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While tea was already known in China since about 2700 BC it took another 4000 years before the aromatic leaves arrived in Europe. Most probably, the Arabs brought tea during the Middle Ages to Europe.

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It all started in 2737 BC.The Chinese emperor Shen-Nong was hunting and started to boil some water. By accident, the wind blew some wild tealeaves into the boiling water. That is the start of 'all the tea in China'. Or so the legend wants us to believe.

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Bagels are the invention of a 17th century Viennese baker. He gave the King of Poland two crescent shaped pieces of bread dough that had been boiled and than baked together. The baker wanted to thank the King for protecting Austria form the invading Turks.

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Cinnamon is the crushed, ground or rolled bark of a laurel tree. Originally hailed from India, Cinnamon has been traded since about 2000 BC already by the old Egyptians.

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To produce 1 kgr (2 pound) of powdered Cloves it takes and average of 10-15 000 whole dried cloves.

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Originating in Africa and Madagascar, the word cloves come from the French word 'clou', meaning nail, the shape of the cloves.

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Originally, the Cornish pastie was considered a complete meal. With meat and vegetables on one side. In addition, stewed fruits on the opposite end separated by a wall of dough.

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The word cookie derives from the Dutch word 'koekje', still used in Jamaika.It means little cakes.

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Homemakers of Cornwall, England invented Cornish pasties during the 1800s as an easy way for the mining husbands to carry a sustaining meal without to much bother.

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Danish pastries do NOT originate from Denmark as such...When the bakers and pastry chefs in Copenhagen went on an extended strike some 100 years ago, help was called in from Austria and Germany.They produced crisp, featherlight pastries and filled them with all kinds of sweet things. When the Danish bakers decided to go back to work, they called these pastries 'Wienerbrod' or Viennese Breads. There are some 100 varieties and shapes of the pastry around today.

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Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) had great influence on the development of ptisserie. She did not cook herself but married rich. That made it possible for her Chefs to indulge in creativity. Rare for any worker at that time who neither had the time or money to practice dishes until they were perfect.

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The Italian Chefs of Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) brought the fine art of cooking with them to France.They also brought the idea of ice cream with them from their homeland.
However, NEVER tell that any French Chef...

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The Dobos Torte was invented in1884 for the Hungarian national Exhibition by Budapest Chef Josef Karl Dobos.He won a gold medal for his creation of thin baumkuchen mixture, covered with rich chocolate buttercream and a topping of caramel

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Easter, derived from a pagan spring festival named for the goddess of spring Eostre. It is also one of the oldest festivals celebrated by Christians, about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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What was first, the egg or the chicken?
At least the egg has been around since 3000 BC.The modern day hen is a descendent of the red jungle fowl; native to India.It was introduced to Europe and the Middle East by traders and merchants on their journeys. Christopher Columbus eventually brought them to America.