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Saturday, 25 February 2012

The tragedy behind the cream

Chantilly cream is whipped cream which has been sweetened and flavoured with vanilla. French chef François Vatel (1631, Paris – April 24, 1671) created crème Chantilly (Chantilly cream), but there is no contemporary documentation for this claim.
Vatel was responsible for an extravagant banquet for 2,000 people given in honour of Louis XIV in April 1671 at the Château de Chantilly. The banquet, however, ended up in tragedy. Vatel was so worried about the lateness of the seafood delivery that he committed suicide by running himself through with a sword. His body was discovered when someone came to tell him of the arrival of the fish.

Vatel is a 2000 film based on the life of the 17th century French chef François Vatel, directed by Roland Joffé and starring Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, and Tim Roth. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration French actor Gérard Depardieu played the role of Vatel.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Famous Coffee Lovers

Celebrities of the past -like Voltaire, Napoleon and Beethoven - adored coffee as much as we do today.

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Famous Coffee Lovers

Favourite Snacks of Great Writers

Curious to know what snacks great writers like Walt Whitman, Emily Dckinson and Lord Byron -among others- used to love?

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Snacks of the Great Scribblers

Coffee, the Devil & the Pope

Coffee owes the spread of its popularity to Pope Clement VIII's influence. In the past the Catholic Church considered that coffee was the "bitter invention of Satan" because it was widely drunk by Muslims. It was also a sort of antithesis or substitute for wine (which was used in the Eucharist). Pope Clement VIII, however, became fascinated with the aroma of coffee. After tasting it, he found coffee delicious and he declared that, "This devil's drink is so delicious... we should cheat the devil by baptizing it." The year often cited is 1600. This is how Pope Clement VIII made a great contribution to the coffee popularization among Christians.