Plum Pudding is a rich boiled suet pudding containing raisins, currants, and spices. History/Orgin: Plum Pudding is the traditional end to the British Christmas dinner. Christmas pudding originated as a 14th century porridge called ‘frumenty’ that was made of beef and mutton with raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices.
HIstory/Orgin: In ancient Egypt, basil was likely used as an embalming and preserving herb as it has been found in tombs and mummies. Perhaps because of its embalming applications, basil was also a symbol of mourning in Greece where it was known as basilikon phuton, meaning magnificent, royal, or kingly herb. Basil also has aContinue reading “BASIL”
Bagel is a bread product originating in the Jewish communities of Poland. It is traditionally shaped by hand into the form of a ring from yeasted wheat dough, roughly hand-sized, that is first boiled for a short time in water and then baked. Lox is a fillet of brined salmon. Lox is often served on a bagel with cream cheese, and isContinue reading “BAGEL & LOX DAY!!”
History/Region: One of the world’s most ancient spices, green cardamom comes from the seeds of a ginger-like plant and is native to southern India. The ancient Egyptians chewed cardamom seeds as a tooth cleaner; the Greeks and Romans used it as a perfume. Vikings came upon cardamom about one thousand years ago, in Constantinople [modernContinue reading “GREEN CARDAMOM”
Molasses is a thick, sticky syrup made from sugarcane. The word molasses comes from the Portuguese word “melaco,” which evolved from the Latin “mel,” meaning “honey.” The quality of molasses depends on the maturity of the sugarcane, the amount of sugar extracted, and the method of extraction. In the Middle East, molasses is also producedContinue reading “MOLASSES BAR DAY!!!”
History/Region of Orgin: Native to the South American tropics, there is archaeological evidence of arrowroot use as far back as 7,000 years ago. The South American Arawak tribe used arrowroot as an antidote for poisoned arrows, believing it would draw out the poison [thus its name]. It also is considered to be an effective antidoteContinue reading “ARROWROOT”