Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cheesecake And Its History

By Dan Ruso

This article is about: cheesecake recipe

Cheesecake is a great dessert for many occasions and events. It has many good aspects.

We are blessed to have the variety of cheesecakes that we have today. We can chose anything from new york cheesecake, to a chocolate cheesecake, to many different types of fruit cheesecake.

There are also more creative, exciting cheesecakes like the tiramisu cheesecake, cinnamon swirl, turtle, and one of my favorites, white chocolate mocha cheesecakes.

The cheesecake today was originally offered as a food sacrifice to gods.

The history of the cheesecake can be traced back 2000 years. Originally the cheesecake was made by the ancient Greeks.

Although we don't have the name the Greeks used for this dessert, we do know it was served to Olympians in the original Olympic games of 776BC held on the Isle of Delos.

They were served in smaller sizes to the cheesecakes of today, and were seen as a good source of energy for athletes who needed to be replenished.

When the Romans conquered ancient Greece, aspects of the culture, such as food, were also conquered. The Roman took the dessert, changed the name to placenta (also called Libum), and elevated the dessert to the level of "food for the gods."

The earliest "recipe" we have of the placenta was written by Marcus Porcius Cato, the Roman politician.

The simple recipe was:

Libum is made in this way: get 2 pounds of cheese and crush in well; then add one pound of bread wheat flour.

After adding one egg, the final step is to cook in a hot fire.

Romans often offered food to household and temple gods.

These gods include the likes of Jupiter, Janus, Vesta, Lares, Pales, Saturn, Ceres.

The Roman believed their success in life relied upon these gods. This led them to lay down many sacrifices.

The Romans used our modern day cheesecake to sacrifice and appease their gods. This was a very important dessert for them.

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