Monday, January 09, 2006


This Day in Medieval History

On this day in 1324 AD, the Italian traveler Marco Polo dies. I've always thought his greatest achievement was bringing Chinese noodles back to Italy to be incorporated into the national cuisine there--that and giving his name to the swimming pool game.

Legend has it that the Chineses purposefully gave Marco Polo the wrong recipe which is why Italian pasta sticks together and Chinese noodles do not.
I thought it was the semolina/dura? mix in the flour that causes stickiness, but of course I've only heard the Italian side of the story.
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