The History of Chocolate and Cacao Tree Part 3
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5d ago
Chocolate, gambling, debauchery, and plotting to bring down the government... You wouldn't expect that from your average coffee house, but this was part and parcel of the most exclusive clubs of the day, the infamous chocolate houses of St James Square, London... And you thought Aztecs were the wild ones... Sadly almost all that we know for the Aztecs is wrong or plainly exaggerated. Montezuma indeed he had lavish feasts with many courses, but he certainly didn't drink 50 cups of cocoa! And certainly it wasn't an aphrodisiac. This was a strange fascination and obsession of the Spanish conqu ..read more
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A History of Indian Food - Interview with Sejal Sukhadwala
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1w ago
Since starting this podcast over two years now, I’ve covered many many topics from the ancient world. But I’ve never ventured in great detail in India’s past, to examine her vast, rich cuisine and history into any detail. Of course we know the ancient Greeks and Romans had trade networks in land and on sea that stretched to the Indian subcontinent, and there was a complex and interconnected commerce of spices, of many expensive ingredients used in the ancient Greek and Roman cuisine. Chiefly pepper, black and long pepper, but also cinnamon and ginger and various others. Some of the world's ea ..read more
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The History of Chocolate in the Mayan Civilization - Pt2
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by The Delicious Legacy
2w ago
Fun fact about chocolate: The chocolate drink of today, is nothing like the drink the ancient Mayans had! That was 98% cacao nibs, today is probably 2%! Have you ever thought how on earth someone thought to take the seeds of a difficult to grow tree, dry them, ferment them, toast them, grind them and make them into a delicious yet bitter drink? How did all start? When and where? Chocolate has been known for 3000 years , give or take to humankind. And for almost all of it’s history, it has been consumed as a drink. Mayas and Aztecs both used to drink it, making a form of frothy chocolate drink ..read more
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The History of Chocolate in the Mayan Civilization -Pt1
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by The Delicious Legacy
3w ago
Deep in the diverse, evergreen, and humid tropical forests of Yucatan, lies a secret; something that in the past 50 years we certainly have become more familiar with, yet when one sets foot today, in these vast tropical landscapes, it is hard to imagine. Once, this was part of the urban landscapes of the Mayans, long before the European invaders trampled on American soil with their armour and leather boots. Here, Mayans planted cacao trees amongst other crops on these sites, right on the riverbanks. The birdsong in the morning was and still is, intense. Troops of howler monkeys, swing and cry ..read more
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Traditional Food of Christmas around Europe
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by The Delicious Legacy
1M ago
How did our ancestors celebrated the birth of Christ? What was considered "special" and celebratory dish and food worthy of the birth of Christ? Are there many differences between the nations of Europe, north, south, east and west? What the Greeks of different regions cook for their Christmas table? what other foods and cakes we serve during the twelve day festive table? And most importantly, why am I so excited and greedy when Christmas comes? Find out all the above and more here! Why there are so many cakes and sweet puddings over the festive period? Traditional cakes made and eaten almos ..read more
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A Saturnalia Feast! Feasting and Partying during winter, in the Roman World
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1M ago
Io Saturnalia! Long before Christmas existed and was celebrated... There was another mid-winter festival...SATURNALIA! Gaius Valerius Catullus described it as "the best of times"; an extravaganza of food and drink, an inversion of social roles, an expression of one's self through singing gambling... Originating as a farmers' festival dedicated to Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture and the harvest, it started as one day celebration, usually December 17th, but over centuries evolved to something bigger. Eventually the Roman dramatist Seneca complained 'December used to be a month- now it's ..read more
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The Abbasid Caliphate's Pickles
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2M ago
The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258) and its associated "golden age of Islam" is famous for a range of achievements in science, literature, and culture. The preservations and translations of ancient Greek texts to Arabic and the flow of discussion, philosophy, the merging of Persian, Greek and Arabic thought with Islam the countless inventions and new paths in science, mathematics and astronomy. All these are more or less known widely. Huge achievements. A mass of ancient texts were preserved for our eyes thanks to Persian scientists. But what about...Pickles?! What do we know about thi ..read more
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The History of Coffee
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2M ago
"An Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi one day noticed his best goat dancing about and baaing like a maniac. It seemed to happen after the old billy goat had been nibbling the berries off a certain plant. The goatherd tried a few himself and soon was dancing about, too." How do you like your coffee? Dark, bitter, milky, sweet or spiced? Hot, or iced? From Brazil, Mexico, Java, Jamaica or Colombia? But even if it's unimaginable to think your morning without it, there was a time before the caffeinated era! A time that people didn't drink it! I know! The horror! Where did it all started and why ..read more
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The History of Sugar from Ancient India to the Caribbean Slave Plantations
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by The Delicious Legacy
3M ago
How would our modern day to day life would be like, in a world without sugar? I’m very pleased to have Neil Buttery on the podcast today, the food historian and author of “A dark history of sugar”, who’s book is out now and traces the origins of all the above, sugar’s production and consumption especially during its darkest parts between the 16th and 19th century.     Once, it was called Indian Salt. Or white salt. The Chinese lay claim to be the first to make it; among their many inventions. It seems the art of making it though, came from India.   Sugar cane is a giant grass t ..read more
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The History of Wine Part Two - Ancient Classical Greece
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by The Delicious Legacy
5M ago
Wine, because no great story started with a salad! Hello! Today we shall explore the legacy of ancient Greece and her wines. Symposiums, ancient Greek grape varieties and wines, like Lemnio, Savvatiano, Assyrtiko, Thassian and Chian wines... And what about the ancient Greek drinking vessels? Which ones did they use? "In ancient Greece, the master of the house would open the festivity known as an agape (meaning literally ‘love’ in the sense of friendship) by pouring a libation of wine. For once, the wine was served neat, without water, and very little of it was drunk. Before any of the guest ..read more
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