31 January – Backward Day

  YAD DRAWKCAB  .yad doog a si sihT January 31st honours everything backward.  Backward Day is an opportunity to reverse our ways, our direction or simply our shirt. Dessert for breakfast, perhaps? There are many ways to celebrate this fun day, so just let your imagination be your guide. FUN FACT:  Leonardo da Vinci wrote backward.  Not only did the artist and inventor write from right to left, but he also wrote his letters backward. (Source: nationalcalendar.com)

30 January – Croissant Day

Croissant Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Croissant Day! Although it is most likely just a myth, the history of the croissant is a coluorful tale full of adventure. In 1683, the Turkish Empire laid siege on Vienna, Austria. The Turks made several attempts to enter the city by force, but were unsuccessful, so decided to dig an underground tunnel. The bakers of Vienna, who worked in the basement storerooms, heard the sound of digging and alerted the army. The bakers received high honours and thanks for their assistance in outwitting the Turks. In celebration, they baked their bread in ...

29 January – Corn Chip Day

Corn Chips Day - Elizabeth Place
  January 29th is a great day to enjoy a corn chip topped with salsa or a little cheese.  It is Corn Chip Day. Corn chips are a snack food made by frying or baking cornmeal into bite-sized pieces, sold in a bag and eaten either alone or with a dip. Though it’s origins are unclear, Corn Chip Day celebrates this popular snack and the many ways of enjoying it. The origin of corn chips dates back to 1932. The story goes that C.E. “Elmer” Doolin bought a bag of fried corn chips and enjoyed them so much he pawned his mother’s wedding ring (with ...

28 January – Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Bubble Wrap Appreciation - Elizabeth Place
  Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! In the late 1950s, an American engineer named Al Fielding and a Swiss inventor named Marc Chavannes created Bubble Wrap. They were actually trying to come up with a textured, plastic wallpaper, but soon realised that their product had huge potential as a packaging material. Fielding and Chavannes formed the Sealed Air Corporation and introduced Bubble Wrap to the public in January of 1960. Today, Sealed Air is a global Fortune 500 company and produces enough Bubble Wrap to stretch from the Earth to the Moon each ...

27 January – Chocolate Cake Day

Chocolate Cake Day - Elizabeth Place
  Today is Chocolate Cake Day! Cakes have a rich culinary history. An early form of cakes, called “plakous," originated in Greece. These cakes were heavy and flat, and people often served them with nuts and honey. The Romans made cakes that were more like a cheesecake or pastry, and these delicacies were often presented as offerings to the gods. In Medieval England, people used the words “bread” and cake” interchangeably to refer to anything made with flour dough. A company called O. Duff and Sons created the first boxed cake mix in the late ...

26 January – Peanut Brittle Day

Peanut Brittle Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Peanut Brittle Day! Brittle was one of the first types of sweets ever made. Many ancient cultures that had access to molasses, honey, or sugar, produced some form of it. The first peanut brittle recipe appeared in an American cookbook, but the exact origin of the confection is uncertain. According to one account, peanut brittle was a Celtic dessert. The Celts covered peanuts in sugar and baked them, and this eventually evolved into a caramel bark. Peanut brittle can be a little tricky to make. Most recipes call for a candy thermometer to ...

25 January – Irish Coffee Day

Irish Coffee Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Irish Coffee Day! Irish coffee is a delicious cocktail made with black coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream. Joe Sheridan, a bartender at Foynes Airbase in Ireland, invented the delicious cocktail in 1942. A group of passengers stopped at Sheridan's bar after a miserably cold eighteen-hour journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Joe brewed hot coffee, added a splash of whiskey, and offered the concoction to the travellers. According to legend, one of the passengers asked him, “Is this Brazilian coffee?” and Joe laughed and said, ...

24 January – Peanut Butter Day

Peanut Butter Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Peanut Butter Day! Peanut butter was invented by George Bayle, a St. Louis snack food maker, during the 1890s. For many years, peanut butter manufacturers struggled with the oil separating from the grainy solids of the peanut butter. In 1923 Heinz became the first company to homogenise the peanuts into the spreadable butter we know and love today. After perfecting the recipe, peanut butter soon became a classic food. Did you know that it takes 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter? Peanuts are cholesterol free and an excellent ...

23 January – Pie Day

Pie Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Pie Day! Pies have a long and illustrious history, but the sweet filled treats we enjoy today are a relatively recent innovation. The Greeks and Romans made some of the first pies in history. People filled pastry shells with different kinds of meat or seafood, flavoured them with a variety of spices, and served them as part of the sweet course of the meal. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that the first sweet pies emerged. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, bake your favourite pie recipe tonight in honour of Pie Day! (Source: punchbo...

22 January – Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

Answer Your Cat's Questions Day - Elizabeth Place
  It’s Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! Ever wondered why your feline companion acts a certain way or starts meowing at you for no apparent reason? Today is the day to unravel the mystery! Cats and humans have a long and illustrious history of cohabitation. Historians believe that cats were domesticated as early as 12 000 years ago, but we still don’t fully understand each other. To participate in Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, heighten your awareness of your cat’s needs and recognise when he or she is trying to ask you something. Enjoy!...