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National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

I don’t know why I do this, but I think it’s kind of fun.

It’s National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor.

There is no actual history behind this day, but one can celebrate by eating vanilla ice cream. Kind of the point isn’t it?

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19th July 2016: this day in history

1799 – French troops in Egypt discover the Rosetta Stone, a basalt slab inscribed with three ancient languages that allows researchers over 20 years later to translate the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt.

1870 – France declares war on Prussia to begin the Franco-Prussian War, which will result in the unification of Germany and the end of the reign of French emperor Napoleon III.

2007 – Pratibha Patil is elected as the first woman President of India.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

YUMMY!

It’s National Ice Cream Day! You know what this means. Time to serve up some cold history.

^ The ice cream is not attributed to a date of origin or an inventor that we can trace back. (I wish I could lay claims to inventing it then!)

^ But the Chinese are credited (generally) for creating the first ice cream as early as 3000 BC. How did it reach Europe?

^ Marco Polo is often cited as the man who introduced ice cream to Italy. The Italians perfected the method and the ice cream we enjoy today is credited to them. (We are forever in your debt.)

However, the French get credit for introducing the sweet treat throughout Europe. C’est la vie!

^ You do notice when it comes to food history, the French are right around the corner right? It’s like they were always waiting to perfect a method and introduce it to the world.

^ But let’s give Catherine de’Medici some credit too. When this lady married Henry II of France, she brought some Italian chefs with her. Not just any chefs, mind you. These chefs were said to have had recipes for flavored ice. 

The first recipe for flavored ice appeared in French in 1674. God bless the French!

^ This is random, but I want to throw it out there: Here, in Trinidad, we still have flavored ice. No, it’s not sorbet, but snow cone. Which is a weird name for a cold treat because we never experience snow. 

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^ Oh, alright! Some people know it as shaved ice, but it’s still flavored ice! 😛

Whatever the history, I’m glad we have ice cream. So many flavors to choose from, but I remain loyal to vanilla, which happens to be the most popular flavor. 

Almond Milk Ice Cream - A Homemade Recipe:

hOmemade blueberry ice cream:

Toasted Marshmallow Coconut Milk Ice Cream:

Blueberry Pie Ice Cream:

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Happy Bastille Day!

July 14th, 1789.

Citizens of Paris stormed and destroyed a prison fortress known as the Bastille. The event became known as the Storming of the Bastille. On that eventful morning, the prison contained just seven inmates excluding the infamous Marquis de Sade who had been transferred to another prison earlier in the month.

Today is a public holiday in France simply known as Le quatorze Juillet (14th July) which we simply call Bastille Day in English. Happy Bastille Day, not only to the French but to Francophiles everywhere.

“Liberty Leading the People,” by Eugène Delacroix.

Top 10 facts about the Bastille via express.co

1. The Bastille was originally a royal state prison built in the 1370s to defend Paris from the English during the Hundred Years War.

2. Once a busy state penitentiary, it only held seven prisoners when it was stormed.

3. The seven prisoners comprised four forgers, two lunatics and one aristocrat. 4. The aristocrat was Comte Hubert de Solages, whose family had asked for him to be imprisoned for committing incest with his sister.

5. One of the lunatics was an Anglo-Irish man named De Witt (or Whyte) who variously believed that he was either Julius Caesar, St. Louis, or God.

6. One freed prisoner is said to have refused to go until he had finished his roast pheasant dinner.

7. When the Bastille was demolished, a developer made a fortune selling off pieces as souvenirs.8. After the storming of the Bastille, its main key was given to the Marquis de Lafayette who later gave it to George Washington.

9. It can still be seen at the Washington mansion at Mount Vernon.

10. Billy the Kid was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett on Bastille Day 1881.

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It’s National French Fry Day!

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Before I discovered food history, I used to think that just because there’s French in ‘French fry’ meant it came from France. Or maybe it did?

So, it’s National French Fry Day and this means it’s time to serve up some hot tasty history. 

It began in Belgium. Historians claimed that the Belgians were frying potatoes as early as the late-16oos thanks to poor villagers living in the Meuse Valley. The villagers, were known for eating fried fish, but when the harsh winters came and the rivers froze over, it forced the villagers to turn to potatoes which they started frying just like their fish. And French fries were born! Well, according to local Belgium legend. 

So, why did the French lay claim to the French fry?

If the French really invented the wonderful French fries, I think it had to do with the fact that French was the official language of the Belgian army. The soldiers were responsible for nicknaming the snack “French fries” and the name stuck. However, the French seem to be the ones that caused French fries to spread to Britain and America like wildfire. 

#TheFrenchAreComing

The French are really good at taking something and perfecting the method, hence the reason why they’re the Kings of Gastronomy. I’ve come to a few conclusions as to who really invented French fries:

^ The French came up with the idea on their very own.

^ The Belgium came up with the idea on their very own thanks to some villagers.

^ Maybe, just maybe, the French soldiers were introduced to fries by the Belgians during the Franco-Austrian war and years later when the potato became a household name in France (Yes, the potato was once considered unclean and germy in France, but that’s another story by itself) a few soldiers remembered the tasty fried potatoes they had in Belgium and decided, “Hey, let’s see if we can perfect the preparation method, and introduce these suckers to the public, oui?”

^ The French were responsible for spreading French fries throughout Belgium, just like they did in America and Britain. Thomas Jefferson had a French chef and he liked to have “potatoes served in the French manner” at dinner parties.

I don’t know who was responsible, but what I do know, is the fact that Belgians consume the most French fries (per capita) of any country in Europe.

I like French fries, but now I only eat it once a month. They can be curly, regular, seasoned, chili cheesed, waffle, shoestring, steak-cut, paprika-dusted etc.

My favorite is the crinkle-cut ones that I enjoy straight out the fryer.

Slap on some ketchup, garlic sauce, and/or mustard and dig in!

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Ancient statue Colossus of Rhodes may stand again

The Colossus of Rhodes (Greece) was one of the tallest statues of the ancient world and it was also one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world. I recently read that there are plans in the works to rebuild the Colossus.

I am a history groupie and although I admired the Colossus of Rhodes, I don’t see the appeal of rebuilding him now, although I must admit, it might just be quite the sight. I only hope he’ll be wearing clothes.

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