8 FOODIE DATES AND AWARENESS FOR FEBRUARY 2023…

British Yorkshire Pudding Day – 5th February 2023 – On British Yorkshire Pudding Day, the first Sunday of February, this baked pudding is honored for its centuries-long stalwart place in the British food lexicon. Yorkshire pudding was first devised as a way to conserve the fat that would drip off a roasting fowl or side of meat, catching the grease in the batter mix — eggs, flour, and milk — instead of a dripping pan, and serving the resulting dish as a part of the meal. In poorer quarters, since meat was expensive, Yorkshire puddings would be served before the main meal to dull the appetite before the sparingly served meat course.

World Nutella Day – 5th February , 2023 – Nutella is a spread flavored with hazelnut and cocoa. First introduced in Italy in 1964, the product is popular throughout the world. World Nutella Day, first held in 2007, was the brainchild of Nutella enthusiast and blogger Sara Rosso. Fans love it. Each year Nutella maker Ferrero selects one Nutella lover to lead the celebration. On February 5, Nutella fans post pictures, recipes, and messages declaring their love and loyalty to the popular spread.

Valentines Day – 14th February, 2023 – Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14, and we are ready to shower our significant others with love and tokens of our affection. Unlike National Boyfriend Day, this day isn’t just for the boyfriends — anyone and everyone can be shown some love today. This day of love is celebrated in so many ways, it is always exciting to see what new traditions are included or created year after year. Whether it is elaborate engagements, intimate dinners for two, spending time with family, or the most recent variation ‘Galentine’s Day’. Check out the amazing 50 Date ideas for this romantic occasion. It is a holiday we all can enjoy!

Real Bread Week – 18 to 26 February 2023 – Created and run by the Real Bread Campaign since 2010, #RealBreadWeek is the annual, international celebration of Real Bread and the people behind its rise. Each year, bakeries, baking schools, mills, schools, care homes, youth and other community groups around the world bake special loaves and run classes and other activities. Meanwhile countless people bake at home, some with their children other family members, colleagues or friends, and take to social media with photos of themselves with loaves they’ve baked or bought.

National Cherry Pie Day – 20th February 2023 – Observed annually on February 20th, it is National Cherry Pie Day.  This is a day for all cherry pie lovers to eat their favorite pie for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. According to the American Pie Council, pie came to America with the first English settlers.  The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but simply designed to hold the filling during baking.  It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn”.

Pancake Cake/ Shrove Tuesday – 21st February 2023 – Every year, the city of London turns into a pancake haven, with restaurants and homes cooking up delightful variations of the highly addictive batter cakes and crêpes. However, given that this day changes date every year according to Easter, it can be hard to remember when it is, and why exactly we celebrate it.

Fairtrade Fortnight – 27 February to 12 March 2023 – Choosing Fairtrade now can help save the future of our favourite foods. During Fairtrade Fortnight, hundreds of individuals, companies and groups across Ireland come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

Cornish Pasty Week – 27th February – March 5th 2023 – Cornish Pasty Week returns this year with a brand new initiative raising funds to help alleviate food poverty. Anyone making or selling genuine Cornish pasties is invited to participate by agreeing to donate either a specific amount of money from every Cornish pasty sold during the week, or a fixed lump sum of their choice, to Devon and Cornwall Food Action, a local charity helping to combat food poverty.  

The minimum donation is 1p per Cornish pasty sold.

Source: National Day Sustain Web Merlow Farming Group Yahoo FairTrade Cornish Pasty Association

GRAB A CUPPA IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH…

Researchers have found that people who drank two to three cups of coffee, or three to five cups of tea a day, or a combination of four to six cups of coffee and team had the lowest risk of stroke or dementia.

Exceeding 300-400mg of caffeine is not advised. It is the bioactive components in the drinks that reduce cell damage.

Source: Vitality Health