It’s almost holiday time, and though the stores have warped full speed ahead to Christmas and Hanukkah, skipping over Halloween and Thanksgiving in the process, you may be thinking about simple ways to dress your dining table for coming family meals. Why not use gourds, pinecones and acorns to add fuss-free autumnal beauty to your table?
Did you know that gourds have been used throughout culinary history — as cups, bowls and even cooking and storage vessels? The New Zealand Maori preserved birds like wood pigeon, weka, kiwi and kakapo in layers of the birds’ own fat in gourd containers.
For more interesting historical food facts, visit www.foodtimeline.org , a non-profit research project website devoted to culinary accuracy since the dawn of time.