About the Author
Ben Schott is the author of SCHOTT'S ORIGINAL MISCELLANY. A photographer, designer and miscellanist he lives in London, and divides his time between Highgate and the British Library.
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FORMAL MEAL TIMES
C19th servants were expected to serve meals according to these rules:
Announced time Actual Time
6 o'clock...............................7 o'clock
6 o'clock precisely.....................6.30 o'clock
No later than 6 o'clock.................6 o'clock
DELIA SMITH ON MICROWAVES
I truly have tried ... and we had a microwave to heat things in [during] the filming - but actually, we mainly used it to keep the ashtrays in. I think it takes the soul out of food. - The Times, 1990
THE OSLO BREAKFAST
Norway's 'Oslo Breakfast' was an attempt in 1929 to improve the health of schoolchildren, who were given the following free meal each morning:
1/2 pint milk. wholemeal bread. cheese. 1/2 orange. 1/2 apple
a dose of cod-liver oil (September-March)
MR BURN'S LUNCH
Montgomery 'Monty' Burns, wizened plutocratic owner of Springfield's nuclear plant, gives Homer Simpson his antiquarian luncheon order:
'...a single pillow of Shredded Wheat, some steamed toast, and a dodo egg.'
THE TEMPERAMENT OF COOKS
It should also be remembered that an ill-tempered man can never succeed as a master in the culinary art, since the derangement of his gastric juices destroys the peculiar excellence which should govern his palate: it leaves it vitiated and tasteless.
- Charles Pierce, The Household Manager 1862
SOME QUOTATIONS ON SMOKING
RUDYARD KIPLING ... a woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a Smoke
COLETTE When a wife can purchase her husband the right cigars, their relationship is blessed.
SHERLOCK HOLMES It is quite a three-pipe problem...
WINSTON CHURCHILL I always carry Cuba in my mouth.