Category Archives: Food

The title Jayne Mansfield turned down

Today’s fascinating. but utterly useless, food fact – On 19 April 1933 Jayne Mansfield was born. American beauty contest winner, stage and screen actress. Supposedly the only title she ever turned down was ‘Miss Roquefort Cheese,’ because she believed it … Continue reading

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The world’s oldest soup recipe …

Today’s interesting, but utterly useless food fact: The world’s oldest recipe for soup is approximately 6000 years old.  It apparently calls for hippopotamus, sparrows, vegetables, lentils and spices. I couldn’t find a source for this information, even though I looked.  … Continue reading

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Patron Saint of Coffee house owners and keepers

Today’s fascinating, but utterly useless, food fact – 16 April is the Feast of Saint Drogo, patron of coffee house owners and keepers. Actually, Saint Drogo’s lifestoy offers no clue how he got to be the patron saint of coffee … Continue reading

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Taste the Little Karoo, by Beate Joubert

Sometimes a recipe book just speaks to me of someone specific – Taste the Little Karoo is evocative of a friend of mine who owns a holiday home in the Little Karoo and who is a fantastic cook.  The book … Continue reading

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Today’s Grand Cru – Landskroon Shiraz 2013

Cru is “a vineyard or group of vineyards, especially one of recognized quality”. It is a French wine term which is traditionally translated as “growth”, as it was originally the past participle of the verb “croitre”. At the recent Chef’s … Continue reading

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Frozen Fish Fingers

Today’s fascinating, and utterly useless, food fact: On 14 April 1927 Clarence Bridseye of Massachusetts received a U.K. patent for frozen fish fingers.  This make the tradition of these “delicacies” ninety years old.  They only really became popular in the … Continue reading

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Giving Back Childhood

I fell in love with this book just from its cover – so much for not judging a book by its cover – but seriously, what’s not to love about a book in aid of funds for the Red CrossWar … Continue reading

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