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Foodie King Charlemagne

Today is the birthday of the great Medieval king, Charlemagne who you'll know most likely from your sixth grade history class as being a great emperor. But did you know that he was also a tremendous foodie? You know I have a thing for famous foodies and fun facts so read on:

  • He was a fan of stinky cheeses and his favorite was Roquefort.
  • He is thought to have civilized humankind by introducing the knife as silverware.
  • The peacock was first served during his reign.
  • He invented the German dish, Sauerbraten: slow cooked stew made of beef marinated in a sour-sweet marinade for 2 to 3 days.

Know something else about Charlemagne, or any other fun food facts in general? Please share them below!

Source: Food Reference

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
moldy cheese, eewwwwww my granny loves that stuff
Food Food 8 years
hey scratch5, here's a recipe for sauerbraten that you could give a try!
scratch5 scratch5 8 years
I grew up on saurbraten and had no idea that charlmange was involved!!! I don't have a recipe for it, do you? I'd love to crank up Pippin and make some.
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
I want that cheese!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
I want that cheese!
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