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Old 01.11.2011, 15:27
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Re: "Swiss" stuff that really isn't Swiss

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I was on a train a couple years ago in Zurich and an old American woman with a NY accent was telling REAALLLYYY Loudly everyone on the train that American jews invented fondue........ The Swiss people were noticeably pissed to hear this. And several got up and left when she insisted that Jews invented it
And I was very pissed off when an Italian in South Africa insisted that the "Mealie Pap" the African folk eat as a staple of their diet , and most white South African serve at their Braais - was introduced into South Africa by the ITALIANS!

(Did the Italian housewives also, +-500 years ago, grind their maize using a pole and a hollow rock?)

I do stand to be corrected on the above, but the Africans have been tilling their (white) maize fields since time immemorial. And Italian polento is yellow.
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The Swiss Roll discussion I had with my colleagues at work was quite amusing though - they thought I was crazy when I introduced to them their alleged national cake.
People in the US thought *I* was crazy and said that maybe I wasn't a "real Italian" when I told them I had never heard of Alfredo sauce before setting foot in the Land of the Free - quite funny (by the way, Alfredo sauce is awesome)

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I do stand to be corrected on the above, but the Africans have been tilling their (white) maize fields since time immemorial. And Italian polento is yellow.
It's POLENTA, but otherwise I agree with you - yellow corn, the cheapest of the cheapest for people who could not afford bread and/or white corn (more fancy). Had a similar discussion with some Chinese friends about who invented the noodles/spaghetti. I don't care who invented it - if it's tasty, I'll eat it
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Old 01.11.2011, 16:25
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the Africans have been tilling their (white) maize fields since time immemorial. And Italian polento is yellow.
Not before 1492 they didn't, as it's only native to the Americas.

And Italian polenta can also be white, red, bluish grey, or black. I have all of the above in my cupboard, although the black polenta is made from buckwheat and not corn. White polenta is usually eaten with fish.

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