From the Culinary Calendar on this date in history:
In 1930 At the St. Louis International Air Exposition, a cow supposedly flew in an airplane for the first time, and this same cow became the first cow to be milked while flying. Most likely the first true flying cow dung also.
I shall wonder about the cow’s experience whilst I sit on board my flight to Cape Town tomorrow en route to the long-awaited Food Bloggers Indaba.
It’s been a good week and Wednesday evening brought two special delights; I arrived home to find a case of a previously-unknown wine, and had the pleasure of a dinner with three special women around my kitchen table. This dinner has become an annual event; this being our third year. Happily, our gatherings will become more frequent; one of the ladies is a German, from Namibia, who is embarking on her MBA at the Wits University School of Business, so she will visit Johannesburg far more frequently. She is a vegetarian and I made my spinach pie, which yielded nice leftovers for my office lunch yesterday.
Our dinner had nothing to do with the case of wine, (we drank red; lots of very good red) which is Dutch-styled and is, as it says on its label By appointment to H.S.H. Friedrich 5th Prince of Solms-Baruth.
“Princess Amalie zu Solms-Braunfels was immortalised by Rembrandt in 1632. After her marriage to the Prince of Orange, she played a significant role in Dutch political life. Her grandson, William III, King of England, provided refuge and financial support to thousands of French Huguenots after the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. Among these, some 180 souls were relocated to the Cape and granted farms in the immediate vicinity of Delta (then called Zandvliet) where they laid the foundations of the modern South African wine industry.”
Happy weekend, friends. And remember the Latin proverb:
It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason.”