Today is the one and only, official, World Pasta Day. And, no, that's not an internet invention. Today really IS World Pasta Day. And to commemorate it, the great and the good of the pasta-making world will be gathered to enjoy a riveting day based around the theme of "Pasta: the perfect choice for a tasty, healthy and sustainable diet".
Looking for hand-crafted, fresh egg tagliatelle? The perfect ragù recipe? Today is, probably, not for you, because today is all about the dried stuff, made with durum wheat, which Sicilians were eating as early as the twelfth century. Over in these parts, we love a good pasta. But we love Italian liquor even more. And so, in the spirit of Italian cuisine we're skipping straight to dessert with a Affogato cocktail.
Chaucer Died on this Day
Geoffrey Chaucer was crucial in establishing the legitimacy of vernacular Middle English, when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.
Widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, and most famously known for his Canterbury Tales, on this day in 1400 Chaucer became the first poet to be buried in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. Canterbury Tales differs from other literature of the period in terms of its naturalism, its varied characters and the variety of stories the pilgrims tell. Today we are toasting this great work with a Pilgrim cocktail.