As I dumped half a container of parmesan cheese onto my pasta today, I started thinking about the history of condiments. Not sure why, since it’s nothing new for me to load enough parmesan on my pasta to kill a horse, but it got me thinking about the kind of condiments my characters would have used in the Regency era.
The oldest and most common condiments are things you’ll find in pretty much every kitchen across the world: salt, pepper, vinegar, cinnamon and, of course, mustard. What I didn’t expect was the discovery that ketchup has been around for centuries. It seems like such a modern condiment, invented for burgers and fries. But it would seem, according to this Wikipedia article, that ketchup was in fact used in the Regency, and even before! Makes me wonder what Phoebe and Benjamin might have smothered in ketchup…
My favorite condiment is parmesan…I can’t eat pasta without it! And I always unscrew the tops off restaurant parmesan dispensers for better coverage! Warm spices like cinnamon and clove come in second for me, especially in the fall.
What’s your favorite condiment? Is there a particular condiment you can’t seem to get enough of? Is there a condiment you absolutely can’t stand?