September 24, 2012

National Cherries Jubilee Day

"You can't serve up hearts like cherries jubilee." - Leonard Bailey

It's National Cherries Jubilee Day!

So grab a crown. And grab some cherries.

Our old French pal Auguste Escoffier - the very same Auguste who created peach melba for Dame Nellie Melba and pears Hélèns essentially inspired by Helen of Troy, created this now classic flambéed dessert made from cherries and liqueur (usually brandy or kirsch), served over vanilla ice cream for one of Queen Victoria's jubilee celebrations. Whether it was for her Golden Jubilee in 1887 or her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, though, is unclear.

Always imitated, never duplicated: this particular dessert has had several different spin-offs, including bananas flambéed in banana liqueur, pineapples flambéed in rum, strawberries flambéed in vodka, mangoes flambéed in tequila, and peaches flambéed in whiskey.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

I'm celebrating today the best way I know how... by drinking my holiday. Brandy you say? Cherries you say? Vanilla you say? TRIPLE CHECK, SON.

Don't tell me what I can't do how to celebrate my food holiday!

Happy National Cherries Jubilee Day!