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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Pasta A La Mottel

After being mostly inactive for the past few days, this should spice things up.

Boil Barilla pasta (Only Barilla, and only Al Dante!)
Pour Olive Oil into a frying pan, then combine
-a chopped Poblano chili pepper
-Four diced Tommato
-Half a diced Onions
-Two cloves of crushed garlic
-Two (small) eggplants

Sauté the ingredients and serve over the pasta.

Food for thought:
  • Birds do not have the same sensitivity to capsaicin (the substance that gives the chili its intensity) as mammals, as capsaicin acts on a specific nerve receptor in mammals, and avian nervous systems are rather different. Chili peppers are in fact a favorite food of many birds living in the chili peppers' natural range. The flesh of the peppers provides the birds with a nutritious meal rich in vitamin C.
  • The eggplant is used in cuisines from Japan to Spain. In particular, the Turkish cuisine is said to know one thousand recipes for preparing eggplant
  • The Jerusalem Talmud records that itrium, a kind of boiled dough, was common in Palestine from the 3rd to 5th centuries CE. A dictionary compiled by the 9th century Syrian physician and lexicographer Isho bar Ali defines itriyya as string like pasta shapes made of semolina and dried before cooking, a recognizable ancestor of modern-day dried pasta.
  • It is thought that bulbs from the onion family have been used as a food source for millennia. In Caananite Bronze Age settlements, traces of onion remains were found alongside fig and date stones.
  • At the dawn of civilization, salt's preservative ability eliminated dependency on the seasonal availability of food, allowed travel over long distances, and was a vital food additive. However, because salt (NaCl) was difficult to obtain, it became a highly valued trade item throughout history. Until the 1900s, salt was one of the prime movers of national economies and wars. Salt was often taxed; research has discovered this practice to have existed as early as the 20th century BC in China. By the Middle Ages, caravans consisting of as many as forty thousand camels traversed four hundred miles of the Sahara bearing salt, sometimes trading it for slaves.
  • Black pepper, along with other spices from India and lands farther east, changed the course of world history. It was in some part the preciousness of these spices that led to the European efforts to find a sea route to India and consequently to the European colonial occupation of that country, as well as the European discovery and colonization of the Americas.
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Baleboosteh said...

Look tasty! I love chilli!!

Mottel said...

Glad you liked.

seawitch said...

I tried the recipe! I had to use rice though because I thought I had pasta noodles.

Thanks for sharing!

Mottel said...

I'm so glad you liked it.

le7 said...

HAH! I just wrote a whole lab report (okay last semester) about capsaicin and its affect on freshwater worms and I talked about birds in my introduction. It was quite inspiring.

Mottel said...

It's a small world (are you going through my archives? - If you are, enjoy!)

le7 said...

I've been on and off going through your archives since maybe October?