Monday, 26 June 2017

National Chocolate Pudding Day- June 26th 2017


Good Monday morning Foodies; hope you all had a nice weekend and hope you're looking forward to a new start to the week :-)

Mondays are usually a slow & sluggish day for people as most of us are trying to recover from all the weekend fun that we wish it never ends. But don't worry, today is a day to over indulge as its National Chocolate Pudding Day; so don't worry if you're struggling to get through today, get yourself some Chocolate Pudding, take a picture and share it with your friends and family with the hashtag #NationalChocolatePuddingDay, trust me that will keep you going.


A brief history on Chocolate Pudding:-

The food holiday National Chocolate Pudding Day is observed each year on June 26th. Chocolate pudding has been loved by children and adults for many years. Usually eaten as a snack or dessert, chocolate pudding is also used as a filling for chocolate creme pie.

Historically, chocolate pudding is a variation of chocolate custard, using starch as a thickener instead of eggs. The 1903 edition of Mary Harris Frazer’s Kentucky Receipt Book and the 1918 edition of Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cook Book both have recipes for the earlier version, using both eggs and flour.
In 1934, General Foods (Jello) introduced chocolate pudding mix as “Walter Baker’s Dessert.”
In 1936, it was renamed “Pickle’s Pudding.”


Chocolate pudding is usually made with milk and sugar, flavored with chocolate and vanilla then thickened with flour or cornstarch. Some recipes do use eggs when making the pudding.

Chocolate pudding can be purchased ready-made and sold in grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations. The popular brands include Jell-O by the Kraft Foods Corporation and Snack Pack by Hunt’s.(nationaldaycalendar.com)

Oh by the way, I promise not to go AWOL on you guys anymore :-)

Sunday, 18 June 2017

International Sushi Day- June 18th 2017



Tracing sushi’s origins leads us on an interesting journey, taking us back to SE Asia and a method of storing and preserving fish for later consumption. Known as Narezushi, fish was stored by being wrapped in salted and fermented rice where it would remain good for months at a time thanks to the fermentation of the rice. Originally the rice was thrown away when it was ready to eat, and only the fish was consumed.
The next stage in the development of sushi would be far more familiar to the modern palate, known as namanare it was made from partly raw fish that was wrapped in fish and consumed before the flavor changed. Sushi had changed from a way to preserve fish to a new form of cuisine. But this wasn’t the last stage in the foods evolution.

It was in the Edo Period, between 1600 and 1800AD in Japan, that the traditional form of sushi we know today came to exist. At this point it was unique to Japanese culture and consisted of fish and vegetables wrapped in rice, the rice was mixed with vinegar. This form of sushi had regional variations, but the basic idea is still one of the most popular forms of sushi today.

How To Celebrate International Sushi Day

“But wait!” we hear you say, “You said that not all sushi contains raw fish!” That’s right, not all sushi does! Sushi can contain any number of ingredients, and often includes cooked portions, such as in the case of crab sushi. Sometimes sushi contains no meat proteins at all but instead consists of a purely vegetable mixture. International Sushi Day is your opportunity to explore this cuisine and all it has to offer, and maybe find out that you have a new favorite comfort food!- source-www.daysoftheyear.com

Thursday, 15 June 2017

National Beer Day UK- June 15th 2017



Beer Day Britain is Britain's National Beer Day. The date has been celebrated annually on 15 June since 2015.

The date was chosen because 15 June is also the date that Magna Carta was sealed in 1215 and ale is mentioned in clause 35 of Magna Carta, which states:
"Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely 'the London quarter"
Beer Day Britain was instigated and driven forward by beer sommelier, writer and drinks educator Jane Peyton. It took place for the first time in 2015. The main focus of the day is the National Cheers To Beer that takes place at 7 pm when people also sing the Cheers To Beer anthem co-written by Jane Peyton.

A beer alone is good but  a beer shared is even better lol, so lets raise a pint together and celebrate this awesome day :-)

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

National Gingerbread Day- June 6th 2017


Hello Foodies,

Today 6th June is National Gingerbread day; here are 5 fun food facts about Gingerbread by Foodimentary.


  1. Gingerbread originates from ancient Greeks and Egyptians who used as a ceremonial offering.
  2. The term gingerbread is from the Latin term zingiber via old French gingebras, meaning preserved ginger.
  3. In Nuremberg, Ulm and Pulsnitz in Germany, Torun in Poland, Tula in Russia,  the making of gingerbread is considered a Fine Art .
  4. After the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” story published, the gingerbread house making became popular throughout Europe.
  5. In 992, gingerbread was first brought to Europe by am Armenian monk named Gregory of Nicopolis.


Friday, 2 June 2017

National Fish and Chip Day- June 2nd 2017


What is a Friday night without our traditional Fish and Chips? If you live in the UK; you'll probably understand where I'm coming from.

There's no high street without a corner Fish & Chip shop......!

Rich, delicious, and flavorful, and utterly utterly satisfying, that’s the best way to describe this treat. There’s something about the tang of salt and the oil-stained newspaper that just speaks of a meal so steeped in tradition it only seems appropriate that it comes wrapped in the day’s news. Fish and Chip day commemorate’s this fundamental meal of the working class, and while its roots may lay on Britannia’s foggy shores, there are few places in the world that this comfort food hasn’t found its way to.


History of Fish and Chip Day
To talk of the history of this holiday is, as in the case of so many others, to speak of the origins of that which it celebrates. Fish and Chip seem an odd thing to have become the foundation for an entire cultures working class, but much comes into focus when you understand the economy and industry of the time it took hold. In the late 1800’s, trawl fishing became a major part of the industry in the North Sea, resulting in a growing availability of fresh fish in areas further inland, especially within the cities. Anyone who understands economics knows that ‘easily available’ means ‘cheaper to get your hands on’.

Cheap, filling, and high caloric food created an excellent foundation for a working class that held incredibly physically demanding jobs. Thus it was that “Chippers” started cropping up all over major population centers, the vendors that served fish and chips to the people on the street. From there, the meal spread all over the world and is now popular all over Canada (being sold from ‘Chip Wagons’) and throughout the USA. In the America’s it can be found in everything from corner burger shops as part of their fry menu, to some of the most upscale restaurants which provide them with only the best cod and sides. It really is a meal that crosses all the boundaries of culture, class, and status.

How to Celebrate Fish and Chip Day
Well, it starts off simple enough, doesn’t it? Pop on over to your favorite Chippy and get yourself a paper-full of this delicious and filling meal. Try it, however, you like it, with a little tartar sauce in the US, a bit of mayonnaise in Canada, or whatever strikes you as your favorite thing to flavor your dish with. Malt vinegar is a very popular addition, and with the delicious tang, it will make your Fish and Chip Day flavorful and authentic!

Have a fantastic Fish n Chip Day :-) 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

World Milk Day 1st June 2017

Happy New Month Foodies, I can't believe the first half of this year is nearly done.. Just shows to tell you that Christmas is just 6 and half months away lol, I know I'm early but trust me it'll come flying by.

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World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001. The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector.
Milk is an important part of a healthy balanced diet.  World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to spread the word and celebrate all aspects of milk and dairy products  in many countries around the globe. - source- wiki.com


World Milk Day was first designated by the FAO in 2001. June 1 was chosen as the date because many countries were already celebrating a milk day during that time of year.

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The Day provides an opportunity to focus attention on milk and to publicise activities connected with milk and the dairy industry. The fact that many countries choose to do this on the same day lends additional importance to individual national celebrations and shows that milk is a global food.
In 2016, World Milk Day was celebrated in over 40 countries. Activities included marathons and family runs, milking demonstrations and farm visits, school-based activities, concerts, conferences and seminars, competitions and a range of events focusing on promoting the value of milk and illustrating the important role played by the dairy industry in the national economy.
Celebrations will happen again on June 1, 2017 with a special campaign carried out by the dairy sector “Raise a Glass” and a campaign hashtag: #WorldMilkDay. 


Thursday, 25 May 2017

National Wine Day- May 25th 2017


Hi Foodies, today May 25th is National Wine day, let us drink a glass or 2 to celebrate this glorious day :-)

It is also a day is a day to reminisce with family and friends over a glass of wine” and to sample a wine variety you have never had before.



Five fun facts

  • The longest recorded champagne cork flight was 177 feet and 9 inches, four feet from level ground at Woodbury Vineyards in New York State.
  • Thomas Jefferson helped stock the wine cellars of the first five U.S. presidents and was very partial to fine Bordeaux and Madeira.
  • The Irish believe that fairies are extremely fond of good wine.
  • Chilling tones down the sweetness of wine. If a red wine becomes too warm, it may lose some of its fruity flavor.
  • Foot treading of grapes is still used in producing a small quantity of the best port wines.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

National Eat What You Want Day- 11th May 2017


Hello Foodies, so today is a day that means sooooo much to me lol... As you can guess from the topic, it is National Eat what You want Day; which means you can eat whatever the hell you wanna eat without counting calories or feeling bad :-)



Let me know what you're eating or going to treat yourself to today


Friday, 21 April 2017

National Tea Day- April 21st 2017

Tea Houses across the UK participate by offering discounts and special promotions on afternoon and cream tea.

An average Brit consumes a huge £1,475 worth of tea in a lifetime, wishing you all a Happy Brew Day :-)


Saturday, 15 April 2017

National Banana Day- April 15th 2017


Good morning Foodies, hope you are all enjoying the beautiful sunshine and Easter weekend?

Just to add to a very glorious day, today April 15th is National Banana Day. One random thing you probably didn't know about Bananas is that the scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.”Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons :-)

Benefits of eating Bananas:-

Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious.
  • They contain several essential nutrients, and have benefits for digestion, heart health and weight loss.
  • Bananas are among the most popular fruits on earth.
  • Bananas contain a fair amount of fiber, as well as several antioxidants.


Bananas can also be helpful in overcoming depression "due to high levels of tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the mood-elevating brain neurotransmitter," Flores said. Plus, vitamin B6 can help you sleep well, and magnesium helps to relax muscles.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

National Cheese Fondue Day- April 11th 2017

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Today April 11th 2017 is National Cheese Fondue Day, its a day Observed annually on April 11 is National Cheese Fondue Day.  Fondue is a dish of melted cheese or other ingredients, served in a communal pot (caquelon) over a small portable stove (r├ęchaud).  Bread is then dipped from long-stemmed forks into the cheese.  Cheese fondue consists of a blend of cheeses, wine and seasoning.
A 1966 book published in Zurich, under the name “Kass mit Wein zu kochen” is known for having the earliest known recipe for cheese fondue.  It calls for grated or cut up cheese to be melted with wine and for the bread to be dipped in it.
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The first known recipe with cheese and wine was published under the name “Cheese Fondue” in 1875- source-nationaldaycalendar.com
Fun Facts about Cheese Fondue
  • Other nationalities have similar recipes involving things like creamy eggs.
  • The way the Swiss dish obtained a French name is a mystery, though there is a powerful influence of French language speakers in Switzerland even today.
  • The melted cheese dish known as fondue is Swiss in origin.
  • Cow herders, who had long winters with few provisions, invented the dish.
  • The Swiss nobles liked the dish so much that they adapted it from its humble beginnings to make it a dish of the nobility.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Tsofi recipe- Ghanaian Easter Special

As Easter's fast approaching, we are all probably thinking of what to make for our family during the Easter break!

This recipe is probably one of the delicacies we order when we go to a Ghanaian restaurant, but wonder how it is being made.

Try this Ghana's special Easter recipe and your family will ask for more.

Check out the video recipe here-https://youtu.be/DwfRpETvwu4





Friday, 7 April 2017

World Health Day- April 7th 2017



The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.[1] The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. World Health Day is acknowledged by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues, who also organize activities and highlight their support in media reports, such as the Global Health Council.
World Health Day is one of eight official global health campaigns marked by WHO, along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS Day, World Blood Donor Day, and World Hepatitis Day.- wiki.com

This years theme:-

World Health Day 2017, celebrated today 7th April 2017, aims to mobilize action on depression. This condition affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It impacts on people’s ability to carry out everyday tasks, with consequences for families, friends, and even communities, workplaces, and health care systems. At worst, depression can lead to self-inflicted injury and suicide. A better understanding of depression – which can be prevented and treated – will help reduce the stigma associated with the illness, and lead to more people seeking help.

Watch my video here where I shared my story on Depression.

National Beer Day- April 7th 2017



National Beer Day is celebrated in the United States every year on April 7, marking the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act was enacted after having been signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. Upon signing the legislation, Roosevelt made his famous remark, "I think this would be a good time for a beer. The law went into effect on April 7 of that year, allowing people to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume) in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales. People across the country responded by gathering outside breweries, some beginning the night before. On that first day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the future holiday. Today, April 7 is recognized as National Beer Day and April 6 is known as New Beer's Eve.- wikipedia.com



Enjoy a bottle of Beer today without counting calories or having a care in the world :-)


Thursday, 30 March 2017

National Hot Chicken Day- March 30th 2017

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Morning Foodies, today March 30th is National Hot Chicken Day. 

Interesting facts about Hot Chicken-


  • Hot Chicken is a hot and spicy Fried Chicken that is a local specialty of Nashville, Tennessee also known as Nashville Hot Chicken.
  • The originator of hot chicken is the family of Andre Prince Jeffries, owner of Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
  • Created  by a scorned woman, Thornton Prince’s girlfriend cooked him a supper spicy fried chicken breakfast after he was out all night with another girl. Turns out helped the chicken so much he soon opens a chicken shack in the 1930’s.
  • Hot chicken is going National and even global! Even KFC offers Hot Chicken

Today is a day to enjoy some hot chicken with a glass of cold juice today without counting calories :-)

Monday, 27 March 2017

World Autism Awareness Week 27th March-2nd April 2017

From 27 March to 2 April, there are loads of ways to get involved in 2017's World Autism Awareness Week at School, supported by Axcis. Teach your students about autism, fundraise for autistic people and spread the word with free resources like lesson plans, activities and idea packs!

The ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2017. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events

International Whiskey Day- March 27th 2017

International Whisk(e)y Day was first announced in 2008 and falls on 27 March each year.  The name is used with the parenthesis to indicate support of Scottish, Canadian, and Japanese whiskies (no e) as well as Irish and American whiskeys (full of e). The day publicly supports Parkinson's Disease research in addition to enjoying Whiskey- wikipedia.com



International Whiskey Day was launched in 2009 at the Whiskey Day Festival in the northern Netherlands in the presence of several whiskey writers. The event was created in honor of British writer Michael Jackson and is celebrated on Jackson's birthday.

Participants are encouraged to raise one up on the day and drink whiskey for the love of the drink as well as to celebrate Michael's life. Others participate via social media using the #whiskyday2015 hashtag. Various bars may have specials on 27 March to celebrate the day.


Taken from the International Whisk(e)y day's website, "International Whisk(e)y Day is a non-profit celebration of whiskey which receives no funding and is run entirely by the passion of whiskey fans from around the world. So if you love whisk(e)y and want to help spread the word, then go ahead and tell someone about it.wikipedia.com

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017


Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's day to all mums all over the world. Even though Americans celebrate Mother's day on a different day to the UK; we should all celebrate Mother's day everyday.

Being a mum is the best feeling in the world and is also the most tiring and difficult full time job there is.

If you are a mum and you're reading this, I hope you get treated to the best breakfast in bed and showered with lots of love on this glorious day :-)

Have a fantastic day as I will be :-) :-) :-)

Here are some fantastic Mother's Day quotes I found online :-)









Friday, 24 March 2017

Happy Red Nose Day- March 24th 2017



Happy Friday and Happy Red Nose Day 2017, see how you can get involved to have fun, change lives & also have a bit of a laugh here- rednoseday.com


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

World Water Day- March 22nd 2017


World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. This year's theme: Why waste water? in support of SDG 6.3 on improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing wastewater.



Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting drinking and bathing and irrigation and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.



Reducing and safely treating and reusing wastewater, for example in agriculture and aquaculture, protects worker, farmers and consumers promotes food security, health and wellbeing.- source-http://www.who.int/

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

National Fragrance Day- March 21st 2017




Spring is now in the air, and so is National Fragrance Day.  This day is observed each year on March 21st.  
Now if you know me very well, you'll know I'm a lover of all things fragrance, especially perfumes. My perfume collection is constantly growing on a monthly basis and I can only get really excited if today is National fragrance day; which mean I can spray as much perfume as I like without a care in the world lol...
Have you ever been transported back in time simply by catching the scent of loved one’s perfume? Or perhaps it was the smell of baby powder on a newborn that sent you reeling back to the days when your child was an infant.  Maybe it was a combination of ginger and molasses, and suddenly you were in your grandmother’s kitchen.
 
Whatever the fragrance, scents and memory are powerfully linked.  We associate summer with the smell of freshly cut grass, thunderstorms with the smell of the damp air and the acrid scent of sulfur when lightning has struck.  We often connect memories of winter holidays with warm spiced pies and cookies.
 

The brain is an amazing thing, and science finds out more about it every day.  Simply put, the olfactory bulb which is responsible for processing all those smells we take in is next to the hippocampus deep inside the brain.  Neuroscientists have discovered that one of the responsibilities of the hippocampus is creating new memories.  With the olfactory bulb and the hippocampus immediately adjacent,  research suggests smell and memory are nearly related.
 
Our memories are most closely linked to those we have loved.  Your first love may have worn a unique botanical fragrance, or perhaps the uncle who taught you to tie intricate knots smelled of cedar as he told war stories.  While we may often take a trip down memory lane by looking at a scrapbook, perhaps this time remembering our favorite fragrances will stir up memories that were long forgotten or maybe we will make some new ones.

HOW TO OBSERVE
Find some new ways to enjoy your sense of smell. Use #NationalFragranceDay to post on social media.-source-nationaldaycalendar.com

What are you top 3 perfumes??? Mine are below:-

In no particular order :-)

Chloe Original
Marc Jacobs- Decadence
Thierry Mugler- Alien
Jimmy Choo- Illicit

Tips on how to reduce Salt Intake

We're all aware that too much salt in our diet is bad for our health, but the hidden salt in food is what we really need to be careful of.

World Salt Awareness Week 2017 is from March 20th -26th and aims to raise awareness of salt in the diet, with this year’s theme called ‘Salt: The Forgotten Killer'. read my blog post on that here-http://saiprojectscooking.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/national-salt-awareness-week-march-20th.html
Here are a list of 5 food items that are surprisingly high in salt:-
  • Cereal- Probably the one you think is high in sugar is incredibly higher in salt than it is in sugar.
  • Bread- A slice of bread contains the same amount of salt as a packet of crisps which is shocking
  • Cheddar  Cheese- Cheeses already contain a high level of fats and proteins, however it is found that a serving contains more salt per serving than a packet of crisp.
  • Stock Cubes- Probably a culprit with this as I use stock cubes with mostly all my traditional cooking :-( You'd think its a flavour enhancer and should not contain salt; well they do contain as much as 50% salt.
  • Tinned Soup-  Supposed to be a very healthy lunch option, however a can of soup contains as much salt as a slice of pizza or even more.

Now here are tips on how to reduce the intake of salt or the above foods generally:-

  • Be sparing with sauces, especially soy sauce, as they are usually very high in salt
  • Cut down on salty snacks such as crisps – go for low-salt snacks such as dried fruit, sticks of vegetables and unsalted nuts
  • Try to eat less bacon, cheese, pickles, smoked fish and ready-made meals, as these contain high sodium levels
  • Add less salt when cooking – use herbs and spices to add flavour when cooking
  • Make your own stock, or opt for lower salt stock cubes
  • Get out of the habit of adding extra salt at the table – remember to taste your food first as often you’ll find it doesn’t need more.

The amount of salt you should take in on a daily basis varies depending on your age. Below are the recommended guidelines from the NHS:
  • Adults (and children 11 years and over) should consume no more than 6g of salt a day. This equates to approximately one teaspoon and contains roughly 2.4g of sodium
  • Children aged seven to 10 years should eat no more than 5g or less salt a day
  • Children aged four to six should consume 3g or less salt a day
  • Those aged one to three should consume 2g or less salt a day
  • Babies less than one year old should have less than 1g of salt a day. Babies that are breastfed will get the correct amounts required, and formula milk contains similar levels.-source-belfastlive.co.uk


National Salt Awareness Week- March 20th-26th 2017



WASH runs World Salt Awareness Week every year which receives widespread support from many countries around the world. This important week serves to highlight the importance of reducing salt intake in all populations throughout the world, and all countries are invited to participate; be it holding an event, creating media interest or generating awareness within local communities.


Each year WSAW focuses on a particular topic.

This year for World Salt Awareness Week we will be focussing on Hidden Salt- source-worldactiononsalt.com