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29 Jan 2019 2:59 p.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse29 Jan 2019 12:18 p.m. PST

"Napoleon Bonaparte was not a gourmand. He tended to eat quickly, rarely spending more than 20 minutes at a meal. He often suffered from indigestion as a result. His second valet, Louis Étienne Saint-Denis, observed:…."
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Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 1:10 p.m. PST

This is my favourite Chicken Marengo recipe:


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 1:11 p.m. PST

"J'aime l'oignon frit ŕ l'huile!"???

Aethelflaeda was framed29 Jan 2019 1:12 p.m. PST

Potatoes and fried onions were a fave on campaign. Chicken Marengo came about as it did for lack of other ingredients.

BorisTheSpider29 Jan 2019 1:17 p.m. PST


von Winterfeldt29 Jan 2019 3:29 p.m. PST

oh yes he was a delicate eater for that reason he became so bloated

AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 4:00 p.m. PST

I thought that the Corsican Ogre ate badly behaved children for breakfast.

evilgong Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 4:11 p.m. PST

Vienna ?

Last Hussar29 Jan 2019 4:14 p.m. PST

Depends. Against Wellington, Humble Pie.

14Bore29 Jan 2019 4:20 p.m. PST

Watered down wines that shouldn't be ever

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 5:50 p.m. PST

An interesting read, thank you!

ConnaughtRanger30 Jan 2019 5:19 a.m. PST

"…eats laurels and drinks blood.." ?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse30 Jan 2019 11:47 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


Oliver Schmidt31 Jan 2019 9:22 a.m. PST

Contemporary pictorial evidence shows that Napoleon liked to devour countries:


Sometimes he baked his food himself:


And sometimes he tried to crack hard nuts:


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse31 Jan 2019 12:43 p.m. PST

Well… he is not eating alone there… (smile)


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2019 1:17 p.m. PST

Well it might be worth thinking that he died with (most will accept that) rather than of (he might have been chewing the wallpaper or been deliberately poisoned, but I doubt that) gastric cancer.

OK diet is only one factor that predisposes one to that, but makes you wonder about his diet. It will not change mine!

Arcane Steve Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 5:09 a.m. PST

The best story that I read regarding Napoleon and dining was when he was on his way to Paris following his escape from Elba he stopped at an Inn for Breakfast and was charged 20 francs for eggs. 'Are eggs rare here' he demanded of the inn keeper. 'No' came the reply 'but Emperors are'.

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