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 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.


49 Comments Add yours

  1. Tilly Bud says:

    Hope the fingers warm up.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s icy here today, Tilly.

  2. Leeswammes says:

    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?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Boil them in their jackets and then just rub the skin off 🙂

      1. Leeswammes says:

        That’s easy! I never thought of that. Learned something new today! Yay!

      2. theonlycin says:

        You see? The wonders of blogging 🙂

  3. Sending you lots of warmth from the island.
    Have a happy weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too Mandy 🙂 xxx

  4. nursemyra says:

    In 1872 was the second business a brothel?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Highly likely, Myra 😉

  5. Tandy says:

    hope you include some folly in your life this weekend! I love that plate 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m sure going to have me some folly! 🙂

  6. Janine says:

    Jislaaik Cin! That’s a tall order of potato slaai… Good luck and hope the weekend gets warmer 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL @ jislaaik 😀

  7. SuziCate says:

    That’s a lot of potatoes! Sending you some sunshine!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks SuziCate, we had sun, but it is still cold 😦

  8. adeeyoyo says:

    Ooh for a ham (or other nice cold meat) and potato salad sandwich. I can’t get enough in winter.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It does go down a treat, adee 🙂

  9. stay warm oh folly-intent beetroot lover

    1. theonlycin says:

      We had hot beets with our roast yesterday, yum!

  10. Lots of potato salad. I find that when I have to cook for more than two, I am overwhelmed. Ha! I admire your talent and energy! Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Carol, have a super week 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, off to have a look.

  11. souldipper says:

    I wonder if you remembered the neat trick to peeling pounds of potatoes for Potato Salad… Hope I sent it to you! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have it now, thanks 🙂

  12. libraryscene says:

    Found some beet/carrot juice the other day…meh, still have not decided, think I love my beets straight up, but I think of your posts ever time I grab a glass 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, just remember that it has health benefits 🙂

  13. nrhatch says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll have to Google Ed’s party, you have me curious 😉

  14. slpmartin says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, our houses aren’t built for the climate.

  15. 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 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sounds great, John.

  16. colonialist says:

    The very thought of that much potato salad makes me scream in terror. What on earth holds such a quantity?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Several salad bowls 🙂

  17. That’s a L-O-T of potato salad! Imagine catering for King Edward’s coronation…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not a job I would have taken on 😉

  18. Sparky says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sausages, spare ribs, potato salad, French bread with salmon filling, French Salad. Trifle for pudding 🙂
      The link to the potato trick is:

  19. granny1947 says:

    20 litres of potato salad…oy vey!!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep *flexes muscles* 😉

  20. colonialist says:

    Even the beach here was a trifle chilly today.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s very brrrrrr 😦

  21. bluebee says:

    ‘Eat your vegetables day’ – i would have gladly done with one a year only when I was a child 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I didn’t have that problem 🙂

  22. Jamie Dedes says:

    Sounds much too cold there; though, our first day of summer was much to hot. Here I go complaining….

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll never complain about summer again …

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