4 Oct 2012
TAKE AWAY OR TAKE OUT !
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When I go together with my friends to the "Jardin d'Asie" the (Asian Garden) Restaurant, I always order the same plate because I love it. It's noodles with vegetables beef and chicken pieces and it tastes delicious. I order a plate for me to eat in this lovely restaurant, but also the same plate for Mr. G. to eat at home in the evening. Therefore I always ask for a "Take Away" but it is exactly the same plate as I eat in the restaurant.(not to mix up with a "Doggy bag").
When I was in my 20 til 40th I loved cooking, it was a hobby for me. I always tried out new recepes or tried to copy things I had eaten in a restaurant at home. It didn't bother me spending hours in the kitchen. This time is long gone, now it has to be quick, good, and healthy. Fortunately we have quiet a lot of "Take Away" restaurants in Waterloo not only Asian or chinese once.
The "Take Away" formular didn't exist since a long time at least that was what I thought and I wanted to know exactly since when it started. The dictionary gave me following information "sold for consumption away from the premises on which it is prepared a takeaway meal" Ok, that's true but since when ??
To my surprise I learned that "Take Aways " or "Take-outs" existed already in Roman times !!! So it is nothing new, Take Aways are just copied from the Romans !
Roman "Take Away" (Take Out)
In the cities of Roman antiquity, much of the urban population living in multi-story apartment blocks, depended on food vendors for much of their meals. In the mornings, bread soaked in wine was eaten as a quick snack and cooked vegetables and stews later in the day delivered by the food vendors.
Many of these food vendors catered to those who did not have means (!!!) to cook their own food, particularly single households. Unlike richer town dwellers, many could not afford housing with kitchen facilities and thus relied on "Take Away "food.
Apparently they didn't start their days with cornflakes, jam and rolls or sausages and red beans but with in wine soaked bread. What a nice joyful start into the day !
And also in the Middle Age, large towns and major urban areas such as London and Paris supported numerous vendors that sold dishes such as pies, pasties, flans, waffles, wafers, pancakes and cooked meats.
Now today it is the opposite, not everybody can afford to buy "Take Away" food every day, but we have all a complete furnished kitchen !
From now on I will not have a queasy conscience anymore when I order Take Away food, because I only do what the Romans did already long time ago, I just lock my kitchen and throw the key away, then I have a good excuse to always buy "Take Aways" because I have no kitchen anymore and can soak my bread in wine as breakfast in the morning ! In short a healthy cheerful life !