Chocolate Soufflé Day
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Ramos Chocolate Fizz cocktail
Happy National Chocolate Soufflé Day! Today is the day to indulge in one of the most decadent and elegant desserts known to man. Whether you're a seasoned soufflé connoisseur or a newbie to the game, there's no denying the allure of a perfectly risen, rich and chocolatey soufflé.
So what makes this dessert so special? First off, the soufflé is notoriously tricky to master. It requires a delicate balance of ingredients, precise timing, and just the right amount of oven heat to achieve that coveted airy rise. And if you're making a chocolate soufflé, you have the added challenge of incorporating chocolate into the mix without weighing down the batter.
But when you get it right, oh boy, is it worth it. A perfectly executed chocolate soufflé is like a symphony of flavour and texture. The outer layer is lightly crisp, giving way to a velvety smooth centre that oozes with molten chocolate goodness. It's like a warm hug for your taste buds.
The soufflé is believed to have originated in France in the early 18th century. It was first mentioned in a cookbook by Vincent La Chapelle, who was a chef to the Duke of Orleans. The soufflé quickly became popular in France, and by the end of the 18th century, it was a common dessert in French households.
The chocolate soufflé was not invented until the 19th century when chocolate became more widely available. The first chocolate soufflé recipe was published in a cookbook by Marie-Antoine Careme, who was a French chef and considered one of the greatest chefs of all time. He is credited with perfecting the soufflé and making it into the delicate and fluffy dessert we know today.
Here are some interesting facts about chocolate soufflé...
- The word "soufflé" comes from the French word "souffler," which means to blow or puff. The dessert gets its name because it puffs up when it is baked, thanks to the egg whites.
- The tallest soufflé on record was made in 2000 by chef Jean-Michel Diot. It was a cheese soufflé that measured over 52 inches tall!
- Chocolate soufflés are notoriously difficult to make because they require the perfect combination of ingredients and precise timing. If the eggs are not whipped enough or the oven temperature is too high, the soufflé will collapse.
- Some people believe that the chocolate soufflé was a favourite dessert of Julia Child, who was a famous chef and cookbook author. She even included a recipe for chocolate soufflé in her book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."
So, how do you celebrate National Chocolate Soufflé Day? Well, you could start by making your own soufflé at home. Sure, it might be intimidating, but the satisfaction of pulling off a perfectly risen dessert is well worth the effort.
But if you're not up for the challenge of making a soufflé from scratch, why not shake up a Ramos Chocolate Fizz Cocktail? It's a creamy, chocolatey, vanilla-fudge delight with a thick, foamy head that would give any chocolate soufflé a run for its money.
The last episode of MASH was broadcast this day
Viewing figures for the final episode of MASH broke the record that had been set by the Dallas Who Shot J. R? episode, making it the most watched TV broadcast in American history, a record it held for a remarkable 27 years.
The 256th episode, a 2½-hour long movie was entitled Goodbye, Farewell and Amen and was broadcast today in 1983 to 105.97 million viewers.
Martinis featured regularly in MASH and Hawkeye famously liked his dry: "I'd like a dry martini, Mr. Quoc, a very dry martini. A very dry, arid, barren, desiccated, veritable dustbowl of a martini. I want a martini that could be declared a disaster area." We're very happy to offer up a bone dry 7 to 1 ratio Dry Martini to MASH today, and also invite you to read to story of the evolution of the Dry Martini.
The day nylon was first produced
On this day in 1935, the invention of genius chemist Wallace Carothers, at the DuPont laboratory in Delaware, entered production. He had created a brand new fibre from coal, water and air. Nylon was not the first synthetic fabric to be created, but it rapidly became one of the most popular. Developed as an alternative to silk, it was used first in toothbrushes, then in stockings and, once the Second World War broke out, for parachutes, uniforms, bullet-proof vests and tyres.
Today, other synthetics have replaced nylon in most clothing, but it is still used in carpets, rope and, as a solid, in engineering applications. And Carrothers? A longterm depressive, he had carried cyanide around with him for years in case his sorrows became too much to bear. Only two years after his discovery, they did.
Nylon effectively killed the silk stocking. But the drink that bears its name is very much alive, and appropriately we are enjoying a Silk Stocking today.
The anniversary of the discovery of the Double Helix
With DNA now routinely used to identify absent fathers, solve cold cases and predict the occurrence of various diseases, and gene-based healing now considered a realistic technology, it's salutary to remember that the iconic Double Helix was only discovered this day in 1953.
Jim Watson and Francis Crick had been trying to work out how genetic information was stored since 1951, and, with some help from Rosamund Franklin, they finally cracked it on 28th February 1953 - and promptly burst into the local pub announcing that they had discovered "the secret of life". So, we are toasting Watson and Crick with a cocktail named for the secret of life, the DNA.
It's also the anniversary of Princess Mary's wedding
Princess Mary was the third child and only daughter of George V and Queen Mary. It was on this very day back in 1922 that she married Lord Lascelles. The wedding was, incidentally, the first royal occasion where Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the late Queen Mother) participated.
It's said that Mary's brother (Edward VII - who later eloped with Wallis Simpson) was against the wedding because he didn't want his sister to marry someone she didn't love. It's also been suggested that Lord Lascelles only proposed to Mary after a wager at his gentleman's club...though Mary's children always insisted their parents' marriage was a happy one.
While some people think that the Brandy Alexander was created for the royal wedding, we know as a fact that the Princess Mary cocktail definitely was. The drink was invented by Harry MacElhone back in 1922, as indeed was the Princess Mary's Pride, created by Harry Craddock to also mark the occasion.
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