Lindbergh, American aviator

Weatherman's (Weatherperson's) Day
1985 The longest war in history ended. The mayors of Rome and
Carthage met to sign a treaty of friendship, officially ending
the 3rd Punic War, which began in 149 B.C.

Great American Pizza Bake
Birthdays: 1911 Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th president of the U.S.
1895 George Herman "Babe" Ruth, baseball player, Sultan of Swat
1945 Bob Marley, Reggae musician (The Wailers)

National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Birthdays: 1478 Sir Thomas More, lawyer, scholar, author, Lord
Chancellor of England, martyr and saint.
1812 Charles Dickens, English social critic and novelist

1587 Mary, Queen of Scots beheaded
1735 First opera produced in the colonies, Charleston, S.C.
1910 Boy Scouts of America founded
Birthdays: 1931 James Dean, American actor
1828 Jules Verne, French writer "the father of science fiction"

Birthdays: 1914 Gypsy Rose Lee, Ecdysiast and author
1923 Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and poet

FEB 10
Chocolate Fest, Chicago, Illinois
Chocolate Festival, Galesburg, Illinois
Birthdays: 1898 Bertolt Brecht, German playwright
1893 Jimmy Durante, "The Schnozz", comedian
1775 Charles Lamb, English literary critic and essayist


"Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but it only takes one to
burn it."
Madeleine Bingham, 'The Bad Cook's Guide'


The first basic cookbook written for the housewife, rather than
the trained chef with a staff of helpers, was probably Eliza
Acton's "Modern Cookery for Private Families",
published in London in 1845.


Clarence Birdseye, (1886-1956). There really was a Clarence
Birdseye. The  creator of the modern frozen food industry, he
helped pay his way through college by trapping and selling
black rats to a geneticist and frogs to the Bronx Zoo. During
World War I, Birdseye and his wife lived in Labrador, where he
trapped animals and traded furs. He noticed that food frozen
in midwinter tended to taste better than similar foods frozen
at slightly warmer times. It was the speed with which something
was frozen, he concluded, that made the difference: the faster
the freeze, the less chance that ice crystals would tear apart
cell walls and release natural juices.


I love your web site! I have had a blast there reading and
looking. I am in need of a recipe I lost, I thought you may
have it or know> how to locate it. I am looking for one called
"1880's chocolate cake" it was for the cake and frosting/icing.
I have the cake part but, lost the frosting/icing part.
The cake has cinnamon and other spices in it, if that helps
thanks in advance, Penny

I believe this is the recipe you are looking for, James.

1880 Chocolate Spice Cake (with icing)

1 c Sugar
1/2 c Butter
1 Egg
1 1/2 c Flour
1/2 t Salt
1 T Cocoa
1 1/2 t Cinnamon
1 t Cloves
1 t Nutmeg
1 c Buttermilk
1 t Baking soda
1 t Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Dissolve baking soda in the buttermilk and set aside.
Cream sugar and butter together.
Sift dry ingredients together. Add alternately with buttermilk
to sugar mixture. Beat well after each addition.
Pour into greased and floured 9x13 inch pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes. Spread icing over hot cake.

5 T Butter
7 T Brown Sugar
5 T Cream
1/2 c Cocoa

Mix all ingredients together and spread over cake.
Return cake to oven and broil until icing bubbles and is
light brown on cake.
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"The cabbage surpasses all other vegetables. If, at a banquet,
you wish to dine a lot and enjoy your dinner, then eat as much
cabbage as you wish, seasoned with vinegar, before dinner, and
likewise after dinner eat some half-dozen leaves. It will make
you feel as if you had not eaten, and you can drink as much as
you like."
Cato (Marcus Porcius) 234-149 BC.
Roman politician and general; wrote first history of Rome.


A Frenchman, Count Odette Phillipe, planted the first
grapefruit trees in Florida around Tampa Bay in 1823.
Today, Florida produces more grapefruit than the rest of the
world combined.


"In Paris today millions of pounds of bread are sold daily,
made during the previous night by those strange, half-naked
beings one glimpses through cellar windows, whose wild-seeming
cries floating out of those depths always makes a painful
impression. In the morning, one sees these pale men, still
white with flour, carrying a loaf under one arm, going off to
rest and gather new strength to renew their hard and useful
labor when night comes again. I have always highly esteemed
the brave and humble workers who labor all night to produce
those soft but crusty loaves that look more like cake than
Alexandre Dumas, French writer (1802-1870)


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Fanny Farmer had to pay the printing costs of her cookbook, The
Boston Cooking School Cook Book, because Little, Brown and
Company were not very enthusiastic about another cookbook.
By 1977, over 4 million copies had been sold, outselling any
other book by Little, Brown and Company.


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"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'


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Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world's
almonds and 20 percent of the world's peanuts.


"Men that can have communication in nothing else can
sympathetically eat together, can still rise into some glow of
brotherhood over food and wine."
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scots writer

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