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International Hot and Spicy Food Day

 

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Hot and spicy foods are stimulants. They stimulate the circulation and raise body temperature. If you eat spicy food in a hot climate, it actually cools your body down – it reduces the difference between your body temperature and the surrounding air and it makes you sweat, which cools the body when the perspiration evaporates. Spicy foods are also believed to stimulate the appetite by setting off the production of saliva and gastric juices, a nutritionally important effect for people in tropical areas where the high temperatures act to reduce the appetite. Chili peppers can help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and curbing your cravings for fatty and sugary foods.

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National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

 

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The first ice cream was made centuries ago, in Asia, from snow and fruit, and has evolved over time into this delicious confection that we can buy in the supermarket or at an ice cream shop. The earliest reference to ice cream given by the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1744. (Pennsylvania Mag. Hist. & Biogr. (1877) I. 126 )”Among the rarities..was some fine ice cream, which, with the strawberries and milk, eat most deliciously”. In 1776 the first ice cream parlor in the US was opened – in New York City. Commercial production was begun in North America in Baltimore, Maryland, 1851, by Mr. Jacob Fussell. In 1926 the first commercially-successful continuous process freezer was perfected. This allowed the ice cream industry to become a mass producer of its product.

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National Peach Melba Day

 

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Peach Melba is a dessert that was created in the 1890s by famous French chef Auguste Escoffier. He created this dessert for world renowned Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (hence the name). For the dessert Escoffier poached peaches, sliced them in half, added vanilla ice cream, and later, raspberry sauce. Initially it was created without the raspberry sauce and served with a beautiful swan ice sculpture – a nod to Dame Nellie’s appearance in the opera of Lohengrin.  It can be made with other fruits, other flavors of ice cream and sauces – the combinations are endless.

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National Curried Chicken Day

 

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Curried Chicken is a chicken dish that has been cooked with the primary ingredients of curry – coriander, cumin and turmeric, plus other ingredients. It is best served with hot rice and fresh naan bread.

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National Milk Day

 

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Did you know that milk doesn’t only come from cows? While it is true that 90% of the milk produced is cows’ milk, milk is also produced by goats. Camels’ milk is depended upon by some nomadic tribes – it doesn’t curdle and it is high in insulin, making it good for diabetics. Then we have soy milk, coconut milk and almond milk too – proof that  ”milk” doesn’t have to come from animals. Milk is comprised of 85-95% water – the rest is carbohydrates, vitamins, protein and fat.  If you drank the milk straight after a cow was milked, you would find it very hot – 97 degrees F!

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National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

 

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National Bittersweet Chocolate Day is today. Chocolate comes from the seed of the cacao plant, which in itself is bitter. It has to be fermented in order to let the flavor develop. Many people think that chocolate contains a tremendous amount of caffeine. The truth is that a regular bar of dark chocolate has about 5 -10 mg of caffeine, whereas a cup of coffee has 90-100mg of caffeine! Chocolate is a great energy source – one chocolate chip can give enough energy for someone to walk 150 feet. Chocolate was primarily enjoyed as a beverage until 1847, when a British company introduced “eating” chocolate. Thirty years later, in Switzerland, milk was added to chocolate for the first time, and milk chocolate was born.

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National Apricot Day

 

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Today is National Apricot Day. Apricots are in season in North America from May to August, but are available canned all year round. Apricots are small orange fruits that are smooth and sweet. The fruit is ready for eating if it is slightly soft to the touch. A hard apricot has not been ripened on the tree and will not have that perfect flavor. Choose an apricot that has a rich orange color. Add sliced apricots to your breakfast cereal, or slice on top of pancakes. Add them to a green leafy salad for a lovely burst of sweetness.

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