food stories

  • Escargots: You do not like snails? You just do not know how to cook them!

    What is the meaning of good taste? Why do so many thinkers believe that it is exquisite sapidity shapes the development of cultured human? Reliably known that the worship of the age-old traditions and the choosing of true quality items and products distinguished the educated and intelligent person.
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    For you, we will collect the most interesting facts from around the World and share in the form of entertaining and informative notes. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • History of Foie Gras

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    Literally translated from French, foie gras means "fat liver," but its origins date back far before French cooking made it a delicacy.  The ancient Egyptians hunted and then domesticated geese, and discovered that waterfowl developed large, fatty livers after eating large amounts in preparation for migration.  To replicate this naturally occurring large liver, the Egyptians, over 4000 years ago, developed the technique now known as gavage to produce a fattier bird.

  • Truffle Hunting

    A very interesting video on how dogs are trained for truffle hunting.
  • Fruit Puree Cocktail Time

    Learn how to make fruit puree cocktails with Boiron mixologists. It's cocktail time with Marky's!

  • How Olive Oil is Made

    Watch this video and learn how olive oil is made. It is a very interesting process.

  • Types of Foie Gras

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    In France, foie gras exists in different, legally defined presentations.

    • foie gras entier (whole foie gras), made of one or two whole liver lobes; either cuit (cooked), mi-cuit (semi-cooked), or frais (fresh);
    • foie gras, made of pieces of livers reassembled together;
    • bloc de foie gras, a fully cooked, moulded block composed of 98% or more foie gras; if termed avec morceaux ("with pieces"), it must contain at least 50% foie gras pieces for goose, and 30% for duck.

  • A Love Story From Brussels

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    If it wasn’t for love one of the world’s premium chocolate brands would not exist. Leonidas Kestekides, a Greek-American businessman and confectioner was at the World Fair in Ghent, Belgium, where he met a beautiful young woman visiting from Brussels. Shortly after, he moved to Brussels to marry her and start what would become the quintessential Belgian chocolate confectioner company, Leonidas. Who is that special someone in your life that would make you want to pull up stakes and move to another country to share your life with them? Who’s presence in your life gives you the security to embark on a creative journey like Leonidas did with the culmination of his’s life work in the establishment of Leonidas Praelines.

  • The Many Health Benefits in a Cup of Tea

  • History of Tea

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    “Tea and Empires - A Brief Geopolitical History of Tea”

    If you were to visually represent the history of tea as a tree, showing it’s interconnectedness to the rise and fall of eastern and western empires, then the roots of the tree would run long and deep into the earth (the East) and the branches would elongate high into the sky (the West) branching in multitude and volume. No other tradable good brings the East and West together more than tea has. Becoming one of the most important commodities of the great trading companies of yesteryear, the East India Company and the Dutch East India Company. Tea becomes the beverage of choice of some of the most expansive empires on earth; the Russian, the Chinese and the British Empire.

  • Tea Culture

    Source: http://www.germanpulse.com/2013/04/03/germanys-east-friesland-tea-ceremony/

    Traditions and Rituals of Tea From Around the World

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    Located in the coastal regions of Lower Saxony, Germany, East Frisia is one of the highest per capita consumers of tea in the world, enjoyed on average 2 - 4 times per day with drinking 3 cups on average at each serving. Tea is elevated to an art here. Tea enters East Frisia by East Frisian ships contracted by the Dutch East India Company in 1610. East Frisia at the time is part of another great empire, Prussia. The first hundred years of tea’s presence in Prussia (now mostly Germany) tea is used as an elixir or for medicinal purposes. Then it simply becomes ‘thee’ beverage of East Frisia.

  • Iced Tea Re-imagined

    American especially, but also people all over the world enjoy a tall refreshing glass of freshly brewed iced tea, but who wants to wait around for it to chill in the fridge ! But just how to achieve the desired results of cold, perfectly brewed tea, right away, has long befuddled the masses.

  • The Health Benefits of Green Tea

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    Green tea has always been, and remains today, the most popular type of tea from China where most historians and botanists believe the tea-plant originated throughout all of Asia. Why is this so? Perhaps because green tea not only captures the taste, aroma and color of spring, but delivers this delightful bouquet along with the highest concentration of beneficial phytonutrients and the least caffeine of all the teas. Not only is it the most popular it is also considered the tea with the most health benefits.

  • Oils not just Olive anymore!

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    When you think of oil, what comes to mind? Did you say Olive oil, or perhaps or Canola Oil? If those were your answers, then you are missing out on a world of possibilities! There are hundreds of varieties of oils. Vegetable Oil, Canola Oil and Olive Oil are probably the most commonly used of all the oils. For this reason, they are the most easily recognized by everyday home chefs. But there is a world of flavor out there for you to savor and discover just by switching up the type of cooking oil you use. For example there is coconut oil. Solid at room temperature, coconut oil is white and buttery in texture; it has a distinctive coconut flavor and is widely used in South India. There is also almond oil which has a subtle toasted almond aroma and flavor.

  • How to Steep the Perfect Cup of Tea

    Steeping the perfect cup of tea is an art. With proper technique you can bring out all of the subtleties and flavors of the tea. If you want to drink a perfect cup of tea, let’s go through the steps you need to get there.

    Firstly, water is the most vital part of the brewing process, start with cool well oxygenated water, and avoid using tap water as the minerals will change the flavor of the tea. Second you want to bring this water to just a boil, never over-boil or it loses most of its oxygen which plays an important part in enhancing your tea’s flavor. Never pour the boiling water directly over the tea leaves or it will burn the delicate leaves of teas such as white or green.

  • A Brief History of Chocolate

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    Historians trace the origin of the word "chocolate" to the Aztec word "xocoatl," which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods”. Many modern historians have estimated that chocolate has been around for about 2000 years, but recent research suggests that it may be even older. Sweetened chocolate didn't appear until Europeans discovered the Americas and sampled the native cuisine.