“1898 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson died. Dodgson’s pen name was Lewis Carroll. He was an English mathematician and creator of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.’ Alice had a habit of eating and drinking unknown substances.”

This comes from a delightful recent find; a website that provides a daily calendar with a culinary timeline. Yesterday provided this little gem:

“1957 The Frisbee was invented. The pie tins of the Frisbee Pie Company of Connecticut were the inspiration for the creation of the Frisbee. A Wham-O employee supposedly saw drivers for the pie company showing Yale students how to throw the pie tins.”

Did you know that? I didn’t.

I also took a dip in unchartered waters and made something I’ve only ever eaten in a restaurant: chocolate-chilli sauce.

Fascinating how culinary chemistry works; there is no sweetness in the sauce, the chocolate simply serves as a binding agent to deliver a silky smooth consistency.

What a winner. I used the recipe found here:


47 Comments Add yours

  1. u r more than a cook, more than a poet, more than a blogger, u r a chemist.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Flattery will get you everywhere 😉

  2. I see you are having a red letter day 😉

    I have to try that sauce!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re funny ;p
      The sauce will be too hot for you …

  3. Tandy says:

    I have a confession – I have never read Alice in Wonderland. I recorded it on MNET the other night so will watch it 🙂 Have a super weekend. xox

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’ll enjoy the movie 😀

    2. Pseu says:

      The book is nothing like the new film, really. Completely different. Enjoy both!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just Googled Mole and it’s not quite the same, but similar. Will make mole soon, thanks 🙂

  4. nrhatch says:

    Very cool about the Frisbee Pie Company. And congrats on the contract. 🙂

    Woot! {clink}

    1. nrhatch says:

      And I LOVE that top photo ~ tantalizing textures.

      1. theonlycin says:

        Thanks Nancy, the contract is not 100% finalised yet …

      2. nrhatch says:

        Well, then, fingers crossed . . . #

  5. Kavita says:

    I am not a beef person, but this looks sumptuous! I think Lindt totally did it for me.. 🙂

  6. leigh says:

    Through the looking glass 😉

  7. Supa says:

    I have to try that sauce.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s delish Supa!

  8. souldipper says:

    Trust George W. Bush to choke on a pretzel on the anniversary of a Pie company’s Wham-O. The man just cannot bear sharing the spotlight! Interesting food combination, but I bet it is delicious. Did all the squares of chocolate make it into the recipe? 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, only 30gms 😀

  9. granny1947 says:

    Hey…did you get the contract??????
    Love you.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Waiting to hear from them, hold thumbs. xxx

  10. Thanks for the new site tip.

    And big “YUM!” 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy the site, Jamie, I am loving it 🙂

  11. Beautiful and interesting, as always, Cindy. I didn’t know that about the frisbee and I love that story!
    Sunshine xx

  12. theonlycin says:

    Thanks Sunshine, have a super weekend.

  13. Talking about chocolate- “Elbows up” have a shop in the lifestyle centre- they sell a range Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar reductions, I bought one with Chilli. Absolutely stunning!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I just love their products, the Froggit thyme infused balsamic is one of my fave things to cook with.

      1. I have that too. Have you tried the Moraccan Zing? Do.

  14. I have always wondered about chocolate and chilli. It’s supposed to be quite mystical. Your picture makes me want to test that right away 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      There was definitely some kind of endorphin high after eating it, can highly recommend!

  15. I put cocoa in chili sauce once after hearing that it is sometimes used. It was good. I forgot all about it after that first experience. Life is full of many distractions; lots of innovations skate across my life like that. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you, Cin…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Back at you, Carol. xxx

  16. Yvette says:

    Indulgance for me too today with a box of melted Lindor balls…just divine! Haven’t seen the sea salt Lindt chocolate bar before!x

    1. theonlycin says:

      There is also a chilli one that is simply divine 😀

  17. suzicate says:

    Chocolate chili sauce sounds quite interesting…as I always say one can never go wrong with chocolate!

    1. theonlycin says:

      This was a real eye opener!

  18. slpmartin says:

    Oh such wonderful lessons on your blog…now chemistry and toy history. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      A plus of age is that we’re never too old to learn new things 😀

  19. nursemyra says:

    I love the way you plate your recipes… they always look SO appealing

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you. Myra 🙂

  20. Pseu says:

    I have tried making my usual chile concarne recipe with chocolate as I made it too hot one day… it calmed it down and added such a smooth texture. Yum.

  21. every plate that comes from your kitchen is culinary perfection.
    🙂 Mandy

  22. Naomi says:

    Oh Yum! Smacks of Madame Zingara’s…and what a cool site!

  23. Tokeloshe says:

    Love the photos!

    That chocolate’s great 😉

  24. bluebee says:

    Love that photo 😀

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