Future possible shortages of the sorts of foods we’re presently used to consuming may result in insects becoming part of our diet. A sobering thought, to say the least. Mind you, insect based dishes, prepared in a certain way, may look rather appetising.
But what of the taste? What might meals, made up of the bugs we more usually see in our gardens, be like on the palate? Louis Sorkin, of the American Museum of Natural History, offers his thoughts.
I have a thing with breakfast cereal boxes. Having said that, I don’t collect, or, for that matter, hoard them, even those that are full, but they have a certain significance that I may, or may not, say more about at a later time. Cryptic I know, but there you have it.
On the subject of breakfast cereal boxes though, if you had to, just for the sake of it, match an economist with a certain breakfast cereal box, such as “Special K” for instance, who might that be? If you think you can match one with the other, then the Marginal Revolution University is the place to be.
Cocoa use will top output by about 70,000 metric tons in the 12 months started Oct. 1 and deficits will persist through 2018, a six-year stretch that would be the longest since the data began in 1960, said Laurent Pipitone, head of statistics at the International Cocoa Organization in London. Prices may rally 15 percent to $3,200 a ton by the end of 2014, according to the median of 14 trader estimates in a Bloomberg News survey.
Yet from Scotland to Italy, Spain to Russia, and Tanzania to China, many traditional dishes still use blood. A few modern chefs have dared, in recent years, to whip up dishes like blood tarts with fig soaked in grappa and espresso, blood custard with rosemary topped with pickled pears, and blood-chocolate pudding with bing cherries.
Some honey produced in coastal regions of Turkey, along the Black Sea, can be possessed of a certain hallucinogenic quality, if honey bees are able to pollinate, and gather the nectar of, rhododendron flowers that grow in the area.
While adding a dollop of this so-called “mad honey” to drinks, such as tea I imagine, resulted in a buzz akin to consuming a couple of alcoholic beverages, when ingested in any reasonable quantity it can however induce nausea, blurred vision, and seizures, among other things.
Indeed, in 67 B.C. Roman soldiers invaded the Black Sea region under General Pompey’s command, and those loyal to the reigning King Mithridates secretly lined the Romans’ path with enticing chunks of mad honeycomb. The unwitting army ate these with gusto, as the story goes. Driven into an intoxicated stupor by the hallucinogenic honey, many of the flailing soldiers became easy prey, and were slain.
Interestingly, I saw a film called Bal, or Honey, a few years ago, that is set in pretty much the same part of Turkey, although I don’t believe hallucinogenic honey was featured.
I’m not sure exactly why I decided to post this, a recipe for ice cream bread, but the reasons are hardly inscrutable… one, the idea of ice cream bread is intriguing, two, it only requires two ingredients, three, it is the Simple Cooking Channel, and four, it’s Monday, this calls for some comfort food.
If you’re having to write a dissertation on the design of food cans, this resource should prove useful. The cylindrical shaped cans didn’t just come along, it seems quite some thought went into their conception.
Familiarity. The original cans may have been manufactured with an arbitrary aspect ratio, but now we’ve been programmed to search for items of this shape when we shop. A soup can of the wrong shape might not attract our attention (or bizarrely might be less attractive) to shoppers. Changing a can shape at this stage (without accompanying large budget media awareness campaigns) could have a negative impact on sales.