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National Peach Melba Day

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Auguste Escoffier, Dame Nellie Melba, easy recipe, Food, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, London England, National Peach Melba Day, Peach Melba Recipe, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, The Savoy Hotel, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holidays, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on National Peach Melba Day

Today is National Peach Melba Day. This delicious dessert was created by the world famous Savoy executive chef, Auguste Escoffier in the late 1800’s. He named it Peach Melba in honor of Australian operatic soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. History In 1892, Nellie Melba was performing in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin at Covent Garden. The Duke of Orléans gave a dinner party to celebrate her triumph. For the occasion, Escoffier created a new dessert, and to display it, he used an ice sculpture of a swan, which is featured in the opera. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream and which were topped with spun sugar. In 1900 Escoffier created a new version of the dessert. He omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée. Other versions of this dessert use pears,...

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British Sandwich Week

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in 11th Earl of Sandwich, British Sandwich Week, Earl of Sandwich, Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays UK, John Montagu, London England, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Sammies Awards, Today in Food History, Travel | Comments Off on British Sandwich Week

Quote of the Day: Life is like a sandwich-the more you add to it, the better it becomes. Unknown May 8th-14th is National British Sandwich Week. The Brit’s love their sandwiches and take them very seriously. Although sandwiches in some form have been around since ancient times, the moniker sandwich did not come about until the 18th century. John Montagu, a British statesman, succeeded his grandfather in 1729 at the age of ten as the Earl of Sandwich. John was an avid gambler, not wanting to waste time, he would have his servants slap some meat between slices of bread so he could eat with one hand while having the second free for his cards. His fellow cribbage players would follow suit saying “I’ll have what Sandwich is having.” Thus the term Sandwich was born. The British Sandwich Association...

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