The poor had to cook food from lordly scraps, but sometimes quite decent dishes were obtained from this, recipes of which have survived to this day.
Nothing human is alien to rich people, and we confirmed this hypothesis using the gastronomic method. We bring to your attention a list of dishes that try to include a variety of restaurants in the world on their menu, but before, nobody even wanted to watch this food.
Olive oil, tomatoes, herbs, and coarse tortilla – this is the recipe for ancient Italian pizza. For poor Italians, pizza was the main course, and, of course, there was no question of any sophistication.
The change of social status pizza owes Margarita of Savoy, the 2nd Queen of Italy. Once the royal lady decided to try something simple, and the cook prepared her pizza, the color of the ingredients of which resembled the Italian flag. The queen appreciated the dish of the poor, and the Margarita pizza, named after her, became Italy’s hallmark.
In some restaurants in the world, not everyone can afford pizza. Fans of the Eat, Pray, Love book by Elizabeth Gilbert can try the protagonist’s favorite dish at L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Naples. This is a branch of the famous English restaurant, which is famous for its expensive, sophisticated menu. The Proper Pizza NZ restaurant in New Zealand prepares pizza with unusual ingredients, such as black truffles. Luxurious pizza in the heart of Brazil will delight the restaurant A Pizza da Mooca: delicious, beautiful, expensive.
This ball-sized fish is a true legend of Japanese cuisine. Gourmets love her for the opportunity to tickle their nerves, because the whole body of the puffer is saturated with tetrodotoxin, in comparison with which potassium cyanide is just a harmless cold medicine.
The ancient Japanese knew the special secret of cooking puffer: they ate dangerous fish long before restaurants appeared. Killer fish was available to anyone, with the exception of the emperor: he was forbidden to take risks.
Monkfish, or, as it is called differently, a European angler, is not an attractive fish. But, as they say, the appearance is deceptive, because it tastes incomparable and has long been a favorite among gourmets and the best chefs in the world.
However, this fish has come a long way before being on the table of the richest restaurants on the planet. Once the line was insultingly called the “lobster for the poor”, and then they even wanted to ban in France: in this country, a taboo for everything ugly. But they changed their minds and are now serving as an expensive gourmet dish.
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Today this cereal plant is a frequent guest at dining tables, and about 15 years ago no one wanted to look at it: this cereal was considered food exclusively for the poor.
The title of gourmet dishes and a place in the menu of the best restaurants in the world of sushi received not so long ago. They were eaten by poor Japanese fishermen, without a selfie for Instagram, of course.
Sushi prices skyrocketed in the middle of the 20th century. They say this is due to the establishment of close ties between Japan and other countries and the influx of tourists.
French onion soup
For many centuries, onion brew was considered food for the poor, while Louis XV did not want to cook onion soup with champagne broth.
But according to the version of Alexander Dumas, the onion soup attracted the king of Poland, Stanislav, during his trip to Versailles. The monarch even asked the cook for the recipe, after which he told it to his “colleague” – the French king.
Of course, the cost of onion soup today depends on the ingredients, but how nice it is to eat a dish that even kings do not disdain.
The combination of eggs, mascarpone cheese, savoyardi cookies and coffee has an invigorating effect on tiramisu lovers from around the world. Many regions of Italy compete for the right to name the recipe for the famous dessert. But, most likely, they came up with it in Treviso in 1970. Whipped yolk with sugar served as an energy drink for ordinary workers of the Venetian city.
Famous Italian culinary specialists ennobled tiramisu with the most delicate creamy cheese, cookies and coffee. Although the original recipe does not contain egg whites and liquor, some chefs are experimenting with the ingredients to get a more savory taste.
In 2006, tiramisu was added to the list of desserts of the countries of the European Union.
The poor Poles were content with this food option, but the other ones added meat and smoked meat to bigos.
Having traveled a long way from food for the poor to the star of the culinary Olympus in many countries, the all-in-one dish has become a subject of admiration for poets and many famous personalities. Adam Mickiewicz devoted a line to Bigos in his poem.
In the 19th century, the most delicate cheese with red mold was called “the meat of the poor”: it was one of the most popular Norman products. But today livaro is produced in limited quantities, and it is almost impossible to find it on the shelves of supermarkets. The restaurants serve delicacy only accompanied by high-quality French wines.
According to European Union law and the French system for verifying the origin of a product, this cheese cannot be made outside of Livaro.
Quite strange, the phrase “the Scottish poor were forced to eat salmon,” must be, but it is. Once upon a time, red fish was found in abundance in the waters of Scotland.
Nowadays, salmon fish is considered a delicacy, it is expensive, and its gastronomic value is not inferior to such seafood as mussels or oysters.
During the Renaissance, pasta with vegetables, cheese and garlic saved the poor and destitute Italians from hunger. They ate pasta with their hands, because the cutlery was not accessible to commoners.
The dish won the dominant position in the Italian menu in the 16th century: not a single banquet could do without it. And when pasta factories appeared, it completely became a national treasure.
Pasta is a frequent guest on the menu of the world’s most expensive restaurants. For example, in the American city of Providence, there is a wonderful place Al Forno, where pasta, baked with cream, tomato sauce and 5 cheeses, will make you pretty fork out, but they say it’s worth it. The English restaurant Padella is famous for its handmade pasta, and of course for its high prices.
While we were writing this article, our appetite took off in earnest – I wanted everything and more. But perhaps we’ll give up pufferfish. And what did you try from the presented list? Perhaps you have a simple family recipe, which will soon be able to take pride of place on the culinary Olympus? Share with us?