Corn dogs, those delectable, golden-brown treats on sticks, evoke memories of fun-filled days at fairs and carnivals. Their origin story is deeply rooted in the colourful history of American street food. These crispy, savoury snacks have not only captured the hearts of fair-goers but have also found their way into the comfort of our homes. Let’s embark on a journey to explore the delightful history and irresistible appeal of the beloved corn dog.
The Birth of the Corn Dog:
The birth of the corn dog is credited to the creative mind of Neil Fletcher, who introduced the concept in the 1940s. Originally called the “Pronto Pup,” it made its debut at the Texas State Fair. Neil Fletcher’s stroke of genius involved coating a hot dog with a thick layer of cornmeal batter, which was then deep-fried to a perfect golden crispness. The marriage of the sweetness of the cornmeal with the savory flavor of the hot dog was an instant hit, captivating the taste buds of fair attendees across the nation.
Rise to Popularity:
The 1950s and 1960s witnessed the corn dog’s swift ascent to fame, as it became a staple at state fairs, amusement parks, and other outdoor events. Its convenient, portable nature made it a favourite among families and thrill-seekers alike, solidifying its place as an iconic carnival food. With its irresistible combination of flavours and the novelty of being served on a stick, the corn dog became synonymous with carefree days and joyous indulgence.
As the love for corn dogs grew, so did its variations. Creative cooks and chefs experimented with different batters, including variations with spices, herbs, and alternative flours, catering to diverse tastes and dietary preferences. Moreover, the accessibility of pre-made options in supermarkets made it a convenient option for families seeking a quick and enjoyable meal at home.
In the contemporary culinary landscape, the corn dog continues to thrive, evolving to accommodate various dietary preferences and culinary trends. With the rise of plant-based diets, vegan and vegetarian versions of the corn dog have emerged, ensuring that this beloved snack remains inclusive and accessible to all.
The corn dog’s journey from a humble fairground snack to a beloved household favourite is a testament to its timeless appeal and adaptability. It embodies the spirit of joy and togetherness, transcending its status as a mere carnival treat to become a cherished part of American culinary culture. Whether enjoyed at a bustling fair or in the comfort of one’s home, the corn dog is more than just a tasty snack on a stick — it’s a symbol of shared happiness and lasting memories.
Although going at a sedate pace due to the amount of work we have, we have been carrying out some of the preparatory work on turning our imported American fire truck, into a food truck.
On Board Power
The food truck was intended to be self sufficient, and as part of this it was intended to have on board power. There are a number of cabinets on the truck, but all were a bit tight for space to install a generator with a decent power output.
Eventually we happened on a Yanmar 25kva unit. At 3000rpm it would be a bit noisy so we were gonna need to put a bit of work into sound proofing, but with a minor alteration to the mounting feet, it slid in the rear compartment like it was made to measure.
We acquired a noise meter to get a baseline reading, and at 1 metre we were experiencing an average of 105dB. Ouch!
We added a layer of Tecsound, intended to act as a barrier and also prevent noise transmission through the steel canopy. Then added some 50mm thick noise block sheet, which was basically around 40mm of high density foam, then a layer of lead, then a 6mm layer of foam to decouple the panel from the wall. To avoid blocking the end panel air flow too much we used a thinner 35mm version.
The reading after this was an average of 85dB, which sound being a logarithmic scale actually means we have cut the perceived noise level to around a quarter of what it started. Good, but we ideally want it down by another 10dB, or half again.
Most of the apparent noise appears to be coming from a combination of the top box housing the exhaust silencer and underneath the truck. The air intake and exhaust are actually underneath so these are basically open vents into the box.
We have two more actions to try and solve this. First we are having baffled outlets made to cover both the inlet and outlet vents. A layer of soundproofing on the underneath of the cabinet floor would probably help as well.
Secondly we intend to box in the silencer with sound proofing.
Stay tuned for an update on where we get it too.
To try and keep the truck looking like a fire engine, rather then a funfair truck, we have piped the exhaust from the generator to one of the water pipe outlets on the unit, it probably needs a removable elbow and vertical pipe fitting for when it is in use, as that will also cut the noise down, but on the road it looks stock.
As far as we can tell in the UK, this will be the first fire truck food truck, well, American fire truck, I have seen a British Green Goddess in use to serve food, and a couple of typical Dennis type engines.
An oldie, but a goodie. Established over 128 years ago, and claiming to have served the first hamburger in the US. Sadly we can’t verify this, as like most other competing claims, the truth is lost in the mists of time, but given its age, Louis Lunch was certainly amongst the first.
Louis Lassen, born in Denmark as Ludvig Lassen in 1865 married Sophia Kurtz, a native of the US. Lassen was a Blacksmith and some time preacher, who ended up selling food from a street cart. Over time he began to add lunch items to his cart. Well, we say cart, but wagon was probably a better description.
Legend has it that one day in 1900, a local businessman dashed into the lunch wagon, exclaiming “Loui, I’m in a rush, stick a meatpuck between two planks and step on it.” Lassen placed a burger puck between two slices of bread and sent the man on his way. Allegedly the first burger was born
In 1917 Lassen took over a building that had been a tannery and remained there until 1975, being forced to make way for development and moving two blocks to 263 Crown Street in New Haven.
The business is today owned by the fourth generation of the family.
Today the menu consists of ‘The Burger’ which is made from a blend of five cuts of steak then broiled vertically. Accompanied by potato salad, chips and homemade pie. They also use a cheese spread rather than slices.
The patties are broiled on a cast iron vertical gas broiler made in 1898 by the Bridge and Beach Co. and they use a 1929 Savory Radiant Gas Toaster.
Louis’ Lunch ‘It’s My Way Or No Way’
Louis Lunch is famous (Infamous perhaps) for its dislike of ketchup,. In fact asking for ketchup on your burger results in you being ejected from the premises. A no ketchup sign hangs prominently in the restaurant, along with a caption popping up to read “Yale students who try to sneak in ketchup are asked to leave”. The venue is all about the burger, and allows nothing to upstage or detract from it, so no fancy buns or condiments, you get onions, tomato and a squirt of cheese.
In the realm of culinary delights, certain dishes capture our attention not only for their taste but also for their unique presentation. One such culinary marvel are the tornado fries. These spiralled wonders offer a delightful twist to the classic fries experience, combining crispiness with an eye-catching aesthetic that adds a dash of excitement to any dining adventure.
The Art of Creation:
Tornado fries, also known as twisted fries, are crafted through a meticulous process that involves spiral-cutting potatoes before they are deep-fried to achieve a perfect balance of crispy texture and softness within. The result is an intriguing visual appeal that resembles a whirlwind, making these fries an instant hit for both the palate and the eyes.
Diverse Flavor Journeys:
What truly sets these fries apart is their ability to accommodate a diverse range of flavours. From classic seasonings like salt and pepper to adventurous blends of herbs and spices, tornado fries offer an ideal canvas for culinary experimentation. Whether paired with a zesty dip, a creamy sauce, or even a savoury topping, the tornado fries never fail to deliver a whirlwind of flavours that leave taste buds craving more.
Beyond their delectable taste and visually appealing form, tornado fries offer a unique sensory experience that elevates any dining occasion. The distinct crunch as you bite into the spiral, followed by the burst of flavours dancing on your palate, creates a memorable sensation that lingers long after the last bite.
In the world of gastronomy, tornado fries stand out as a delightful fusion of art and taste. Their unique form, combined with their versatility in flavour, ensures they remain a favourite for food enthusiasts of all ages. So, the next time you seek an adventure for your taste buds, let the tornado fries whisk you away on a flavourful journey you won’t soon forget.
Imagine sipping a cool, refreshing concoction that encapsulates the spirit of a British summer. A drink that has stood the test of time, evoking nostalgia and a sense of conviviality. Welcome to the world of Pimm’s, the quintessentially English beverage that has enchanted generations with its unique blend of flavors and its rich history.
The story of Pimm’s dates back to the mid-19th century when James Pimm, a farmer’s son from Kent, London, set up a shellfish bar in the city. It was in this oyster house that Pimm began serving a secret blend of gin, quinine, and a proprietary mixture of herbs, creating what would eventually become known as Pimm’s No. 1 Cup. This original concoction was touted for its distinctive taste and its ability to aid digestion.
As word of Pimm’s elixir spread, its popularity surged, leading to the opening of more Pimm’s Oyster Houses across London. However, it wasn’t until 1859 that Pimm’s No. 1 was officially bottled and sold for retail consumption, marking the birth of an iconic brand that would soon become synonymous with British summer gatherings and social events.
The early 20th century witnessed the introduction of various Pimm’s ‘cups,’ each denoted by a number, including Pimm’s No. 2 (Scotch whisky-based), No. 3 (brandy-based), No. 4 (rum-based), and No. 5 (rye-based). However, it was Pimm’s No. 1 Cup that gained unparalleled fame and became the go-to beverage for garden parties, regattas, and Wimbledon, firmly establishing itself as a symbol of British leisure and sociability.
Pimms Cup Cocktail
Over the years, Pimm’s has evolved into a versatile drink, often served with a mix of lemonade, fresh fruit, cucumber, and mint, creating the beloved Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Its refreshing and aromatic taste has made it a staple in the British drinking culture, enjoyed not only during summer but also as a year-round favorite for those seeking a taste of tradition and a touch of English elegance.
Today, Pimm’s continues to hold its position as a beloved classic, transcending generations and cultures, with its distinctive blend of flavors and its ability to bring people together. Whether it’s a garden party, a picnic in the park, or a sophisticated social gathering, Pimm’s remains a symbol of conviviality, relaxation, and the joy of shared moments.
As we raise our glasses filled with the fruity, herb-infused nectar, let us raise a toast to James Pimm, the visionary behind this timeless British elixir that continues to capture hearts and palates, embodying the spirit of conviviality and the essence of British tradition.
Here’s to the enduring legacy of Pimm’s—a drink that has withstood the tides of time and continues to weave its magic into the fabric of British culture and beyond.
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Crafted with Care: Our expert chefs meticulously prepare each meal, ensuring that our fish is coated in the perfect light, crispy batter, while our chips are cooked to golden perfection. Every order promises the satisfying crunch and tenderness that make fish and chips a beloved classic worldwide.
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November 6th, when we celebrate that fabulous Mexican treat the Nacho with it’s very own national nachos day..
History has it that Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya was the first to create the nacho in 1943. Evidently he was the maitre d’ at the El Moderno restaurant in Piedras Negras. After the kitchen staff had left for the evening, a group of army wives from the nearby US military base at Fort Duncan came in looking for a snack.
Our quick thinking hero cut some tostadas into triangles and topped them with shredded cheese and jalapenos. They were a big hit receiving the name Nacho’s Specials.
Word quickly spread and they entered the culinary lexicon as ‘Nachos’.
So happy national nachos day.
In the realm of international culinary delights, there are certain dishes that capture the essence of a culture’s rich culinary heritage. One such tantalizing treat hails from the Netherlands and has been enchanting taste buds for generations – the delightful poffertjes. These tiny, fluffy, and delectable Dutch pancakes have won the hearts of people worldwide, leaving them craving for more. In this article, we delve into the fascinating world of poffertjes, exploring their history, preparation, and the experience of savoring these delectable bites.
A Brief History of Poffertjes:
Poffertjes, also known as Dutch mini pancakes, have a rich historical background that dates back to the 18th century in the Netherlands. Initially considered a festive treat prepared during religious celebrations and fairs, poffertjes were a specialty that showcased the artistry and culinary finesse of the Dutch. Over time, these delectable treats gained popularity across the country, transcending their festive origins to become a beloved street food and a staple in many Dutch households.
Preparation and Ingredients:
Traditionally, poffertjes are made from a batter composed of flour, yeast, eggs, sugar, and milk. The distinctive fluffiness of these mini pancakes is attributed to the use of yeast, which gives them their characteristic light and airy texture. The batter is poured into a special cast iron pan with several small, shallow indentations that give poffertjes their signature petite, round shape. Cooked to perfection, these golden-brown beauties are then served with a generous dusting of powdered sugar and a dollop of butter.
Serving and Enjoying Poffertjes:
The act of savoring poffertjes is not just about relishing their sweet, delicate flavor but also about embracing a cultural experience. Traditionally served with a pat of butter and a liberal sprinkle of powdered sugar, these bite-sized delights are often enjoyed as a comforting snack or a delightful dessert. Their irresistible aroma and melt-in-your-mouth texture make them a crowd favorite at street fairs, food markets, and family gatherings. To truly indulge in the authentic Dutch poffertjes experience, one can pair them with fresh strawberries, whipped cream, or a drizzle of rich chocolate sauce, elevating their taste to new heights of culinary ecstasy.
Poffertjes Beyond the Netherlands:
With globalization and the increasing popularity of international cuisine, poffertjes have found their way onto menus in various parts of the world. Numerous restaurants, cafes, and food trucks outside of the Netherlands now offer this Dutch delicacy, allowing people from different cultures to relish the unique and delightful flavors of poffertjes. This global appreciation speaks volumes about the universal appeal of these mini pancakes and their ability to transcend cultural boundaries.
In the realm of global gastronomy, poffertjes have rightfully carved a special place for themselves. Their rich history, unique preparation, and the joy they bring to those who taste them make them an integral part of Dutch culinary heritage. Whether enjoyed as a sweet treat on a chilly winter evening or as a delightful addition to a festive celebration, poffertjes continue to weave their magic, making every bite a moment to cherish. So, the next time you find yourself seeking an extraordinary culinary adventure, consider indulging in the irresistible charm of poffertjes – a tiny taste of the Netherlands that promises to leave a lasting impression on your palate and in your heart.
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Imagine walking down the bustling streets of a Spanish city, enticed by the aroma of cinnamon and sugar wafting through the air. Your eyes land on a humble cart adorned with rows of golden, crispy delights. This is the world of churros, a beloved Spanish treat that has enchanted taste buds around the globe. In this exploration of churros, we delve into the history, cultural significance, and irresistible flavors that make these fried delights a universal favorite.
A Historical Journey:
The origins of churros can be traced back to Spain, where shepherds created the first version of these delectable pastries. It is believed that the Spanish shepherds, with limited access to fresh ingredients, used simple dough and fried it to a crispy golden perfection, providing a portable and satisfying snack during their long days in the fields. Over time, churros became a popular street food in Spain, gaining fame for their simplicity, affordability, and irresistible taste.
The Art of Churro-Making:
Crafting the perfect churro is an art that requires skill, precision, and a deep understanding of the delicate balance of ingredients. Traditionally made from a choux pastry dough, churros are piped through a star-shaped nozzle into hot oil, creating their iconic ridged and elongated shape. After achieving a crispy, golden exterior, they are often rolled in a tantalizing mixture of cinnamon and sugar, adding an aromatic sweetness that perfectly complements the dough’s subtle richness.
A Global Sensation:
From the streets of Spain to the bustling food markets of Mexico and the United States, Spanish churros have transcended their cultural roots to become a beloved treat around the world. Whether enjoyed as a dessert, a snack, or even a breakfast item, churros have seamlessly integrated into various culinary traditions, adapting to local tastes and preferences. This adaptability has led to the creation of innovative variations, including filled churros, churro ice cream sandwiches, and churro waffles, further cementing their status as a timeless indulgence.
Churros in Modern Gastronomy:
In contemporary culinary circles, churros have experienced a renaissance, with renowned chefs and pastry artisans infusing their own creative twists into this traditional delicacy. From experimenting with unique dipping sauces to incorporating unconventional flavors such as matcha, dulce de leche, or even savory options like cheese, the modern churro has evolved into a canvas for culinary experimentation, offering a delightful surprise with every bite.
The Joy of Churros:
More than just a dessert, churros embody a sense of joy and nostalgia, evoking memories of joyful moments shared with loved ones. Whether enjoyed at a festive celebration, a local fair, or a cozy café, the simple pleasure of biting into a warm, freshly made churro resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds, transcending cultural boundaries and fostering a universal love for this delightful pastry.
Churros, with their humble origins and irresistible flavors, have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts worldwide. As we celebrate the joy they bring, let us savor the history and craftsmanship behind each delectable bite. From the streets of Spain to the corners of the world, the legacy of churros continues to thrive, symbolizing the enduring appeal of simple, timeless treats that have the power to connect us through shared experiences and the love of good food.