Category Archives: Fun Facts and History of Food

Tandoori Chicken Wings

Tandoori Chicken Wings, Wondering what’s for Dinner tonight ?? Just wing it as I’d like to share a recipe for Tandoori Chicken Wings steamed rice,leafy salad greens & cucumber yoghurt.   The origin of The origin of Tanoori Chicken https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandoori_chicken This recipe serves 4 Ingredients 1/3 cup tandoori paste 1/2 cup plain yoghurt 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander 1.5 kg chicken wings (tips off) Steamed basmati rice to serve Leafy salad greens to serve Fresh mint leaves to serve Lime wedge to serve Cucumber Yoghurt 1 lebanese cucumber grated 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves 1 cup plain yoghurt Method 1 to

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Tournedos Rossini

The origins of the Classic French Dish ‘Tournedos Rossini’ by A Class Catering. The classic dish’Tournedo Rossini’ is something I learnt to cook years ago as a young apprentice at ‘Towers Restaurant’ & always knew it was one of the classics but didn’t know when or where it originated.It is even on our Fine Dining Menu for A Class Catering. By surfing the net I found out some interesting facts & origins of this classic dish’Tournedo Rossini’. The dish was created in honour for Gioacchino Antonio Rossini(1792 1868)who was at the time famous in the world of music & was widely

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Waldorf Salad

Today I’d like to share a recipe for a Waldorf Salad w/ Grilled Chicken. But before I get to the recipe I will start w/ some quick facts about the Waldorf Salad. Did you know that the Waldorf Salad was first made at New Yorks Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1896 & not by a Chef but by the Maitre’d Hotel(Restaurant Manager) Oscar Tschirky & his recipe contained only apples,celery & mayonnaise & was an instant success. To this day the Waldorf Astoria is still serving the salad w/20,000 Waldorf Salad’s served last year. http://waldorfastoria3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/waldorf-astoria-new-york-NYCWAWA/index.htm So now to the recipe which serves 4 Ingredients 2/3 cups walnuts (very

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Buffet & Smorgasbord

Buffet & Smorgasbord by A Class Catering. Today I would like to give you some fun facts & history of the Buffet & Smorgasbord. http://aclasscatering.com.au/weddings/cocktails-light-meals-menu-weddings/ The word Buffet comes from the french language meaning a furniture sideboard from where food is served from. From a historical point of view however it is hard to say when & where people began eating food from the buffet or smorgasbord ?? The first 2 countries to adopt this style & concept of eating was Sweden & France. For the Swedes its origins began as a way of feeding out of town visitors who’d arrived unexpectedly & offered a bread & butter board (smorgasbord)

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Cool as a Cucumber

‘Cool as a Cucumber’ The origins of the phrase ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ by A Class Catering… So where did the phrase ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ come into being & more to the fact used in the everyday vocabulary especially in the summer months. To start the meaning of the word ‘cool’ in the phrase doesn’t mean having a low temperature but quite the opposite meaning extremely calm,relaxed & in control. But how did cucumber come into the phrase ??? The phrase was 1st recorded in a poem by British poet John Gay in 1732 titled ‘New Song on New

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Bakers Dozen

Why is it called a ‘Bakers Dozen’ by A Class Catering. For the last few weeks I’ve been busy writing & sharing with you about the origins of dishes from around the world but today I’d like to give you some fun facts & not so fun facts about the term a ‘Bakers Dozen’ ?? Everyone loves a fresh baked loaf of bread but where & how did this come to be ?? There are a couple of theories as to why a bakers dozen is 13 instead of 12.Many think it had its origins from many societies throughout history

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Reality TV Cooking Shows

Reality TV Cooking Shows & TV Cooking Shows by A Class Catering. Reality tv cooking shows & tv cooking shows ??? We all watch them whether its a reality series like My Kitchen Rules (MKR) Master Chef (MC) & Hells Kitchen Australia (HKA) or cooking shows like Alive & Cooking,River Cottage,Hueys Kitchen or Surfing the Menu,we all seem to be drawn like moths to a bright light when it comes to cooking shows on tv.The networks are certainly on a ratings winner here with all forms of cooking shows and a great source for revenue raising through cookbooks,dvds & any

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Origins of Caesar Salad

Origins of the Caesar Salad by A Class Catering Its a salad found in any restaurant or cafes around the world,whether we eat it on its own,w/chicken,calamari or w/grilled salmon,its that go to salad that alot of us can say we enjoy the most when it comes to salads. But where did it originate from ?? Really the name Caesar suggests that it was named after Julius Caesar or that he himself invented it after all those ancient Romans really knew how to eat food & Julius Caesar was the most famous of all.Sounds like all the above could be

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Origins of French Fries

The origins of French Fries, Fries or Chips by A Class Catering. You would all have to agree french fries or chips ( in Australia & UK )that we all enjoy them as a snack,w/fish,steak,salad,fried eggs or even after a big night on the town you name it french fries can be found on any menu around the world.Whether we smother them in tomato sauce (ketchup) mayonnaise,vinegar, gravy, chicken salt or even curry sauce you have admit we all love em ?. But how & where did they originate ???? Some claim that french fries originated in Belgium but there is

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Bananas Flambe

Bananas Flambe spite our insatiable love for the retro, some things just are not primed to come back into restaurant fashion: lace doilies, tuxedoed waiters, tableside flambéing. I don’t have much use for the first two, but I’m a little bummed about the flambéing. Let’s face it: Someone setting fire to food right in front of you is totally badass. My first class in cooking Flambe was waiting tables in the Queens Grill on Board the QE2 a delightfully fuddy-duddy place where the kitchen reeked of clarified butter and the color scheme matched the makeup palette of the grandest dames of the Ladies

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