National Angel Food Cake Day
Angel food cake became popular in the United States in the 19th century. It is very light and fluffy. Because of this, it is named Angel cake because it is said to be “food for the angels.” Angel food cake needs the egg whites to be whipped until they are stiff, and carefully folded into the other ingredients. For this method of “leavening” to work well, it is helpful to have flour that has been made of softer wheat. This causes angel food cake to have a very light texture and taste. Angel food cake should be cut with a serrated knife, as a solid blade tends to compress the cake rather than cut it.
National Handbag Day
The earliest records about the use of handbags that is documented are provided by 14thcentury hieroglyphics. In the society of Ancient Egypt, it was totally common and normal for men to carry around purse-like pouches they could tie around their waists to carry different items. Hermes introduced the first handbag with a zipper in 1923. Before this time the type of bags that were in vogue were drawstring bags and it was a common accessory used to carry coins, and at the same time, wealthy women wore them simply as accessories to events like balls. Gucci began using its cane bags handles in the 1940’s, during WWII, because leather was scarce. In 2010, Guinness Book of Records awarded Mouawad for creating the most valuable handbag in the world. The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is valued at $3.8 million.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Tanya Tucker – Country Music Singer – born in Seminole, Texas
Brett Favre – Pro Football Player – born in Gulfport, Mississippi