- December 29 -

Pepper Pot Day

Pepper pot is a thick spicy soup first created on December 29, 1777. During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army experienced an exceptionally harsh winter in Valley Forge. The soldiers were low on food because the farmers in the area sold all their supplies to the British Army for cash...

Pepper Pot Day

Pepper pot is a thick spicy soup first created on December 29, 1777. During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army experienced an exceptionally harsh winter in Valley Forge. The soldiers were low on food because the farmers in the area sold all their supplies to the British Army for cash rather than the weak currency that the Continental soldiers could offer.

George Washington asked his army's chef to prepare a meal for the army, that would both warm them, and boost their moral. Christopher Ludwick, the baker general of the Continental Army, gathered whatever food he could find to feed the frail soldiers. The chef found scraps of tripe, small bits of meat and some peppercorn. He mixed this in with some other ingredients, and created Pepper Pot soup, also known as 'Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup”. The hot, and somewhat spicy soup, was well received by the troops. It was called 'the soup that won the war”.

To celebrate this historic dish, try making your own pepper pot soup today! It’s the perfect way to warm up on a chilly December day.

Guyana Pepperpot

Guyanese Pepperpot is an Amerindian derived dish popular in Guyana. It is traditionally served at Christmas and other special events; it is also Guyana's national dish.
Pepperpot is a stewed meat dish, strongly flavored with cinnamon, hot peppers, and Cassareep, a special sauce made from the Cassava root. Beef, pork, and mutton are the most popular meats used, though some have been known to use chicken. Pepperpot is popularly served with a dense Guyanese style home made or home style bread though like most food it can be eaten however one chooses; be it rice, roti, and homemade bread, though roti is not the popular norm.
This dish is usually reserved for special occasions because it is very time consuming, and mostly eaten during Christmas Day (like turkey in North America) or during the Christmas holiday season. Like the original Amerindian version. It is usually made in a large pot and can be reheated and eaten over several days because the Cassareep starts preserving the meat. Versions of the dish are also served in several other countries in the Caribbean, including Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and St. Vincent.
Source:
http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-pepper-pot-day
http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/December/pepperpotday.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guyana_Pepperpot

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

Tick Tock Day

You may also like...

Interesting events from Food category.

Beer Can Appreciation Day

Now here's a day that I can really get into! Actually, I can 'get into' the stuff inside even more. What this author really appreciates, is a beer can that is full and icy cold. Beer Can Appreciation Day celebrates that great day in 1935 when beer was first sold in cans. Okay, laugh if you...

Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

Are you the person who spills the milk? Are you the person who knocks the dish off the counter and breaks it? Well my accident-prone friends today is your day. On Kitchen Klutzes of America Day it's ok to be klutzey. Yep that's right! If you broke a dish today then be creative and crafty. Pick up...

Junk Food Day

To some people, every day is Junk Food Day. For the rest of us, Junk Food Day is an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favorite junk food. Sometimes, the idea of being healthy, preparing a balanced meal, and snacking on carrot sticks isn’t too appealing. Junk Food Day is all about satisfying...

World Pasta Day

This holiday was created by the World Pasta Congress on October 25th, 1995 in Rome, Italy. World Pasta Day promotes the health benefits and pure pleasure of eating pasta, in every shape and form. This day offers an opportunity to highlight the nutritional and culinary advantages of this...

Candy Day

History Humans have been eating candies and sweet confections for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits in honey, and the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals as early as 300 AD. Candy isn't just for kids, either. Americans...

Eat a Cranberry Day

Eat a Cranberry Day is celebrated on November 23rd of each year.It was created in order to promote the health benefits of cranberries. Since the early 21st century within the global functional food industry, there has been a rapidly growing recognition of cranberries for their consumer...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet