SIDE VIEW’S WEEKEND CHALLENGE: FOLLY

It’s too cold to type, I am shivering and my fingers are playing havoc with my keyboard. Today’s date brings up quite a lot of nice food history on the foodreference.com calendar:

Eat Your Vegetables Day (Isn’t beetroot ice cream and a beetroot and vodka shooter the ultimate folly?)
National Apple Streudel Day

1239 King Edward I of England was born (ruled 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons.

1862 W.H. Fancher and C.M. French patented an unusual plow/gun combination.

1870 George Cormack, the creator of Wheaties cereal, was born.

1872 George M. Hoover arrived in Dodge City. He was the second settler there, and opened the first business, a saloon of course. Whisky was 25 cents.

1903 Ruth Graves Wakefield was born. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s.

1978 ‘Cheeseburger In Paradise’ by Jimmy Buffett peaks at #32 on the charts.

From the sublime to the ridiculous; I’m off to make 20 litres of potato salad now, catering a big lunch tomorrow.

Happy weekend, friends.

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49 thoughts on “SIDE VIEW’S WEEKEND CHALLENGE: FOLLY

  1. Great facts!

    I LOVE potato salad, but even for me, 20 kilos is too much. Sounds like it’s going to be a large gathering. Do you need to peel all of those potatoes first?

  2. You cite: 1239 King Edward I of England was born (ruled 1272-1307). His coronation feast included 278 bacon hogs, 450 pigs, 440 oxen, 430 sheep and 22,600 hens and capons.

    Fair enough, but . . .

    How many people attended the gala event?
    What side dishes were served?

    And how many tons/tonnes of potato salad would you need to make to feed that army? 😀

    Hope it warms up for you soon.

  3. Someone told me your homes in SA have an open design…thus cold air easily enters…. which would explain the discussion of cold during your winter months.

  4. interesting: a potted history of certain foods and drinks. we have our big night tonight: a barbecue with grilled potato slices and steamed carrots and brussels sprouts. basic but honest 🙂

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  6. Morning Cin, what was the entire menu for yesterday? Was going to say hope it went well but with you I know it was purrfect 🙂 I hoped souldipper would post her potato peeler trick for all of us to read, hehe! Have a lovely sunday.

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