|History of Food
||[Jul. 9th, 2008|04:23 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
Random Fact: Up until about 120 years ago, lettuce was always cooked.
and in some parts of the world it still is, as it can harbor amoebas.
I was going to make a joke about Trichinosis, but, once again: beaten by the real world.
2008-07-10 04:20 am (UTC)
All of them.
Some guy (I've forgotten his name now) introduced the "raw lettuce" craze to England in the 1880s or so.
I seem to recall reading somewhere that in the middle ages and Renaissance, fruits were never eaten raw, always cooked. (citation needed.)
Saw this thought of you
Creamy Lettuce soup
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup choped scallions
4 quarts (16 cups) chopped, mile flavored lettuce or greens
3 cups chicken broth
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
6 ounces cream sheese
In a large soup pot, melt the butter andsaute the scallions and lettuce until lettuce is limp, 2-4 minutes. Add the chicken broth and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Cool the soup slightly and puree in a food processor or blender. Return the soup to the pot and reheat. Dice the cream cheese and add to the soup. Heat until melted. serve the soup hot with minced herbs or a flower garnish. Serves 6-8
this came from a regional cookbook - from Pine Island/Warwick NY