JANUARY 12, 2018 | KISS A GINGER DAY | NATIONAL PHARMACIST DAY | NATIONAL MARZIPAN DAY | NATIONAL CURRIED CHICKEN DAY
KISS A GINGER DAY
On January 12, everyone is encouraged to find your favorite redhead and give them a peck on Kiss a Ginger Day.
Created to support a more positive spin than its counterpart, Kiss a Ginger Day brings sweet kisses to redheads who may have once been teased for the color of their hair.
Redhair gene is recessive and requires two copies for it to present itself. Even then there is no guarantee it will. If both parents have the gene, there is a 1 in 4 chance they will have a redheaded child. Most natural born redheads (yes, some of us like the bottle) have brown eyes, followed by green or hazel. Coming in at 1% of the world’s population, the blue-eyed ginger is the rarest kind. So if you give one of these ginger’s a kiss, consider yourself lucky.
HOW TO OBSERVE
It’s easy. Kiss a Ginger! Use #KissAGingerDay to share on social media.
Derek Forgie founded Kiss a Ginger Day in 2009 as an alternative positive celebration of redheads uniqueness as opposed to another day that could often accelerate into bullying. Follow him on Twitter @Kiss_A_Ginger or on Facebook at KissAGingerDay.
NATIONAL PHARMACIST DAY
National Pharmacist Day is observed annually on January 12. This day has been set aside to recognize and honor all pharmacists across the nation.
The role of pharmacists over the years has shifted from the classical “lick, stick and pour” dispensary role to being an integrated member of the health care team directly involved in patient care. After mastering biochemical mechanisms of action of drugs, physiology, and pathophysiology, pharmacists interpret and communicate their specialized knowledge to patients, physicians, and other healthcare providers.
Historically, the primary role of a pharmacist was to check and distribute drugs to doctors for a patient prescribed medication. In modern times, pharmacists advise patients and health care providers on the selection, dosages, interactions and the side effects of prescriptions, along with having the role as a learned intermediary between a prescriber and a patient. Monitoring the health and progress of patients, pharmacists can then ensure the safe and effective use of medication.
* World Pharmacist Day is observed annually on September 25.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalPharmacistDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the exact creator of National Pharmacist Day. However, it is indicated that it is likely a group of pharmaceutical groups are founders.
NATIONAL MARZIPAN DAY
Join millions of people across the nation on January 12 as they participate in the annual National Marzipan Day.
For anyone who does not know, Marzipan is a confection made primarily of sugar or honey and ground almonds, sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract. Although it is often made into sweets such as marzipan-filled chocolate and small imitations of fruits and vegetables, it is also commonly rolled into thin sheets and used as a glaze for icing cakes. Marzipan is also known to be shaped into small figures of animals, which in some countries is a favorite tradition on New Year’s Day.
To begin the production of marzipan, raw almonds are cleaned (by sieving, air elutriation and other electronic or mechanical devices) and then immersed in water with a temperature just below the boiling point for about five minutes. This process loosens the skin of the almonds, which is removed by passing them through rubber-covered rotating cylinders. The almonds are then cooked, coarsely chopped and ground (with up to 35% sugar) into almond flour.
Sugar and possibly a binding agent such as corn syrup or sorbitol are added to the almond flour mixture which has been roasted and cooled. It is then ready to be molded into any shape.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make some marzipan to share with family and friends. Use #NationalMarzipanDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Marzipan Day.
NATIONAL CURRIED CHICKEN DAY
Each year on January 12, curried chicken lovers enthusiastically celebrate National Curried Chicken Day.
When making a true curried chicken, don’t reach for the curry powder. Instead, chicken is stewed in a sauce made from clarified butter (known as ghee) onions, garlic and a variety of spices such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric. Other ingredients include chilies and tomatoes.
“Curries came into favor as an excellent way of using up cold meat.” Lizzie Collingham Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors
Curry powder made its way into recipes by way of Britain. Their long-time presence in India left a desire for the flavors of the East on the palates of many of the English. Curry powder and recipes with it existed as early as the 1700s but curried chicken and other curried meat recipes gained popularity during the British Raj beginning in 1858.
In parts of the United States, curried chicken is a popular dish known as Country Captain Chicken, a stewed chicken dish that has been flavored with curry powder.
The following clip, originating from the Hobson-Jobson Dictionary, is regarding Country Captain:
- “COUNTRY-CAPTAIN. This is in Bengal the name of a peculiar dry kind of curry, often served as a breakfast dish. We can only conjecture that it was a favourite dish at the table of the skippers of ‘country ships,’ who were themselves called ‘country captains,’ as in our first quotation. In Madras the term is applied to a spatchcock dressed with onions and curry stuff, which is probably the original form. [Riddell says: “Country-captain.—Cut a fowl in pieces; shred an onion small and fry it brown in butter; sprinkle the fowl with fine salt and curry powder and fry it brown; then put it into a stewpan with a pint of soup; stew it slowly down to a half and serve it with rice” (Ind. Dom. Econ. 176).]“
- 1792.—”But now, Sir, a Country Captain is not to be known from an ordinary man, or a Christian, by any certain mark whatever.” Madras Courier, April 26.
- c. 1825.—”The local name for their business was the ‘Country Trade,’ the ships were ‘Country Ships,’ and the masters of them ‘Country Captains.’ Some of my readers may recall a dish which was often placed before us when dining on board these vessels at Whampoa, viz. ‘Country Captain.’”—The Fankwae at Canton (1882), p. 33. (Wikipedia)
“Country Captain was served to United States 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt along with General George E. Patton in 1940 by Mrs. W.L. Bullard of Warm Springs, Georgia. Their strong liking of the dish brought it’s popularity to the Southern United States.”
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try one of these curried chicken recipes:
Curried Chicken Salad
Curried Chicken Thighs
Curried Chicken with Rice
Use #CurriedChickenDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to locate the origin of National Curried Chicken Day.
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