[FHCx335] National Mousse Day

Not mouse, not moose,

IT’S NATIONAL MOUSSE DAY!

Air bubbles making something tastier? Ridiculous… but true! There’s something about the texture of a mousse that really adds to the experience, and of course the French food scientists would be the ones to come up with it.

As if we’ve never featured Lund’s & Byerly’s amazing bakery before, tonight’s mousse was a special treat from the ol’ LnBs (pronounced, “Ellenby’s”).

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He’s so happy that he’s about to be digested!

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Look at that beautiful moussey center…

Tomorrow is National Pie Day (we disagree) and National Eat a Red Apple Day!

-SPAK

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[FHCx318] National Indian Pudding Day

IT’S NATIONAL INDIAN PUDDING DAY!

Not created by people in India, nor even by Native Americans that were called Indians at the time. Let’s just name something Indian because it’ll be cool that way.

So you have these Northeastern settlers who want to make some pudding to remind them of home back in Britain (TMW you hate your government but want food) and didn’t have the wheat flour for it. Instead they used cornmeal, or as they called it, “Indian Meal.” Yeah, that’s right. And yet we wonder where we went wrong in this country.

We used this recipe to make our Indian Pudding today.

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Whole milk with cornmeal and salt. Bring it up to a boil and whisk it for a long time.

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So hot! Then turn it to low, cover it, and let it sit for 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, mix up the eggs, molasses, and spices.

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What is even going on here with the milkmeal?

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Take some of the hot stuff out of the pan and put it into the egg mixture to “temper” the eggs. Then put the egg mixture into the pot. It’s convoluted.

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Mix it all together, then throw it in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours.

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That film hides a very infirm inside.

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It’s just brown goop without much texture. Kinda tasty.

Tomorrow is National Spicy Guacamole Day and National Pickle Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx287] National Yorkshire Pudding Day

Another national holiday celebrating another nation’s food…

IT’S NATIONAL YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY!

Picture pudding. You probably just thought of some chocolatey or vanillay goo that can be gobbled up with a spoon pretty easily.

Not that kind of pudding today.

In the UK, pudding is really just a word for what happens when you mix eggs, flour, and milk, and make a popover-y pastry kind of thing. And usually that means with MEAT. None of this namby pamby sweet stuff. Meat.

Luckily for us we have a pub in town (a few actually) that serves food of the British Isles. It’s called Merlin’s Rest, and it’s very fun.

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If you’re gonna go British, grab a cider.

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Yeeeeeah, pudding!

Meaty and potatoy. The way life should be.

Tomorrow is National Dessert Day and World Egg Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx272] National Strawberry Cream Pie Day/National Drink Beer Day

TODAY IS NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY AND NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY!

Beer. Ben Franklin’s BFF. With all sorts of varieties: hoppy, malty, dark, light, etc., there’s plenty to choose from. If you’re really cool, then you get to Surly’s Brewer’s Table where you can enjoy a delicious tasting menu with beer pairings. You won’t think of beer the same way. (We did this on SP‘s birthday and it was great!)

Today we celebrated by having this Sioux City Birch Beer. It’s not beer in the traditional sense, but it sure is in the title!

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AK‘s endorsement: “It tastes like benadryl!”

Well if beer isn’t your thing, maybe dessert is?

SP‘s “contact” at Baker’s Square says that currently Strawberry Cream Pies are out because strawberries are “out of season.” This is coming from the same place that serves strawberry-rhubarb pie to octogenarians year-long. Trips to the grocery stores nearby were not fruitful (or creamful) either. So we had to make it at home!

AK mixed up some strawberry Jell-O and some vanilla pudding, and made this little pie-lets. Top with strawberry and cream and there you have it.

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Look at that beautiful color!

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Decorated artfully.

Tomorrow is… ugh… Coffee Day…

-SPAK

[FHCx263] National Butterscotch Pudding Day

Heehee, butt.

IT’S NATIONAL BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING DAY!

If someone could describe to use the difference between butterscotch, toffee, and caramel flavors, that’d be great. I mean, it’s all just burnt sugar and butter, right? Butterscotch is brown sugar? I suppose we could do some research but… we’ll just rely on this to make our pudding today.

Big brown mess

Tomorrow is National (Rum) Punch Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx240] National Banana Lovers Day/National Pots de Creme Day

And boy do we love bananas!

TODAY IS NATIONAL BANANA LOVERS’ DAY AND NATIONAL POTS DE CREME DAY!

If you haven’t watched Bananya, you totally should.

They say bananas are nature’s cheesecake. We say they’re downright delightful. It’s important to keep bananas around for an easy, peelable snack anytime. Yeah they may be carby, but it’s better than reaching for those Cheetos or cookies.

Fresh from the grocery store banana tree

Look at how much this guy loves bananas!

It’s strange how many of our “national” days revolve around French food. Strange in the sense that we’re mostly war buddies but it makes sense that we still covet all the French food. It’s just so good.

SPom had this recipe lying around and she was gracious enough to help by making it for us!


Yummy!

Tomorrow is National Cherry Turnover Day!

-SPAK

[FHCx222] National Rice Pudding Day

Rice… pudding?

IT’S NATIONAL RICE PUDDING DAY!

Rice pudding is made differently all over the world. Sweet, savory, porridgey, thick, thin, etc. It goes on and on. Made with coconut milk? Could be. Have some saffron in it? Whatevs.

Over the weekend we went out to dinner for SPad’s birthday at Gorkha Palace. It’s a really lovely Indian/Nepali/Tibetan restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis. And while their specialties lie in their momo, they also have rice pudding! We made sure to get some to-go so we could have some today.

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Eat warm or cold! Do what you wanna do. Rice pudding is as varied as people.

Tomorrow is National S’Mores Day! (Oh boy oh boy)

-SPAK