Rich Victorians ate French cuisine consisting of rich meats, fish and desserts. The rich people of this era used meals as a time to show off their wealth through fine cutlery, china and up to 20 or more dishes of food, often cooked by a French chef. The dishes were put on a sideboard and brought to the table by footmen.Know More
During the Victorian era, tinned food was available for the first time, but tinned meat was usually consumed by the poor because it was less expensive than fresh meats. Fish was also more widely available thanks to railway lines and ice.
The poor ate potato parings and vegetable scraps unless they got a job in a workhouse, where they would be fed potatoes, cheese, bread and gruel, which was oats and other grains with water. The middle class ate cheese, sausage, bacon, bread and vegetables.
The dining room was the centerpiece of the Victorian home. It was ornately designed to impress guests, and families usually met there three times a day for meals.
Evening meals were traditionally eaten late in the day during this time period, and afternoon tea was started as a tradition to stave off hunger while waiting for the evening meal.Learn More
The Treaty of Paris, enacted in 1793, secured America's independence from Great Britain and brought the revolutionary war to an end. On behalf of the United States, the Continental Congress sent three men - John Adams, John Jay and Benjamin Franklin - to London, England, in 1792. The American commission initially included President Thomas Jefferson and Henry Laurens too, but Laurens ended up held as a prisoner of war by the British navy, and Jefferson could not leave his post in the United States.Full Answer >
Winston Churchill owned brown miniature poodles. These poodles were named Rufus and Rufus II, but Churchill insisted that "the II is silent" in the second poodle's name.Full Answer >
The person to officially rename the Byzantine capital "Istanbul" was the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II, who completed the final siege of the city. "Istanbul" is the way the Ottoman Turks pronounced Constantinople.Full Answer >
Despite the fact that production of war necessities, such as automobiles and airplanes, skyrocketed, Europe suffered heavy debt thanks to World War I, and paying back this debt threw the economy of Europe into a period of great inflation. Out of all of Europe, Germany was hit the hardest.Full Answer >