Caesar salad and Wallis Simpson……

This is a rather odd story that involves Caesar salad and Wallis Simpson, let me explain…. As a result of Mrs. Simpson’s extensive world travels, Caesar Salad was introduced to many of the great European restaurants by her instructing international chefs as they struggled to recreate the dressing to satisfy …

The Vegetable Sandwich….

Are you aware that during the prohibition years in America , a popular chocolate bar was the “Vegetable Sandwich” which was manufactured by The now defunct  Curtiss Company. The “Vegetable Sandwich” consisted of dehydrated sprouts, peas, carrots and cabbage coated in chocolate. Upon the wrapper written in bold letters was …

Lavender marriages….

A lavender marriage is a marriage of convenience in which one or more of the couple are not heterosexual. These “lavender marriages” came about to provide cover for a number of gay and lesbian actors. The 1923 marriage of Rudolph Valentino with lesbian costume and set designer Natacha Rambova disguised …

The Victorians and Piano legs……

Nothing sums up the Victorians’wonderfully prudish attitudes to sex as to the the thought that they were aroused by piano legs. Matthew Sweet, in Inventing the Victorians (2002), describes the origin of this story. In 1837, a Captain Frederick Marryat, the author of The Children of the New Forest (1847), …

Chlorophyll and Dogfood…….

  In the sci-fi obsessed 1950s, for a short time chlorophyll was mooted as the new panacea for all things whiffy. It all started with a fellow called Benjamin Gruskin, who in the 1930s developed a water-soluble form of chlorophyll, now known as chlorophyllin. Gruskin tested his chlorophyllin on everything …