TODAYS FOOD QUOTE
It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects, and the amount of money that goes out of the country as a consequence. Everybody is using coffee; this must be prevented. His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were both his ancestors and officers. Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war.
Frederick the Great of Prussia (1777)
Scientific American, 6/1998
TODAY IN FOOD HISTORY
1886 Coca-Cola was created by Dr. John Pemberton.
1900 Charles Elton was born. Elton was an English biologist who first developed the idea of a 'food chain.'
1848 A huge upstream ice jam stopped almost all water flow over Niagara Falls (both American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls) for several hours. You could actually walk out into the riverbed below the falls
1903 Gustavus Franklin Swift died. Founder of the meat-packing business Swift & Co., the inventor of the refrigerated railway car, and the first to ship 'dressed' beef to eastern markets instead of live animals
DID YOU KNOW? Food Trivia
Baklava is a dessert cake of Turkey, Greece and the Middle East, created sometime before the 16th century. Baklava consists of 30 or more sheets of phyllo dough brushed with lots of butter, and layered with finely chopped pistachios, walnuts, and/or almonds. After baking, a syrup of honey, rose water and lemon juice (sometimes spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc) is poured over the pastry and allowed to soak in.
Whenever I utter the word "exercise" I will rinse my mouth with chocolate!