Today is the 119th anniversary of the First Documented Ice Cream Sundae and, would you believe, there are entire websites dedicated to this culinary item and from what claims to be the Official website of the dish, I find that there are also many books available on this noble subject. Further, I learn that

Sundaes are us, and they have been pleasuring our collective senses ever since 1892, when an enterprising Ithaca, New York, soda fountain proprietor accessorized a scoop of ice cream with sweet syrup and candied cherry, then named it after the Sabbath.


This is very sweet and it reminds me of an anecdote written by my friend Sue:

my friend L was helping me make the coffee, I keep my teaspoons in a ceramic container on the counter and they are all shapes & sizes.

‘Why are some of your spoons so long’ ? asks L
‘Those are sundae spoons’ I reply
‘What! you have special f#*king spoons for Sunday!!!


The story always makes me smile. Sue is a very good cook and is currently in the running to win a competition run by South African celebrity chef Justin Bonello. Those of you who are reading this and are on Facebook, please click here and ‘LIKE’ Sue’s oxtail recipe, she really deserves to win. It’ll only take you a minute. Make sure you vote for this picture:



53 Comments Add yours

  1. Ah how awesome to hv a force like behind your friend. I’m on it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much, Doc, she deserves so to win and one of the fellow competitors is giving her a bit of a run.

      1. ok, i tried to go over there and push the button but it wouldn’t let me because i’m not her “friend”. 😦 talk about cruel. now that’s rejection. does anyone know a psychiatrist i can talk to?

      2. theonlycin says:

        Bwahahaha, you’re funny, Doc 😀

  2. souldipper says:

    In case other people find this – to access “like”, I had to go back to Justin’s page, “like” it, then arrow back to Sue’s Oxtail…

    Wait a minute!!

    Did I just vote for an Oxtail dish? OMG…my vegetarian DNA is going to threaten flatulence!!

  3. nrhatch says:

    As much as I would like to encourage your friend’s efforts, I cannot “like” oxtail stew. 😦

    Now, if she had created a Merlittle Sundae . . . I could get behind it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never mind, Nancy, maybe next time 🙂

  4. adeeyoyo says:

    That is so interesting about Sundaes, Cin, and I love your story about the spoons! 😀

    I do love oxtail and Sue’s picture looks so appetising. Tried to vote, but there is no ‘like’ to click on so will try again later. No space for new comments either. 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      You first have to like Justin’s page in order to vote, adee. Sorry I wasn’t clear on that. 🙂

      1. adeeyoyo says:

        Done – and now for breakfast… 😛

      2. theonlycin says:

        Thanks, adee, enjoy breakfast.

  5. I never knew that about Sundaes, now that was one enterprising marketer to come up with such a catchy name. My pleasure to ‘like’ your friends oxtail soup recipe…., its a bit chilly this evening & now I’m looking around for food just like it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks to YOU, Chef, hope you enjoy supper 🙂

  6. NIce one. That voting has been impossible, my page just doesn’t show anywhere to LIKE

    1. theonlycin says:

      You first have to LIKE Justin Bonello’s page …

  7. colonialist says:

    By a strange coincidence, we were discussing just last night how they simply don’t seem to have raspberry syrup any more as delicious as in days of youth, with ice cream Sundaes consumed even at places like OK Bazaars cafeteria.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And by stranger co inky dink; I made raspberry sorbet yesterday 🙂

  8. Tandy says:

    I hope Sue wins 🙂

  9. nursemyra says:

    ok I voted. now I want some oxtail stew!

    1. theonlycin says:

      *dishes and hands bowl over to Myra*

  10. Tilly Bud says:

    I went on it but I couldn’t see where to vote.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Did you LIKE Justin Bonello’s page first, Tilly?

  11. I do love Sundaes…

  12. Count Czardas says:

    Sunday spoons ? Brilliant.

    Unfortunately Count Czardas does not FB so will not be able to voite for Sue, and will instead have to buy her some oxtail and a quart of Black Label at the Boschoff Street Country Club.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m sure she’ll be happy with that 🙂

      1. Supa says:

        Indeed! 🙂

  13. colonialist says:

    Do what I will, I can’t get a ‘like’ option on that link. OK, I’m dof!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for trying, Col 🙂

  14. Colleen says:

    Its been a while since I had a great Sundae…need to remedy that hehe. Today would have been a good day for it. Been and voted earlier already for Sue. Hope she wins xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think she will, Colly 🙂 xxx

  15. When I think of ice cream sundaes, I think of the neighborhood soda fountain and trips there with my mother. What a treat and a great memory. Ice cream sundaes will never go out of style. Yummy. Blessings, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree they won’t ever go out of style, Carol. xxx

  16. slpmartin says:

    Ah…this is a dish that I have not tried…yet!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never too late to try new things, Charlie 🙂

  17. Tokeloshe says:

    LOL 😉

    Ok, I first had to like him before I could like he’s Oxtail. LOL

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tok *grin*

  18. ok I just have to ask, what is oxtail stew? Is it stew made from ox tail? ick.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes it is, and it is delicious 😀

  19. deepercolors says:

    Now that’s an anniversary I could get enthusiastic over. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      *hands Caro a heaped Sundae glass*

  20. libraryscene says:

    ..erm…I’m having an ethical dilemma.. oy! best go find my f*#kin Sunday spoon and make something fun… what a scream!

  21. Supa says:

    Thank you Cindy and all Cindy’s friends that voted for me, I really appreciate it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My pleasure, Supa, I really think your recipe deserves to win!

  22. Liane says:

    Can one not vote on a website, Cindy? The link goes to Jason’s FB but he is not one of my friends. I can’t vote or like or nothing… (that I can see)…

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, he’s just running it on his FB page, thanks anyway, Lee 🙂

  23. Jamie Dedes says:

    I’m visualizing what you with your humor would do with this: So, in your research, you might not have read about Jahn’s, a New York eatery era 1897 (and still one or two around and I was growing up). We had such delights as The Flaming Desire, huge bowl with five or six huge scoups of ice cream and other goodies topped by a flaming sugar cube. Or, Kitchen Sink – to be shared by six people – and then there was the Suicide Frappe, Boilermaker, Joe Sent Me and lot of others. You could also get a Two-cents Plain, i.e. a glass of seltzer water. All wood, 19th century decore and 19th century clothing on the waiters. —- Your trivia for today. Happy Sundae! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s fab, thanks for sharing, Jamie 🙂

  24. Special f ?$ing spoons for Sundays? Haha. I can imagine some old duck saying that!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Haha, hope Sue doesn’t see that 🙂

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