National Bouillabaisse Day
Facts on Bouillabaisse
- Bouillabaisse is a rich French fish stew, traditionally associated with the Provence region, especially Marseilles.
- Bouillabaisse contains various fish and shellfish, olive oil, garlic, onions, tomatoes, white wine, saffron and herbs.
- Bouillabaisse originally was a stew made by Marseille fishermen using the bony rock fish which they were unable to sell to restaurants or markets.
- As Marseille became more prosperous, restaurants and hotels began to serve bouillabaisse to upper class patrons and the recipe became more refined.
- The name bouillabaisse comes from the method of the preparation — the ingredients are not added all at once.
National Have a Bagel Day
Facts on Bagels
- Bagels are the only bread that are boiled before baked.
- Bagels come in many varieties from blueberry to the “everything” bagel, however, the most popular choice is plain, followed closely by sesame.
- Bagels have been used to symbolize the continuous cycle of life—without beginning and without end.
- That little hole in the center isn’t just for looks, it came in handy for early peddles and street vendors to thread multiple bagels onto a dowel, making transport.
- The first bagel bakeries were founded in New York City in the 1920s.