[Sca-cooks] The Dutch (food cvontent)
online2much at cox.net
Thu Sep 20 06:31:35 PDT 2007
A 14th century city-wall chapel in Alkmaar, the Waaggebouw (picture at
http://www.pbase.com/peterfree/image/83098906), ended up becoming a
weighhouse for cheeses and other things in in the late 1500s/early 1600s.
(Various sources give various dates as to when it became a weigh-house.)
In 1596 at a coffee and tea merchant's shop in Amsterdam, they recorded that
"the first Dutch man to drink coffee, one Professor Clusius" tasted the
brew... they didn't record how it was prepared and served, so far as I can
find, however he had been the man who founded the Hortus Bontanicus just
three years before that so one assumes he liked experimenting with the
advantages of new plants.
In 1574, the town of Leiden had been under siege for 131 by the Spanish.
William of Orange ordered the sluice gates opened during a storm and fearing
drowning, the Spanish broke camp and departed. A boy climbed into the
besieger's ramparts and found a pot of beef and vegetables. Every October
third, the people of Leiden prepare this dish to celebrate their liberation.
in 1587, The Hortus Botanicus, a botanical garden in the University
Quarter was stocked with plants brought back from the East Indies and the
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