What’s happening when and where in the world of food: a calendar of special food days.
The 1st of February is St Brigid's Day. St Brigid is the patron saint of dairy in Ireland. Fresh butter would be churned, and some set on a window sill for her.
When's the last time you made a Baked Alaska -- or, have you ever? With Baked Alaska Day once again upon us, it may be time to give it a try.
Candlemas originally marked the day in the Bible when Mary went into the temple in Jerusalem to be purified with her newborn son. In France, crêpes are eaten after 8 pm in the evening.
Groundhog Day is the 2nd of February. If a groundhog sees its shadow on this day, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it does not, spring will be early.
Carrot Day at last, and there are so many ways to celebrate it! A bag of crunchy baby carrots for lunch, a side-salad of grated carrot and raisin salad!
The 3rd of February in Japan is Setsubun, a day marking the end of winter, and the start of spring. Roasted soybeans are thrown to chase away evil spirits and bring good luck.
The 4th of February is the birthday of the celebrity chef Alexis Soyer, born in 1810.
Who doesn't like stuffed mushrooms? Treat yourself, your family and / or friends to stuffed mushrooms today.
The 7th of February is a good day to blow up the myths about Fettuccine Alfredo. Its famous sauce is actually a by-product of cooking the pasta! Treat yourself to some today!
The 9th of February is a day for bagels, cream cheese and cured salmon slices.
Collop Monday is a day to use up any meat in the fridge, serving it in thick slices called "collops."
Plum Pudding Day is the 12th of February. Maybe the day is for those who didn't get any plum pudding at Christmas.
It was forbidden to eat eggs during the period of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday tomorrow. The last of the eggs would often be used up in Pancakes on this day, called Shrove Tuesday.
13th of February is Tortini Day. Tortini can range from a chocolate cake with an oozing centre, to a savoury egg dish which is like a small quiche. So you have lots of choice to celebrate today!
On the Ides of February Romans would visit their relatives' tombs, and leave gifts of flowers, wine, bread crumbs, or a sprinkle of salt.
Brose Day and later that day, Bannock Night, was a food-related tradition held in Scotland on the same day as Shrove Tuesday.
Ash Wednesday is the start of the fasting period known as Lent in the Christian Church yearly calendar. The day of Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance.
The 14th of February is that magic day, St Valentine's Day, when the price of everything on restaurant menus doubles.
The 15th of February is Burger Lover's Day -- and no one quite knows why.... Some people say that it was on this date in February in 1921 that White Castle opened its first hamburger restaurant in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
The 16th of February is Almond Day. This is approximately the time when almond trees start to blossom in California.
The Wakefield Festival of Rhubarb is an annual eight-day festival in Yorkshire, England held to start the arrival of the champagne rhubarb crop.
The 21st of February is Sticky Bun Day. Learn what makes sticky buns different from similar treats such as cinnamon buns and Chelsea buns.
It's incredible how many people just let Banana Bread Day whiz right on by, without knowing what day it was. Life has just gotten too crazy! Banana Bread is dead easy to make, and very forgiving. #BananaBreadDay
The 24th of February is Tortilla Chip Day. You can make your own if you have the time, or buy a bag. Don't forget the dips!
The 26th of February is the day to treat yourself to pistachios, and learn a little more about them. Many people already know that pistachios aren't naturally red, but why are they dyed at all?