1928: The Birth of Sliced Bread, Missouri.

Sliced bread and its inventor, Otto Rohwedder, have both celebrated a birthday. Rohwedder was born on July 7, 1880, and the first sliced loaves were sold on July 7, 1928. Every invention that makes life easier is now deemed “the greatest thing since sliced bread,” (or if you live in Australia, ‘the greatest thing since […]

Tripe and Aussie Cooking in the 1950s.

by Michael Symons In Adelaide in the 1950s, my grandmother was our family cook, turning out such standards as shepherd’s pie, lamb chops, and apple pie and custard. She cooked tripe (see above) in white sauce as a treat. I liked it. You don’t see tripe (in this case, the lining from a beastie’s second […]

The Humble Yorkshire Pudding.

Now what would a Yorkshire Pudding blog be without a little bit of the history of the Yorkshire Pudding? The story begins hundreds of years ago and in true fairy tale fashion we begin with Once Upon a Time…Robust and lovely wheat flour began to come into common use for making cakes and puddings. Cooks […]

Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, Port Talbot.

The Baked Bean Museum of Excellence is a museum dedicated to baked beans, owned and operated by a bean-obsessed superhero called Captain Beany. And yes, it is as eccentric as it sounds. In order to understand the Baked Bean Museum of Excellence, you first have to understand Captain Beany. The man formerly known as Barry […]

Night Market in Yangon, Myanmar.

Night Market A view from above of a small night market tucked away in a hidden street of Yangon in Myanmar. The people are busy buying and selling all types of produce at a number of very colourful stalls. Image Credit: Photograph by Zay Yar Lin, All Rights Reserved, Yangon, Myanmar, Member since 2014. Source: […]

The Quebec City I Love.

Rue St. Louis – Photograph by Susan Seubert Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Travel When I was growing up, Quebec City was something of an also-ran compared to Montreal, its brasher, more idiosyncratic sibling and my hometown. My family would often drive the 150 miles up the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, […]

Breakfast around the World.

Breakfast in Nepal NEPAL – “This is a Nepalese milk tea accompanied by a hot pot of spicy chana gravy, which is mainly chickpeas with curry. It’s a typical Nepalese breakfast in Chautara, Sindhupalchok, one of the areas worst affected by the 25 April earthquake and its aftershocks. And it’s what I ate while I […]

Breakfast at the Weekly Market.

© Nguyen Huu Thong. All rights reserved. The American Experience – 15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest. Breakfast at the Weekly Market in northern Vietnam, people come to the weekly market to exchange goods and culture. They usually wake up very early to go to market and have breakfast here. This photo is the Grand Prize […]

The Best Way to Wash Your Fruit and Veggies.

Image Credit: iStock/courtneyk The produce aisle is one of the best places in a grocery store to ensure you’re stocking up on nutrient-rich foods that add fiber, increase satiety, and generally keep your body in working order. But as we’ve previously explained, those grocery store water nozzles are mainly for theatrics, and to add a […]