I was planning to share a recipe, honest. But Rob has been out of town all week (comes home today!) and we actually ended up on facebook at the same time. And I sort of forgot I had the cake in the oven and totally overcooked it. I'll make it again though in the near future and share it. I bet when it isn't all dried out it's really good :-)
But in the spirit of a food related Monday post I have a few random thoughts on food because of something I've either heard about or read.
Heard this on the radio last week and it totally blew my mind. How in the world can there be a shortage of Velveeta? Isn't that manufactured pretend cheese?
Speaking of cheese. Mac and cheese patties? First we put it on a pizza. Now we're balling it up and frying it. Is there no end to the desecration?
Also, another weird food marriage that should not have happened:
bar-b-que chicken pot stickers
Why must we westernize everything?
I saw both those recipes recently on pinterest, by the way. Apparently pinterest has a dark side.
As I said a few of these random food thoughts and words not my own but ones I was surprised by. Like the fact that the banana is both a fruit and an herb. It's considered an herb because the trunk of it's "tree" actually lacks woody tissue. And get this! The banana is also in the berry category since it is the product of a single seed.
Weird, huh? Who knew bananas were so interesting?
The highest calorie food item in the world is a milkshake. A large chocolate shake from White Castle has 1,680 calories. I am not even going to google the peppermint chocolate chip shake from Chick-Fil-A. I don't even want to know. But it probably a reason to give thanks that they don't serve it year round. (Total side note...White Castle was the first fast food restaurant in the US. They opened in 1921. McDonald's didn't open their doors until 1948.)
Queen Elizabeth is credited with the first gingerbread men. Apparently she had them made to match the likeness of visiting dignitaries. Also, the first cookie cutter ever made was in the shape of a gingerbread man.
Not directly related to a random food fact but still very interesting...prohibition is the mother of kids meals. It seems that when alcohol could no longer be sold proprietors needed to generate another form of revenue. Until that time children were rarely in restaurants. Also interesting to note is that there was a school of thought that pies, pastries and other sweets weren't healthy for children under ten so rarely were desserts given in the kids meals.
There are over 7000 varieties of rice in the world.
Fig Newton's were the first mass produced cookie. They're also named after the town of Newton, Massachusetts.
In 2004 Singapore banned chewing gum. Apparently the problem of how people were disposing of their abc (already been chewed) gum really irritated the government. It was being found under tables, elevators, and even in keyholes. The final straw came when vandals began putting their gum on the doors of the cars on their metro system causing them to malfunction. You now need a doctor's prescription to chew gum.
There you go. I am one step closer to actually being back into the blog routine I had before the holidays. We'll see what shows up next Monday.