Thursday, April 28, 2005

Big Biscuit and Baked Alaska

You know I like big foods; I blogged the Mammoth Cheese made for the 1893 World Expo (follow that link to see the last remaining piece of the Mammoth Cheese, on exhibit in Lanark, Canada). Then Melina turned me on to the Mammoth Cheese given to Thomas Jefferson in 1802 and the other large foods in the news at that time.

Readers have recently sent me two other links, proving that making big foods to prove a point (or not) continues into our very era:
  • Queensland chef bakes world's largest biscuit (April 2005).

    A Queensland chef has broken the record for baking the world's largest biscuit.

    The Anzac biscuit is 30 metres in length - beating the world biscuit record by more than five metres.

    The Anzac biscuit has a story. Read the story here and if you want to make some smaller ones for your very own self (when Passover is over of course) the recipe is here.

    ... a team of cooks used a 90 litre mixing bowl ... They finished baking it 21 hours later...

    The biscuit is expected to feed around 6,000 people ... It will be sold off for gold coin donations over the Anzac weekend.

  • Oil-drilling protesters bring dessert (April 22, 2005)

    About 100 people rally Friday on Capitol Hill with a 900-pound baked Alaska to protest possible oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    "This is not going to last very long, just like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, if you drill up there."

    A dozen people walked the baked Alaska, weighing about 900 pounds, from a freezer truck and placed it on display. They carried the massive dessert on two large sheets of plywood and a set of 2-by-4 lumber.

    Pointing to the Capitol dome, John Passacantando, executive director of Greenpeace USA, said, "Our congressmen, who take an oath to serve the people up in that House, are serving the oil companies. They're not serving us. And we're going to serve them baked Alaska."

    "Don't bake Alaska" with oil drilling, said Yola Carlough, director of social mission at Ben & Jerry's.

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At 6:35 PM, Blogger kenju said...

I should not admit it, but I think that if you put all the biscuits I have eaten in my life side by side, the resulting pile would be larger than that biscuit.


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