Monday, October 11, 2004
( 9:33 AM ) teahouse
Happy Columbus Day!
Today is the day we honor Christopher Columbus, who is credited with discovering the New World, but who, ironically, died thinking he'd found an alternate route to Asia.
I've always been puzzled by the history I learned in elementary school, that always discussed how the Europeans wanted to go to Asia in search of spices.
Spices? Did the Asians have better spices than the Europeans? Are we talking cumin, curry and coriander? What about soy sauce?
I don't have any of those spices in my pantry. I have salt and pepper, but that's it.
I admit to being barbarously ignorant about such culinary things. If anyone can, please enlighten me.