Thursday, March 01, 2012

Old School Thursday: No Beer in Iceland? Edition

Not only is today National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and National Fruit Compote Day, it’s also National Pig Day. And to that I say, that’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

A lot happened in food history today, all of which seems like it’s from the wrong era. Today in 1784, the first cooking school was opened in Great Britian, likely providing fodder for loads of “British cooking” jokes. Or maybe it’s just that we make those jokes today? Did anyone joke about food quality in the 18th century?

But that’s not the stuff that’s so notably out of whack with it’s time.

Fast-forward almost two centuries to 1970, when U.S. commercial whale hunting ended – but doesn’t it seem crazy that whale hunting and bell-bottoms existed in the U.S. at the same time? Even crazier, it was just in 1989 that a 75 year long Iceland ban on beer ended. Beer prohibition in 1989?

And on the other end of that spectrum, today in 1990, the Royal New Zealand Navy rum ration finally ended. New Zealand is a long way from Iceland in more ways than one, I guess.

So how to celebrate today? Maybe with some kind of crazy vintage recipe? Preferably with beer, especially if you’re Icelandic. Especially then.

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