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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Angkor Wat: The World’s Largest Religious Monument

Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia, is the world’s largest religious monument. “Angkor” comes from Sanskrit and means “city” while Wat is Khmer for “temple.” Cambodians are usually referred to as Khmer people and Thai are referred to as Siem. So, the name Siem Reap means “Thai Defeat,” but that’s another story. Angkor Wat also appears on the national flag of Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was originally built in the 12th century by king Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple. It was a dedication to Vishnu. Later, in the 16th century, Buddhism took over and Angkor Wat was converted to a Buddhist temple. The Buddhists tried to paint the giant wall mural depicting several scenes from Hinduism and in some parts, you can actually touch the carved stone on the mural.

Angkor Wat lies on an island 1km x 1.5km with a 1 km wide moat on all sides. There are two entrances: the front in the west and the back in the east. Angkor Wat, unlike most temples, faces to the west instead of the east to signify that Suryavarman was intending to be buried there. Inside the temple, there is a central point where you can see in all four directions, many intricate and sometimes unfinished carvings, and a big central tower which was the king’s tomb. The central has really steep stairs that you could be afraid of going up and down.

Overall, Angkor Wat is a great place and has a lot of extra history and details to it, and it is also a great tourist destination.

Hehe, It’s a Lizard!

I took this picture of a really cool lizard in Cambodia.

Gods Versus Demons

This picture was taken by the wall mural in Angkor Wat. If you look closely, the ones facing to the right are different from the ones facing to the left. The gods are facing to the right and the demons … Continue reading

Khmer BBQ

I took this picture in Cambodia of a Khmer hot pot barbecue. They give you all the raw ingredients and you cook them yourself.

The History of Food: The Best of the Best: ICE CREAM!

The earliest known form of ice cream was in the Persian Empire when grape juice concentrate was poured on top of snow for a treat when it was hot outside. People have been doing this for centuries. Sorbet is said … Continue reading

The History of Food: Escargot

Ewwwww… escargot. These creatures are a treat for the French, but we think of it as being disgusting. These are snails that have gone through heliculture and have been stuffed back into their shells with garnishes. Years ago, in ancient … Continue reading

Hockey Concussions

Thirteen years of my life have been spent dangerously. You see, I have been a hockey player ever since I could put ice skates on. Ice-skating is in my family so it is only natural that I would, too. It doesn’t sound dangerous, right? Well, that is where you are wrong.

Currently, there has been much recherché geared towards the negative effects of concussions. I know for a fact that hockey is a sport where it is likely for players to get concussions. I personally, have already experienced eight concussions. That is crazy and something I must be aware of. Statistically, I have a concussion every two years.

Although I go to the doctor after every injury, the future effects are uncertain. After a concussion, I have to stay awake for a long period of  time and also it is not a good idea to focus on anything for too long. Even thought I follow these directions, one never knows.

Recently, several athletes have had negative side effects due to concussions. The more I see what happens to them, the more I become aware of my own situation. I follow my doctor’s orders and always wear a helmet. Some may say this is not enough. The more doctors find out about concussions, the scarier they become. Schools have also taken steps to ward off concussions. They conduct screenings to be sure that no athlete plays a sport if there is a hint of a concussion.

A Short History of American Football

Since the Superbowl is coming up, I felt that is was appropriate to write about football. Even though football is the most played sport in America, many people do not even know the history behind it. American football was invented … Continue reading

The Top Five Dumbest Inventions

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Throughout history, there has been many groundbreaking inventions that would change the course of human history itself. But there has been far more dumb inventions that have never hit the market. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 dumbest inventions.

The fifth most dumb invention in the world is the baby mop. To lazy to mop the floor? No problem, just have the baby do it! With the baby mop, your baby will mop the floor while he crawls!

The fourth most dumb invention is the toilet paper hat. Have you ever needed to blow your nose, but didn’t have any tissues? Well, if you never want to get into that embarrassing situation again, you might want to get the toilet paper hat! The toilet paper hat is a hat with a roll of toilet paper attached to it, so you will never run out of toilet paper to blow your nose with!

Coming in at number three is the first of these inventions is the subway chinrest. The basic gist of this invention is that you lay your chin on a pillow attached to a stick. Hmmm, I guess this would be useful if you want to take a nap on the jolty subway?

The second dumbest invention is quite literally called “The Apparatus for Simulating a High Five”. This invention is a robotic upper arm that gives you a high five. With this invention, you will always feel like a winner!

Now, the moment you have all been waiting for, the dumbest invention is: eye drop funnels! The eye drop funnel is basically a small funnel that you put eyedrops in so you will never miss your eye with those pesky eye drops.  Continue reading