Post by beckyminor on Aug 14, 2009 18:34:03 GMT -5
Looks good torainfor! I'm always glad to peruse something that gives a little extra historical reference to things that could otherwise become very flat and one-dimensional in my writing. There's only so much mutton stew characters can eat, after all.
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Post by metalikhan on Aug 17, 2009 22:14:30 GMT -5
The insect link was intriguing. I've raised mealworms for turtles. They were fascinating -- the mealworms, I mean. (The turtles were, too.) Hmmm -- how adventurous am I?
Didn't know marshmallows predated chocolate.
*laughing* I just imagined a band of ancient barbarians sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows. Oh, blast, I burned mine. Hand it over, I likes 'em charred. I wish someone would hurry up and invent chocolate and graham crackers -- I had a mystic vision of s'mores.
Well, marshmallows come from a plant (the marsh mallow, which grows near marshes), so they would probably be easier to gather and process in ancient times than the ingredients in chocolate would be. Chocolate DID exist in ancient times, though (in fact, it came to Europe from the Americas, where it had been consumed in liquid form for centuries).
One interesting thing I found on this list is that Japanese sushi and sashimi only date to the 15th century (1400's) - I would've thought they were older than that. It's also interesting that tofu reached America in 1769 (I didn't even know tofu existed back then).
Oy, I could go on and on. These are the kind of tidbits that shows like Unwrapped (a show on the Food Network) do whole episodes on. I'm going to stop now.
Oh yes I love Alton Brown! they had a show on for a while, I don't know it might still be on and I've just missed it, called "How'd that get on my plate?" Where the host followed a particular food from field through the entire processing um process the frocery store distribution, into the chef's kitchen and onto her plate at some restaraunt. Not a bad show either.