Gonna make it to Saturday night!
IT’S NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY!
There are a lot of jokes made at the expense of fruitcakes. Let’s just roll through a few:
Where did this running joke even come from? Why don’t people like fruitcake? There’s this amazing article from the Washington Post that talks about fruitcake’s image in the US. The most memorable joke about fruitcake is likely the original: Johnny Carson joked that there really is only one fruitcake and it just keeps getting passed around.
Since then, the fruitcake industry has just been in ruins. Really! It’s fruit in cake! What bad about it?
A present from SPom
Cute little fruitcake!
It’s moist and dense and cherry-y and mmmm. Could eat this all day, people!
Tomorrow is National Chocolate Candy Day.
Hopefully no one’s disappointed, but we didn’t eat any bean/shortbread sandwiches today. Heck, we didn’t even really eat any beans! In any case:
BEANS DAY AND SHORTBREAD DAY!
None of the food we had on hand for dinner would have been very good with beans, so we decided to be a little creative. Okay, it might be a bit of a stretch. Sure did taste good, though.
Mochi! Filled with red bean paste! Close enough, right?
If you’ve never had mochi, we definitely recommend it. Don’t let the soft squishy texture unnerve you. Since it’s sweet but not crazy rich like a lot of American treats can be, it’s a good one for people who can’t usually handle the overly saccharine. If you’re too scared of the bean paste for whatever reason, you can find mochi with different filling flavors such as chocolate or PB&J (although some would argue whether that’s “authentic” mochi). All in all, yummy stuff.
The other day at Target (same day we found the cherry cordials) we came across another Christmas clearance item, which happened to be a snowflake-design Nordic Ware shortbread pan (accidentally local again!). Just in time for Shortbread Day! We especially had to get it because it came with shortbread instructions and we still don’t know what we’re doing. It ended up being easy enough!
First, cream up some butta (and suga)
Add the floua
Knead tha dough
Put it in the thing
Fork up some holes (and then sing “Fork up some holes” to the tune of Turn Down For What)
Bake it for a while
Goes great with fruit and the whipped cream you made yesterday!
Apologies to any tall breads that may have felt marginalized by today. That means you, baguette.