- It was a Chinese mountain living who came up with the idea of mixing flavors with ice. His name is unknown.
The Arabs learned to make ice cream from the Chinese. They gave it the name 'sharbets. What was later corrupted to sorbet, which means juice or drink.
Sorbet was blown over to Italy, where it became very popular. When Catherine de Medici married Henry II and moved to France, her chefs also traveled. They introduced the Italian ice cream dishes to the court.
Ice cream dishes became more and more refined, fuller in taste and consistency. In the mid-18th century, people came up with the idea of adding milk, cream and eggs. The 'parfaits' were born, with the ice cakes in their wake.
Ice does not really become democratic until the beginning of the 20th century when industrial production takes place.
An ice cream maker is the easiest way to prepare ice cream, but it can also be done without it. Put the mixture in a low bowl that you put in the freezer for a few hours. In between, you have to beat the ice once (if the sides and bottom are already hard but the middle is still quite fluid. Patience and regular checking is the message.
Did you know that Saffron is extracted from the autumn crocus, crocus sativus. The harvest of saffron, the stamens of the crocus, is done by hand. So why is it the most expensive spice in the world? Saffron is used for the beautiful ocher color, but certainly for the light delicate taste, also a bit bitter.
Do you know that saffron is also grown in Belgium? www.belgischesaffraan.be
Nuts and pears are delicious with blue mold cheeses.