If it’s lunch time, most of us are probably having a sandwich. It’s filling, tasty, and portable! It is really a full meal – in most cases, bread, meat, cheese, and vegetables! Supposedly, the sandwich was created by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, who spent a great deal of time in gambling halls in the UK and did not have time to sit and have a full meal. He thought to himself, if he put the meat he was having between two pieces of bread he could take his meal with him and eat as he played. This was in 1762. While it might be true, and probably is, I find it a little hard to believe that people before Montagu hadn’t thought up the idea. But none-the-less, today we celebrate his invention the sandwich in the best way we know how… eating a sandwich.
How to celebrate – Have a sandwich. Invent some type of new sandwich. Try adding new and different things to your sandwich.
Another food day for the holidays, this one is pretty good though! It’s National Date Nut Bread Day, a sort of desert, sort of snack, sort of meal kinda thing. That means you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner… or all three.
It all starts with dates, originally harvested in the Middle East as far back as 6,000 B.C.. Dates are not prunes, they just seem like they are. Actually dates are pretty sweet, chewy and, by themselves, good for you. A true fruit of the dessert.
Next come the nuts. Walnuts, pecans, practically any nut you choose except for peanuts. Peanuts are not actually a nut, they are a legume. Besides, a lot of people are allergic to peanuts, as well as tree nuts and any other sort of nut. So you may want to skip the nuts and just make date bread if you have family members who are allergic to nuts. (See how complicated it gets!)
Anyway, here’s a recipe for you if you care to make it for your family. It is believed Date Nut Bread was first made in England. Probably after the crusades when England sent troops to the Middle East. Anyway, some how they ended up with dates and naturally hat led to date nut bread.
Add a little cream cheese and you have a meal fit for a King, like the King of England! I can just imagine King Arthur sitting around the round table munching on some date nut bread with his knights.
How to celebrate – Make some date nut bread. Grow your own dates. Gather around your own round table.
When I started doing these blogs I thought how interesting these holidays might be. Little did I know I would be writing one about cheese balls. I do like cheese balls, but there’s not much to say about them. They are made out of cheese and in a ball shape. Depending on what you add to them they can be either healthy or not, crunchy or silky, served with meat or without.
You can use practically any kind of cheese, make it spicy or mild and serve it with vegetables, crackers, pretzels, fruit, bread, well… just about anything you can imagine. No one knows when the first cheese ball was made, or where, but my best guess is that as soon as cavemen realized how to make cheese, the cheese ball came into being. It’s meant to be dipped into, peeled away but never cut. To cut the cheese would be rude. There are many recipes for cheeseballs. Depending on your taste of cheese some will be wonderful, others… maybe not. So what really separates one cheese ball from the next? Aside from the flavors, it is what they look like. Below are a few samples I found that at least amused me.
Obviously the cheese ball can be used to celebrate any holiday, even the weird and bizarre. In fact, you really don’t even need for there to be a holiday to enjoy a cheese ball. Again, Congress did not declare the day and no president ran on a cheese ball platform to get elected. (They have their own kind of cheese anyway.)
So how do you celebrate? Well, make one of the recipes supplied above. Create your own recipe remembering you really can use anything to make your cheese ball. Or find a party to go to and take them a cheese ball, even if it’s just because you want one yourself.