We hear their names in the movies when our favorite characters take their loved ones to a restaurant or simply cook an amazing dinner for themselves.
There are sounding names that take us to the immediate sensation of expecting to taste something out of the ordinary.
How did they become this way? The answer is quite simple: history, time and a good marketing provided by the preferences of millions of people all over the world.
Beef Stroganoff is a sturdy dish mainly served as main course in any respectable restaurant in the world. Beef, mushrooms and sour cream are the signature ingredients of the Beef Stroganoff.
This recipe came to life in 1890 in St. Petersburg, Russia, during a cooking competition where it was awarded the first prize. The name comes from Count Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov, one of the members of the Russian royal family who was the employer of the cook that created it.
You can taste Beef Wellington all over the world. It was cooked for the first time in 1815 for Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington after he was awarded the title for winning the war against the great Napoleon at Waterloo. Wellesley was a huge fan of the roast beef cooked with mushrooms and truffles, Madeira wine and bird pate. In the honor of the duke, the stake was called …Wellington.
The Caesar Salad was created in 1920 not by the Caesar from the mighty Rome but by Caesar Cardini the owner of an Italian restaurant in Tijuana Mexico helped by his brother Alex. The salad was designed to contain lettuce leaves, anchovy, boiled eggs, parmesan, lemon juice and garlic bread croutons sprinkled with Worcestershire sauce. Initially called the aviator’s salad, it became Caeser’s, borrowing the name of its creator.
Eggs Benedict, the Rolls Royce of breakfast was created at Delmonico Restaurant in New York. A faithful client Le Grand Benedict and his wife criticized the chef for serving them the same dishes over and over and requested for something that was not on the menu. This is how the chef created the pouched eggs on top of a bacon slice… on top of a muffin…covered with Hollandaise sauce.
Salisbury stake was patented by a 19th century nutritionist J.H.Salisbury as part of a light meat diet. The stake was created by roasting beef with eggs, bread crumbs, garlic and spices. Sometimes the dish is served with sauce.