June 5, 2012

National Gingerbread Day

"Run, run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" - The Gingerbread Man

It's National Gingerbread Day!

In summer?

In summer. I mean, I guess the holidays were six months ago, so maybe this was somebody's way of saying, "Hey, Christmas, I see you there at the end of the year. I'm looking forward to celebrating you again, so until then I'm going to enjoy a little gingerbread and sunshine." Considering how some of the other food holidays were born, it wouldn't surprise me if this was really the case!

Supposedly, gingerbread was first introduced to Europe around 992 by Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis after he relocated from Greece to France. He taught other religious men of the region how to make the spicy, sweet treat, and the unique flavor soon became very popular. Gingerbread "men" specifically, though, weren't created until the 16th century where it's believed that Queen Elizabeth I offered her guests cookies that looked like them.

Since it's (already) too hot to bake, I picked up a pre-made gingerbread muffin from my local all-natural foods store. Topped with some whipped cream and fresh raspberries? I could get used to this mid-year holiday-esque celebration!

Happy National Gingerbread Day!