National Food Days

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Never mind traditional public high days and holidays, there now seem to be days set aside to celebrate just about everything from felt hats to cheeseburgers. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of them are American National Days.

Today – Thursday 15th September – is the day to celebrate three great foods and one traditional drink, as follows.

National Cheese Toast Day
Toast with cheese on; we all love it! But did you know that Del Johnson of Los Angeles claimed to have invented it in 1958? Perhaps he had never heard of Welsh rarebit which has references dating back to 1725.

National Linguine Day
Hey, who needs an excuse to eat pasta? Linguine, which translates as little tongues, has an elliptical shape, a bit wider than spaghetti. Its origins lie in Liguria, so not surprisingly it is perfect with pesto.

National Double Cheeseburger Day
Personally, I think you can have too much of a good thing, so if you want to celebrate a single cheeseburger, why not wait until Sunday which is National Cheeseburger Day.

National Crème de Menthe Day
I suspect you either love it or hate it served neat. But it is a popular ingredient in some cocktails. It was developed in France as a digestif. It is available either white (colourless) or green. Traditionally the green colour comes from the Corsican mint leaves that are used to make it. Today the colour often comes from the addition of colouring agents.

Non-food National Day
Just so you know, today is also National Online Learning Day and National Felt Hat Day.

More National Days
There is a website dedicated to national days if you looking for an excuse for a daily celebration.

Auld Lang Syne

Here is another quick post that has absolutely nothing to do with food, but may just come in handy on New Year’s Eve.

If you are like me, you probably don’t know the words to Auld Land Syne – other than the chorus.  So here they are.  (And if there are any mistakes, don’t blame me, blame the internet!)

And if you really need the practice, play the Mariah Carey video and sing along!

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Best Christmas Song Ever?

No recipe today.  Just a message to say:

Happy Christmas!

And a video of the best Christmas song ever.  Well, 166 million viewers think so, anyway!

Most Smarties/M&Ms eaten in one minute blindfolded using chopsticks

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Do you know, believe it or not, there is actually a Guinness World Record for this? Apparently on 8th December 2011 in New York someone named Ashrita Furman (an American, of course), ate 20 M&Ms in one minute using chopsticks while wearing a blindfold.

Andy Warhol has a lot to answer for. But even he couldn’t have imagined that some of his compatriots would be so desperate to have their 15 minutes of world fame as to take the ridiculous to such dizzying new heights. I reckon it won’t be long now until someone is awarded a Guinness World Record for being the only American left alive who hasn’t attempted a pointless Guinness World Record.

(By the by, LW got really confused when I asked her to put her M&Ms in alphabetical order.)

Nutella Lock

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The Telegraph has carried a story that a German man, Daniel Schobloch, has invented a lock for a Nutella jar to stop people surreptitiously nicking spoonsful of the stuff. Apparently you can buy them on eBay for €10 and so far Herr Dan has sold nearly 1,000 of the things.

So, who is crazier, Herr Dan for wasting such time and effort making the locks or the 1,000 odd Nutella nutters who have more money than sense? A small jar of Nutella costs less than €2 (depending where you are). Wouldn’t you be better off spending your hard-earned dosh on a few more jars of the stuff? And a little more time contemplating the meaning of life may just help these Nutella nutters get their lives back on track.

Now, if Herr Dan will just invent a coded lock for chocolate bars, LW will get far fewer dirty looks.