I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Good Luck To All

In keeping with the food theme and Friday the 13th here are some interesting food superstitions. Most of this information was obtained from Factmonster and HGTV websites.

Food and Superstitions

The ancient Egyptians thought onions kept evil spirits away. When they took an oath (made a promise), they placed one hand on an onion.

The custom of throwing rice at weddings goes back to the time when people thought rice, a symbol of health and prosperity, would appease evil spirits so they would not bother the wedding couple.

In Hungary, salt is thrown on the threshold of a new house because it is thought that salt will protect the inhabitants from evil.

Europeans who believed in vampires sprinkled mustard seed on the roof of their homes to keep them away.

Throwing spilled salt over your left shoulder will prevent bad luck.

Eating carrots supposedly improves night vision. However, a cup of spinach works better.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Here's another fun apple myth: Peel the apple until it breaks and toss the rind. Whatever letter it forms is supposedly the first letter of your true love's name.

For many years, Europeans have used garlic as a charm against the evil eye. Some wore bulbs of garlic around their necks. Others placed wreaths of garlic over their doors for protection.

Garlic Chicken


3 lbs of chicken pieces(thighs, legs, breasts)
1/2 cup pesto
40 cloves of garlic(peeled)
1/2 cup chicken stock

Brown chicken pieces, then place in a pan with pesto and garlic cloves. Add chicken stock. Bake at 375 degrees for an hour.

1 comment:

Glenna said...

Great list--loved it!
And thanks for the garlic chicken reminder. Man, I havne't had that in so long and I love the way it makes the house smell, not to mention tucking into it for dinner!