Will edible water vessels help eliminate plastic water bottle waste?

Monday, 1 May, 2017

While some people baulk at the prospect of buying bottled water, sales thereof are causing all sorts of problems for Coca-Cola’s Australian operations.

Last week the soft-drink manufacturer issued a profit downgrade, and cited increased sales of bottled water among competitors as one of the factors.

Soft drink consumption has waned in recent years, as consumers have turned towards beverages they feel are healthier, or in the case of drinks like Coke, appear to be sugar free.

Yet there are those who see no sense in buying water in a bottle, especially in places like Australia, where tap water is deemed safe to drink.

To them, buyers of bottled water are pouring perfectly good money down the drain. And then there is the issue of the waste plastic generated by this consumption.

But while people mightn’t be dissuaded from buying water in a bottle anytime soon, one company is hopeful it can eliminate some of the plastic bottle waste by-product, by selling water in sphere shaped vessels that are edible.

I don’t know if the idea will catch on, but I’ll say one thing for the edible containers, they look appealing. I hope they taste just as nice.

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Cedric Grolet, Rubik’s Cube like food styling, and more

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Food styling by Cedric Grolet

There’s food styling, then there’s food styling by Paris based pastry chef Cedric Grolet. How about this Lemon Rubik’s Cube, for instance? Let there be no doubt, I’ll have a bite of that.

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The Growroom, a spherical layered garden for places with no garden

Monday, 27 February, 2017

Garden sphere, by IKEA

The Growroom, designed by Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husumto, of Space 10, an idea lab that is part of Swedish design and furniture company IKEA, could allow people who only have small gardens to grow an abundance of vegetables.

The sphere shaped structure consists of five layers of plant boxes, which probably means a fair amount of produce can potentially be grown.

The Growroom can’t be bought in flat pack format, not yet at least, meaning you’ll have source the required materials and tools yourself, but plans can be downloaded here.

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Eating patterns, are they far tastier than food styling?

Friday, 21 October, 2016

Artwork by Paul White

There’s food styling, and food design, but I can see food patterns becoming just as popular. That’s the arranging of food and ingredients into pleasing on the eye arrangements.

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Food styling, and other photography, by Emma Pharaoh

Monday, 3 October, 2016

Photo by Emma Pharaoh

Emma Pharaoh is a London based food and product photographer. Question, should I not be drawn to food styling photography, that is part of what she does? Answer, no, and neither should you. More of her photography can be seen here.

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Sushi mosaics, food styling that makes sushi look too good to eat

Friday, 26 August, 2016

Sushi mosaic, photo by arichin1024

I predict that next big food styling trend to hit Instagram will be sushi mosaics. It stands to reason. Not only are they easy on the eye, they also look delicious.

And if you wish to try your hand at making mosaics out of sushi, this short, and upbeat video, will give you a few pointers to get started.

Photo by arichin1024.

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The cook, the writer, and the food photographer, Flora Shedden

Monday, 22 August, 2016

Photo by Flora Shedden

Nineteen year old Scottish art history student Flora Shedden has led an eventful life. According to the about page on her website, she has already worked as a gallery assistant, a researcher, a photographer, a costume seamstress, and also a waitress. Though not all at the same time. Presumably. Unless this was an instance of extreme slash careerism.

Photo by Flora Shedden

Now writing can be added to that list, even though Sheddon’s not entirely on unfamiliar ground here, she was once the editor of her primary school’s newspaper. As if that’s not enough, it’s also obvious she is a dab hand at photography as well. Something that becomes apparent after looking through her website and Instagram page.

Photo by Flora Shedden

It was the food photography that caught my eye though. Here her work varies a little from others in the same field, in that she often prepares the food in question herself. I only say that, because in the course of writing this post, I discovered she is also writing a cookbook. Taking photos as she goes. It won’t be long then, until she can add author to that list of occupations.

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Wedding cake design, an almost timeless craft

Friday, 19 August, 2016

It seems to me that wedding cake design is timeless, or wedding cake design of the last one hundred years, anyway. None of the styles seen here could be said to be inextricably bound to a particular time period, or would look otherwise out of place, whatever the year was. Except perhaps the 1986 and 2016 designs.

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Now you can cook up toast with customised messages and patterns

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016

Every now and again I’ll think I can discern a shape, or pattern, in a slice of bread that’s just popped out of the toaster. It can be a little like looking at clouds, and seeing the outlines of animals, or countries, drifting across the sky.

When it comes making out patterns in cooked toast though, there’s no need to leave it to the imagination anymore. Toasteroid is an in-development app, that will allow toast makers to cook individual, personalised, shapes, patterns, and even messages, into their toast each morning.

All you’ll need is a Bluetooth enabled smartphone, the app, and a Toasteroid toaster. If you want toast that really makes a statement, find out more here.

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There’s no airline food like old school airline food

Tuesday, 9 August, 2016

There’s very likely a reason latter day air travellers don’t like airline food, that’s because they don’t cook it, or for that matter, serve it, the way they used to. Check out these photos on the Flickr page of SAS Museet, or museum of Scandinavian Airlines, of the way things used to be.

Could you even imagine having a meal served this way on a regular commercial flight? No, I doubt it’s a sight we’ll see again.

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