Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Mad Hatter Pasta Party Update!

Did you know that today, October 6th, is Mad Hatter Day? I've been aware of this celebrated date for a few years now. Actually, I've wanted to post about it for about as long. Fact is, sometimes I feel like I live in a Mad Hatter kinda world:) I would imagine we all do every once in a while.

Mad Hatter Day is a holiday in October. It fills the need for a second crazy day in the year, almost exactly half a year from April Fools' Day. The real spirit of Mad Hatter Day is turnabout: The nonsense we usually have to pretend is sane can be called madness for one day in the year; the superficially crazy things that really make sense can be called sane on Mad Hatter Day. (resource)

For example, just the other day I was startled by Marion as I was sprawled out on the living room floor. Frankly, I can certainly understand her apprehension when she saw me with my ear to the floor, (so she thought:) It must have looked like that tell tale commercial where the woman squeals I've fallen and I can't get up" No laughing matter mind you. However, I had not fallen, nor was I doing a commercial. I was soaking my ear in cider vinegar. Yes, you read that correctly. I got bit by a mosquito and the itch on my ear was impossible to really get to so I decided to soak my ear in cider vinegar while I was doing my morning stretches. The vinegar was in a rather shallow bowl:) Marion "caught" me mid stream. It sure was a Mad Hatter sort of morning for her, I suppose:) (I realize a picture right about now sure would have been "touching.")

Mad Hatter Day celebrates the Mad Hatter, from Alice In Wonderful. The original picture of the Mad Hatter by John Tenniel in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (more commonly known as Alice In Wonderland , by Lewis Caroll) always depicts him wearing a hat, bearing the note "In This Style 10/6". Although we know this is really an order from the time the picture was drawn to mean a hat in that style cost 10 Shillings and Sixpence, we take this as inspiration to act in the style of the Mad Hatter on 10/6 (In the UK this would point to the tenth of June, but as the day was founded in America it is the 6th of October).Capturing Magic

Unlike April Fools' Day, a pranksters dream come true sort of a day, Mad Hatter Day is more about topsy turvy or "In the Style of the Mad Hatter."

Mad Hatter Day began in Boulder, Colorado, in 1986, among some computer folk who had nothing better to do. It was immediately recognized as valuable because they caused less damage than if they'd been doing their jobs. It was announced that first year on computer networks. In 1987 it gained minor local recognition. In 1988, it was first recognized as an official holiday by an area business, and also received its first national press coverage by news services...

We are not having a Mad Hatter Tea Party today. That would be too obvious don't you think? Instead, I thought I would share a rather quirky cookbook with you. We have guests too.

I've been trying to find out about little Alice from Alice in Wonderland and of course the White Rabbit too. The only thing I have been able to decipher is, they may be called Baps Dolls and made in Germany. Further research needed:)

Alice & The White Rabbit

I also have some Surprisingly Smart Party Advice from the Mad Hatter. It comes from a very good source.

"Etiquette matters. Ensure all guests received a proper invitation to the party."

I hereby formally and indubitably invite you to explore the Queen of Hearts Cookbook.

The Red Queen broke the silence by saying to the White Queen, "I invite you to Alice’s dinner-party this afternoon."

The White Queen smiled feebly, and said "And I invite you."

"I didn’t know I was to have a party at all," said Alice; "but if there is to be one, I think I ought to invite the guests." Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Chapter 9, Queen Alice

Pasta Party Update

The Pasta Party is really in a twirl. We have three delicious entries so far and more on the way. Just in case you missed the Pasta Party invite, you can find out all about it right here.

I've also secured a fabulous resource for the winners. I'll tell you more about that as we mosey along:) right now, I want to share one more recipe with you. You see, today is also National Noodle Day! Not to be confused with National Noodle Month which is celebrated in March:) I find this Ramen Noodle Fudge recipe fits in quite appropriately. After all, a noodle is a pasta toooooooo...This recipe comes from Ramen Noodle Recipes

Chocolate Ramen Fudge
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 package (3 ounces) Ramen noodles, any flavor, broken into bite size pieces*

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla
*discard seasoning packet
1. Line an 8 inch pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan.
2. Place chocolate chips in medium microwave bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Repeat, if necessary for 50-second intervals stirring after each, until completely melted. Mix in sweetened condensed milk, noodles, butter and vanilla.
3. Transfer mixture into prepared pan; spread evenly. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Remove from pan, peel off foil. Cut into squares.