[FHCx364] National Pepper Pot Day

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IT’S NATIONAL PEPPER POT DAY!

As we drag ourselves towards the finish line of December 31st, we had one more major investment of a food holiday to go before easy street kicked in. This doozy of a day is actually dual in meaning, and we took it in a direction that others probably would not.

You see, pepper pot sounds harmless enough. However, a quick search on wikipedia reveals that there are TWO completely different foods both called pepper pot! There’s the Philadelphia Pepper Pot, invented during the American Revolutionary War to keep troops fed on hearty food through winter, and there’s Guyanese Pepperpot, a stewed meat dish traditionally served around Christmas that uses some very peculiar ingredients. Being adventurous, or rather having a SPad who likes challenges, we opted for the latter.

This meant first acquiring some casareep, a very appetizing-looking black sauce made from cassava root. Allow us to read this important passage, *ahem*: “Cassareep is made from the juice of the bitter cassava root, which is poisonous (it contains acetone cyanohydrin, a compound which decomposes to the highly toxic hydrogen cyanide on contact with water).” Glad we had this talk.

Another main component of Guyanese Pepperpot is the wiri wiri pepper. So many things that are basically unique to this one dish.

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Since SPad made the rest of this, we can’t speak much to the preparation. Just know that it required many pounds of meat including oxtail for its marrow. The final product was beautiful. It is best to make it a couple days ahead of time and let it sit for a while. But then this happens:

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Layer of congealed fat. YESSSSSSS.

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Ok so now that’s cleared up a bit…

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Beautiful beef and peppers with some couscous.

A well-met endeavor. Thanks, SPad!

Tomorrow is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day (Baking Soda) and National Bacon Day (the International version being one we already celebrated).

-SPAK

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[FHCx154] National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day/National Rotisserie Chicken Day

Dinner and dessert!

IT’S NATIONAL ROCKY ROAD ICE CREAM DAY AND NATIONAL ROTISSERIE CHICKEN DAY!

Ice cream is one of the longest-standing difficulties of losing weight. Why make something so delicious and refreshing if it makes you fat? I mean, between ice cream and garlic bread, it’s like we’re doomed to failure. Ice cream is great, and you just have to make sure that you aren’t overeating.

As for the history of Rocky Road? From Dreyer’s:

“At the time of Rocky Road’s birth in 1929, almost all ice cream was made in three flavors – vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry – and was always served as sundaes. Dreyer added walnuts (later replaced with almonds) to his chocolate ice cream and, using his wife’s sewing shears, cut marshmallows into bite-sized pieces to make the first batch of Rocky Road. Dreyer and Edy picked a flavor name to give folks something to smile about in the face of the Great Depression.”

So there you have it! We celebrated with some Haagen-Dazs.

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Nutty and marshmallowy and chocolatey and creamy. Love it.

Rotisserie Chicken is one of our dinner standbys. For whatever reason, getting a whole chicken seasoned and slow-cooked from a reputable and “high-end” grocery store is still less expensive than getting a handful wings from your local restaurant. We particularly like Lund’s & Byerly’s Lemon Pepper Rotisserie. It’s fantastic and easy to eat. Pretty great meal for two!

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Tomorrow is National Donut Day, National Egg Day, and National Chocolate Macaroon Day!

As a forewarning – lots of bakeries will be celebrating national donut day. It will be crazy busy out there!

-SPAK