01 Sep 2014 17:40
If you ever watched the movie Rough Riders, you may remember a scene where Teddy Roosevelt, played by Tom Berenger (probably the best TD ever), wandered over to a group of Cubans in the jungle saying "Cuba Libre." He uttered it almost as a question but, in case you were a bit confused, he was not suggesting they all enjoy a rum and Coke together. He was simply saying "Free Cuba," the battle cry of the Spanish-American War, in which Roosevelt's Rough Riders, the First Volunteer United States Cavalry, fought the Spanish and intervened in Cuba's fight for independence from Spanish rule. Roosevelt was not suggesting a drink, but the way the line was delivered, more like a question than a rallying cry, perhaps was a a humorous acknowledgement to the legend that the the name of the Cuba Libre cocktail had come from Roosevelt's Rough Riders….
26 Aug 2014 21:54
The story of how potatoes came to be called spuds is a mundane one. As if often the case with such boring word origins, a fanciful explanation for the derivation of spuds is often given. This explanation is owed to the potato once being a much maligned root in Britain and Europe. In fact, when the potato was first introduced to Europe via the Spanish, in the 16th century, it was only grown as a curiosity in botanical gardens. As for food, it was considered only fit for pigs and, perhaps, poor country folks. The fact that it was a member of the deadly nightshade family didn't help, and the potato was blamed for many ailments, including tuberculosis, rickets, and syphilis. Perhaps not to far off the mark, it was also said to cause obesity, but, in addition, the potato was even blamed for war! The Russians called it the "Devil's Apple."…
26 Aug 2014 20:40
The word diet used to mean the food and drink that we habitually consume did not appear in English until the thirteenth century, but it also had another sense, meaning "a way of life." The second meaning is more in line with the words origins, as it comes from the Greek diaita via diaitan. Diaita was a noun that meant a way of living, and also had a more specific meaning, signifying a way of living as advised by a physician, which could include a "food" diet and other daily habits. The Latin Diaitan was a verb which meant "to lead, govern, or arbitrate one's life." The Latin word diaeta came from these roots. This word described a dietary regimen, as well….
26 Aug 2014 13:53
Chocolate syrup is exceedingly easy to make at home, not to mention cost effective. To make chocolate syrup, you don't really need chocolate, you only need cocoa. This means with a few basic ingredients and some cocoa on hand (which lasts quite a while in your cupboard), you can make chocolate syrup whenever you want it. Chocolate syrup is nothing more than a simple syrup with cocoa, and some vanilla for flavor. Follow the easy formula below, and add to the recipe to create flavors you like. Idea? Chocolate syrup with a cayenne kick!…
25 Aug 2014 20:06
The word fritter might be used to describe any kind of fried batter concoction, but it specifically refers to fruit, vegetable, or even meat that is battered and fried in oil. The fruit, vegetable or meat may be solid pieces, or minced, or mashed. As well, they may be surrounded by batter or incorporated into the batter itself. Although most people think of apple or other battered fruit, the word is used to describe a wide variety of fried items….