History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.

 

If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.

 

Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.

 

Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.

 

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McDonald’s in Scotland

Scotland is rich in culture and food, making it the perfect place for a McDonald’s. Scotland’s culture and food are very unique. Scottish people like to participate in lots of activities and events. Scottish people eat many different types of food and are not afraid to try anything. Because of Scotland’s great culture, McDonald’s would prosper greatly in Scotland.

Scotland is known for it’s upbeat culture. People there competes in many different sports such as soccer, golf, rugby, and tennis. It has many scenic golf courses and clubs, which host lots of tournaments. In Scotland there are lot’s of languages spoken such as Gaelic, English, and Polish. Because of these different languages, you will meet a lot of different people there. They also create interesting pieces of art, such as carvings, whittlings, and cloth making. They enjoy folk music and Irish step – dancing. The interesting culture and diversity in Scotland makes the country very unique.

    Scotland has a variety of cuisine that is very different from most countries. People eat meats such as lamb, salmon, venison, sausage, and Ayrshire bacon. They eat many types of stews and broths such as haggis. Haggis, which is sheep lungs and spices mixed in a broth, is the national dish of Scotland. You will see Haggis in many households served in a large bowl. After Scot’s eat their main course, they begin making homemade desserts. They enjoy desserts such as shortbread, scones, dundee cake, scottish fudge, and oatcakes. The restaurants in Scotland are mostly casual. Pubs and diners are some of the most common eating venues you will see in Scotland. Scottish people eat at a very fast pace. In Scotland, some restaurants can get you in and out in 10 – 15 minutes even with a full house.

Scotland could very much benefit Mcdonalds because it is missing the uniqueness that Scotland is. If McDonald’s were to start business in Scotland, it would create a new eating experience for Scottish people. Therefore, many scottish people would come and enjoy their nations food in a new way.

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