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Food #45: Birds Eye Frozen Fish

Origin: America
Date: 1915
Type: Quick frozen fish

Clarence Birdseye was the man behind this product and Swanson later produced their brand of TV Dinner.

Would I eat/drink it?: I don’t like frozen food.

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50 Foods #43: Hamburger

Origin: Somewhere in America
Date: Late 19th century
Type: Ground beef in a bun

Although the hamburger is a culinary icon in America, the exact origin of this gastronomy delight is unknown. The founder of White Castle was credited for shoving meat and vegetables between two slices of bread which was called the Hamburger Sandwich, while other historians believed that it was a cook, Fletcher Davis of Athens, Texas who created the first hamburger. Some congresswoman said that the hamburger was first created by a Danish immigrant Louis Lassen in New Haven, Connecticut.

Burger With Ham Ketchup

While we’re playing Burger Wars, there are claims that Hamburg, Germany is the home to the first burger. They were called Hamburg steaks (onions, garlic, pepper and salt which were then formed into patties without a bread or a bun). Fast forward to German immigrants arriving in New York and Chicago and making a living by opening restaurants because you know how Europeans love spreading their culinary delights! If I recall it correctly, it was during the Industrial Revolution that one cook shoved the patty between two slices of bread and voila! The Hamburg sandwich was birthed. It’s too bad that this cook’s name is not on record. History needs to tell us why.

By the way, why is a hamburger called a hamburger? That is the real question?

Would I eat/drink it?: I’ve been cutting down on fast food so I haven’t had a Burger King burger in months.

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50 Foods #42: Coca-Cola

Origin: America
Date: 1886
Type: Soft drink

Coca-Cola is said to be unhealthy for it fuels obesity and diabetes.

On the bright side, I read somewhere that Coke can remove blood stains from your clothing, dye from your hair, clean dirty coins and clean the tile grout. You can even use it to clean the toilet! 

So while it might be unhealthy to consume, it’s quite good at helping you to get chores done! 😉

Would I eat/drink it?: I’ve stopped drinking this beverage many years ago.

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50 Foods #40: Jaffa Orange

Origin: Near the city of Jaffa
Date: By the mid-19th century
Type: Fruit

I could imagine the marketplace of Old City Jaffa overflowing with oranges in the hot summer sun. The Jaffa orange is sweet and practically seedless.

But where is Jaffa? History is what I do best. 🙂

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The biblical town of Joppa is known today as Jaffa or Yaffo and it is one of the oldest port cities in Israel and the Mediterranean. Tel Aviv was founded on the outskirts of Jaffa in 1909 and it encompasses the ancient city today.

The city of Joppa is mentioned in Acts 9:36-42 when Peter came to Joppa from Lydda to raise Tabitha from the dead and he had a vision on a house-top. The city has also been associated with Jonah when he fled from the Lord (Jonah 1:3). It is also the place where the woodcut in Lebanon by Hiram’s men for Solomon was brought in floats (1 Chronicles 2:16).

The city was taken by Napoleon in 1799 for the French. This event was known as The Siege of Jaffa. There’s a statue of the Frenchman welcoming visitors to Jaffa and Napolean’s gate still stands today.

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Okay, that’s enough history. I apologize for getting carried away.

I’ll love to visit this ancient city one day.

Would I eat/drink it?: I love oranges! 

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50 Foods #39: Corned Beef

Origin: South America
Date: 19th century
Type: Canned salt-cured beef

The origin of corned beef is often disputed given that there are no clear exact origin beginnings. It is versatile. You can season it and eat it in a sandwich, stew it, fry it, whatever your heart may desire.

Would I eat/drink it?: I’ve stopped eating corned beef altogether. Personally, it reminds me of cat/dog food.

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