Tidbits; Food in History

Oct 2016
Food and History are two of my passions so I thought I'd combine them.

item; antebellum USA South; larger farms (plantations) specialized in 'cash crops', mostly tobacco (mostly in the eastern part) and cotton.
the managers devoted so much land to these that they often did not grow enough food, and had to purchase same. they figured they would make enough $ to come out ahead.
this helped smaller local farmers. also, the mid-Atlantic and midwest were growing lots of grain and meat, and they supplied lots of food to these plantations.
the USA interstate commerce freedom was a big advantage here, as was river traffic. grain in the northern parts could be barged down the Mississippi.


Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
Late Cretaceous
Developed by John Harvey Kellogg, superintendent of Battle Creek Sanitarium, Michigan, as a vegetarian food for the residents. A patent was issued in 1896.

Advert from Life magazine, 1910:



Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
Late Cretaceous
Dinosaur Dinner

Held in the model of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins' Iguanodon at Crystal Palace on New Years Eve, 1853.

As you can see, this first attempt at the reconstruction of an Iguanodon wasn't quite accurate:

The 21 guests enjoyed the following:

Soups: Mock Turtle; Julien; Hare
Fish: Cod and Oyster Sauce; Fillets of Whiting; Turbot a l’Hollandaise
Removes: Roast Turkey; Ham; Raised Pigeon Pie; Boiled Chicken and Celery Sauce
Entrees: Cotolettes de Moutonaux Tomates; Currie de Lapereaux au riz; Salmi de Perdrix; Mayonnaise de filets de Sole
Game: Pheasants; Woodcocks; Snipes
Sweets: Macedoine Jelly, Orange Jelly; Bavaroise; Charlotte Russe; French Pastry; Nougat a la Chantilly; Buisson de Meringue
Dessert: Grapes; Apples; Pears; Almonds and Raisins; French Plums; Pines; Filberts; Walnuts
Wines: Sherry; Madeira; Port; Moselle; Claret
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Forum Staff
Apr 2010
T'Republic of Yorkshire
A common Japanese cake, often sold as a souvenir or local delicacy is the "castella".

It's similar to a madiera cake, and was originally a type of cake made for Portuguese sailors, as it would keep for a long time due to its sugar content.

You can also get "baby castella" at festivals, small castella cakes cooked and toasted into the shape of anime characters.
Oct 2016
seaboard food was notorious
'ship biscuit' was hyperhard crackers that could NOT be eaten as they were, they had to be pounded into powder, or soaked.
many a meal was pickled pork stew and the biscuits
thus the dread scurvy, prevented by juice from lemon or lime (hence brits referred to as 'limeys'.)

dang those cruise ships ate well didn't they. imagine what first/second class was eating


Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
During the 1870 Franco-Prussian war , Paris refused to surrender ,
soon the food situation was desperate ,
every animal of the Zoo was eaten
here is a menu to one of the top restaurant

That Christmas When Parisians Ate the Zoo

The wine list wasn't affected and was outstanding

P.S. when the new government surrendered , the Parisians refused ,
they kept up the fight and had to be slaughtered by French troops under the watchful eyes of the Prussians
Mar 2019
thus the dread scurvy, prevented by juice from lemon or lime (hence brits referred to as 'limeys'.)
Capt Cook during his first great voyage was tasked with seeing if Sauerkraut could ward of scurvy. The crew, put of by the acrid smell refused the rations. The captain posted orders that all sauerkraut rations were being withdrawn from the crew so as the officers and gentlemen on board could have more generous portions.

Within days the crew nearly mutinied demanding their ration of sauerkraut be reinstated

Well played Captain.........well played indeed.