Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pizza From China

A chinese pizza would be a wheat bread dough with chinese vegetables on it, and a sweet spicy sauce -- maybe some soy flavor.

When I was in fifth grade, I told everyone that pizza was invented in China.

In fifth grade, I had heard about the story about Marco Polo bringing spaghetti to Italy from China, I think from watching Jeopardy!  I told my teacher, who did not believe me. Being a good teacher, he told me to look it up. Like most fifth graders, I could not spell "spaghetti", so I looked up "pizza" instead.

Soon I was telling kids and my teacher that pizza came from China --though I never could prove it. Other kids were more sensible than me, and did not believe it.

I wonder how my brain worked in fifth grade!

Spaghetti does not come from China either, primarily because the Chinese did not have seminola or durm flour in ancient times. The Marco Polo story is false, although he did use the Latin word for noodles when describing some of the Chinese food. The point being that there was a Latin word for noodle already, so he did discover them in China first.

Having said all this; I seldom eat spaghetti today because I am too carbophobic.

I do eat pizza because I like it so much.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Champaign Bubbles

An image of the carbon dioxide flowing out of a glass of cold champaign. From GĂ©rard Liger-Belair of the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, in France where else?
 (J. Agric. Food Chem., DOI:10.1021/jf101239w).

The carbon dioxide is colder than the room air, and it is heavier than air as well.