Thursday, December 09, 2010

Old School Thursday: Really Cold Pastries Edition

Today is National Pastry Day, so you can start celebrating right away, with breakfast. I do like a nice pastry.

The rest of today is dominated by the inventors. Today in 1814, British inventor Joseph Bramah passed away. One of his inventions was the “beer engine” – a contraption of extremely specific use that allows beer to flow from keg to glass without the addition of artificial carbonation. Pretty sure it didn’t make him rich.

But you know who did get rich? Clarence Birdseye, who was born today in 1886. Birdseye is the father of modern frozen food and his name lives on, all over the frozen veg aisle.

Theoretically, celebration today should include pastries, frozen peas and flat beer. I just can’t, in good conscience, recommend that, though. Just eat some pastries and stop there.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the facts of the day! Just a comment - I don't think be beer is necessarily flat coming through a beer engine. Beer can make its own carbonation when those yeasts get going!

Kit Pollard said...

Thanks for sharing that link - all kinds of things I never new about how to get beer out of a barrel!


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