Healthy goodies! 🙂
Healthy nibbles together with a few glasses of Sangria will be just fine for me tonight…the obvious glass of champagne at midnight and that should keep me under the limit (and within my calorie count, too I should think!) Two days (Christmas and Boxing Day) of indulgence is enough for me 😉
So this is my last image of the year. I will be doing another year of images, but this time on blogspot.com.au with my URL being http://ellesdailyphotoblog.blogspot.com.au/ if you are interested in following me there. They will be random, funny, cute, special effects, abstract, panoramic and just plain weird kind of photos and will all be taken with my cool Samsung Galaxy Note and uploaded via the phone too; no more PC required…quick, simple and fun! I hope you all enjoyed the 2012 images (bar the time I was overseas) and enjoy the next 365! 🙂
Came across these on the shelf of my local supermarket today. Am about to try them with a coffee while I get back into the world of Anna Karenina…
A wee Christmas gift…
Not the usual photo…love my Galaxy Note! 🙂
With jelly beans 😉
Birth of the Candy Cane:
Around the seventeenth century, European-Christians began to adopt the use of Christmas trees as part of their Christmas celebrations. They made special decorations for their trees from foods like cookies and sugar-stick candy. The first historical reference to the familiar cane shape goes back to 1670, when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, bent the sugar-sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff. The all-white candy canes were given out to children during the long-winded nativity services.
The clergymen’s custom of handing out candy canes during Christmas services spread throughout Europe and later to America. The canes were still white, but sometimes the candy-makers would add sugar-roses to decorate the canes further.
The first historical reference to the candy cane being in America goes back to 1847, when a German immigrant called August Imgard decorated the Christmas tree in his Wooster, Ohio home with candy canes.
About fifty years later the first red-and-white striped candy canes appeared. No one knows who exactly invented the stripes, but Christmas cards prior to the year 1900 showed only all-white candy canes. Christmas cards after 1900 showed illustrations of striped candy canes. Around the same time, candy-makers added peppermint and wintergreen flavors to their candy canes and those flavours then became the traditional favourites.
Sweet Secrets of the Candy Cane
There are many other legends and beliefs surrounding the humble candy cane. Many of them depict the candy cane as a secret symbol for Christianity used during the times when Christian were living under more oppressive circumstances. It was said that the cane was shaped like a “J” for Jesus. The red-and-white stripes represented Christ’s blood and purity. The three red stripes symbolized the Holy Trinity. The hardness of the candy represented the Church’s foundation on solid rock and the peppermint flavor represented the use of hyssop, an herb referred to in the Old Testament. There is no historical evidence to support these claims, quite the contrary, but they are lovely thoughts.
A Catholic priest called Gregory Keller invented a machine to automate candy cane production during the 1950’s.
Shortbread is generally associated with and originated in Scotland, but due to its popularity it is also made in the remainder of the United Kingdom, and similar biscuits are also made in e.g. Denmark, Ireland and Sweden. The Scottish version is the best-known, and Walkers Shortbread Ltd is Scotland’s largest food exporter.
Shortbread was chosen as the United Kingdom’s representative for Café Europe during the 2006 Austrian presidency of the European Union.
Scottish chef John Quigley, of Glasgow’s Red Onion, describes shortbread as “the jewel in the crown” of Scottish baking.
Shortbread is a classic Scottish dessert that consists of the three basic ingredients which are still commonly used today: flour, sugar, and butter. This dessert resulted from medieval biscuit bread, which was a twice-baked, enriched bread roll-dusted with sugar and spices and hardened into a hard, dry, sweetened biscuit called a rusk. Eventually, yeast from the original rusk recipe was replaced by butter, which was becoming more of a staple in Britain and Ireland.
Although shortbread was prepared during much of the 12th century, the refinement of shortbread is credited to Mary, Queen of Scots in the 16th century. The name of one of the most famous and most traditional forms of shortbread, petticoat tails, may have been named by Queen Mary. This type of shortbread was baked, cut into triangular wedges, and flavoured with caraway seeds.
Shortbread was expensive and reserved as a luxury for special occasions such as Christmas, Hogmanay (Scottish New Year’s Eve), and weddings. In Shetland, it is traditional to break a decorated shortbread cake over the head of a new bride on the entrance of her new house.
Tonight’s dinner; nice and simple… 😉
Originally the word ‘bacon’ was used for any type of pork.
Bacon is cured and smoked pork. In the U.S. pork bellies are used, Canadian bacon is made from the rib eye of boneless pork loin, and most European countries use the ham (thigh) or shoulder to make bacon.
There are 24,872 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Bacon’
(Mark Morton, ‘Gastronomica’, Fall 2010)
More than 2 billion pounds of bacon is produced in the U.S. each year.
Regular sliced bacon is .062 inches thick (1/16 inch) 16 – 20 slices per pound. Thin sliced bacon is .031 inches thick (1/32 inch) 28 – 32 slices per pound, and thick sliced bacon is .111 inches thick (1/8 inch) 10 – 14 slices per pound.
The BLT, (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich) became popular when fresh lettuce and tomatoes became available year round with the rapid expansion of supermarkets after World War II.
Truer words have never been spoken 😉
A nice low calorie, low fat AND low sugar snack with my coffee while I read my book…