Exotic Dinner For 400 Guests

 Baked Camel

    Amount  Measure       Ingredient
  --------  ------------  -----------
     1      lg            Camel
     2      lg            Sheep
     4      lg            Turkeys
    20      lg            Carps (fish)
   200      md            Sea-Gull Eggs
   400      lg            Dates

  Cook the eggs, peel them. Scale off the carps. Fill the carps with the dates
  and the eggs. Fill the turkeys with the Carps. Fill the sheep with the
  turkeys. Fill the camel with the sheep. Dig a large mould, give in about 500
  kilos of charcoal and light them. Wrap the camel in the banana-leafs and
  give into the mould. Cover with earth and bake for two days.

Bar Language

In old England, a whistle was baked into the rim or handle of ceramic cups used by pub patrons. When they wanted a refill, they used the whistle to get service. So when people went drinking, they would “wet their whistle.”

”Mind your Ps and Qs” comes from English pubs and taverns of the seventeenth century. Bartenders would keep a watch on the alcohol consumption of the patrons; keeping an eye on the pints and quarts that were consumed. As a reminder to the patrons to be on their best behavior, the bartender would recommend they “mind their Ps and Qs.”

Air Crew Meals

Food safety for technical crew member meals (pilots and flight engineers) is often more strict than for passengers. Many foods are banned completely from crew meals, including all egg products and often any dairy that has not been ultra-heat treated.

The meals supplied on some airlines are labeled with the position of the crew member they are intended for, and no technical crew member eats any of the same products as his or her colleague. This ensures that each crew member eats a different meal to minimize the risk of all pilots on board becoming sickened. This situation was a key part of the plot of the movie Airplane!

Macadamia Trivia

  • Macadamia nuts are often fed to Hyacinth Macaws in captivity. These large parrots are one of the few animals, aside from humans, capable of cracking and shelling the nut.
  • Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. Ingestion may result in macadamia nut toxicosis, which is marked by weakness with the inability to stand within 12 hours of ingestion. Recovery is usually within 48 hours.
  • The trees are also grown as ornamental plants in subtropical regions for their glossy foliage and attractive flowers.
  • Macadamia species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Batrachedra arenosella.
  • Macadamia nuts are often used by law enforcement to simulate crack cocaine in drug stings. When chopped, the nuts resemble crack cocaine in color.

(stolen from wikipedia)

Artichoke Anecdotes

“Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little.” – Thomas Aloysius Dorgan

“His memoir is a splendid artichoke of anecdotes, in which not merely the heart and leaves but the thistles as well are edible.” – John Leonard

“Remind me to tell you about the time I looked into the heart of an artichoke.” – Bette Davis in All About Eve

“His memoir is a splendid artichoke of anecdotes, in which not merely the heart and leaves but the thistles as well are edible.” – John Leonard

“These things are just plain annoying. After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps. Have the shrimp cocktail instead.” – Miss Piggy

“I have a heart like an artichoke – a leaf for everyone.” – from the 1947 film Nightmare Alley

“At least you’ll never be a vegetable – even artichokes have hearts.” – Amélie Poulain in the film Amélie

“A woman is like an artichoke, you must work hard to get to her heart.” – Inspector Jacques Clouseau in The Pink Panther (2006)

Plastic Food

Call it fast food, snack food or even junk food – most people love it! Here are some interesting factoids about junk food.

In the USA the manufactured foods industry spends more than $33 billion a year to advertise products that are mostly loaded with fat, salt and sugar. Of that, $12 billion a year is spent on marketing to youth.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, children aged 8 to 12 viewed an average of 21 food adverts a day. Of those, 34% were for candy or snacks, 28% for cereal and 10% for fast food. None were for fruits or vegetables.

The American National Cancer Institute spends $1 million per year to encourage people to eat fruits and vegetables.

According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, most food advertising on children’s TV shows is for fast foods, soft drinks, candy and pre-sweetened cereals – while commercials for healthful food make up only 4%.

Unhealthful foods make up much of web advertising too. The Kaiser Family Foundation studied 77 Web sites promoting food products to children and found that over three months they received more than 12 million visits from children aged 2 to 11.

Each month, more than 90 per cent of the children in the USA eat at McDonald’s.

During the last 25 years, researchers have observed an increase in fast-food commercials during children’s television programming, with many of these commercials emphasizing larger portions.

During the 1950s, the typical soft drink order at a fast food restaurant was eight ounces of soda. Today, a “child” order of Coke at McDonald’s is twelve ounces, and a large Coke is thirty-two ounces.

Fast food companies make greater profits on soft drinks than on the food products.

In 2008 Americans spent over $64 billion on soft drinks.

Twelve to nineteen year old boys drink an average of 868 cans of soda each year. Girls drink about one fourth less, about 651 cans.

A super sized order of McDonald’s fries contains 610 calories and 29 grams of fat. Other brands aren’t much better: a king-sized order of Burger King’s fries includes 590 calories and 30 grams of fat.

Per ounce, Chicken McNuggets contain twice as much fat as hamburger.

The American artificial flavour industry – the industry that is responsible for the great taste of much of the snack food we consume  has annual revenues of approximately $1.6 billion.

And speaking of artificial flavouring – a typical strawberry milkshake contains approximately fifty artificial ingredients to create that great “strawberry” taste!

(Chef Phillius is proud to declare he has only ever eaten one McDonalds burger – and was disgusted!)

Greek Olives

Greece devotes 60 percent of its cultivated land to olive-growing. It is the world’s top producer of black olives and boasts more varieties of olives than any other country. Greece holds third place in world olive production with more than 132 million trees, which produce approximately 350,000 tons of olive oil annually, of which 75 percent is extra-virgin.

This makes Greece the world’s biggest producer of extra-virgin olive oil, topping Italy (where 40-45 percent of olive oil produced is extra virgin) or Spain (where 25-30 percent of olive oil produced is extra virgin).

Dachshund Sausage

In 1987, Frankfurt, Germany celebrated the 500th birthday of the frankfurter, the hot dog sausage. Although, the people of Vienna (Wien), Austria will point out that their wiener sausages are proof of origin for the hot dog.  In “Every wonder why?” Douglas B. Smith explains that the hotdog was given its name by a cartoonist.

A butcher from Frankfurt who owned a dachshund named the long frankfurter sausage a “dachshund sausage”, the dachshund being a slim dog with a long body. Dachshund is German for badger dog as they were originally bred for hunting badgers. German immigrants brought the dachshund sausage to the United States. In 1871, German butcher Charles Feltman opened the first hotdog stand in Coney Island, selling 3,684 dachshund sausages, most wrapped in a white bread roll, during his first year of trade.

In the meantime, frankfurters – and wieners – were sold as hot food by sausage sellers. In 1901, New York Times cartoonist T.A. Dargan noticed that one sausage seller used bread buns to handle the hot sausages after he burnt his fingers and decided to illustrate the incident. He wasn’t sure of the spelling of dachshund and simply called it “hot dog”.

Sausage is one of the oldest forms of processed meat, having been mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey in the 9th century BC.

No Ham In My Hamburger?

In the early 1800s it was discovered that the nomadic Tartars softened their meat by keeping it under their saddles. The motion of the horse pounded the meat to bits. The Tartars would then scrape it together and season it for eating. The idea of pounded beef found its way to the town of Hamburg where cooks broiled the meat and referred to it as Hamburg meat. German immigrants introduced the recipe to the US.

The term “hamburger” is believed to have appeared in 1834 on the menu at Delmonico’s restaurant in New York however there is no surviving recipe for that dish. The first mention in print of “Hamburg steak” was made in 1884 in the Boston Evening Journal. The honor of producing the first proper hamburger goes to Charlie Nagreen of Seymour, Wisconsin. In 1885 Nagreen introduced the American hamburger at the Outgamie County Fair in Seymour. (Seymour claims to be the hamburger capital of the world.) However, there is another claim to that throne. There is an account of Frank and Charles Menches who, also in 1885, went to the Hamburg, New York county fair to prepare their famous pork sausage sandwiches. But since the local meat market was out of pork sausage, they used ground beef instead, therefore another hamburger was born.

The first account of serving ground meat patties on buns – taking on the look of the hamburger as we know it today – took place in 1904 at the St. Louis World Fair. But it was many years later, in 1921, that an enterprising cook from Kansas named Walt Anderson, introduced the concept of the hamburger restaurant. He convinced financier Billy Ingram to invest $700 to create The White Castle hamburger chain. It was an instant success. The rest of the history arguably belongs to McDonald’s. And, no, a hamburger does not have any ham in it. Hamburger meat usually is made of 70-80% beef plus fat and seasonings.