For those who live in cities, cramped quarters necessitate some creative maneuvering in the kitchen. Especially if you don’t have one. Over at gadget blog Gizmodo, one writer has taken it upon himself to test out, um, alternative means for cooking. The first experiment involved making a chicken dinner in a coffeepot (just the thought is hard to stomach), by poaching a chicken breast. To accompany, couscous, also prepared in heated water. The results are a bit surprising: “The coffee maker did a perfectly fine job of it. The chicken was moist and the texture was about right, and it is an incredibly easy way to make a meal. I could see this recipe being useful if you’re stuck in a hotel room somewhere—and just happen to have a raw chicken breast on you.” Yeah, and then having bird-flavored java in the morning. Mmmm.
For his next trick, the MacGyver Chef attempted to dishwasher-cook a fish fillet by steaming a piece of salmon wrapped in tinfoil (on the regular wash, not the pots and pans cycle). In two trials, one version came out overcooked with the other was far undercooked.
Interesting ideas…but we gather you’ll probably be sticking to your ramen noodles. [Gizmodo.com] Keep reading »
Well, this is novel. A fine wine purveyor is targeting gay men with a line of special wines. Spanish UO! Wines has three vino options: Antinoo, Oscura Lágrima, and Ánima Blanca. Antinoo is a red: “young and mature, fruity, elegant, smooth…Mediterranean.” Oscura Lágrima, another red, is described thusly: “They say that the best sex is tumultuous like a storm cloud, and we’re inclined to agree.” Ánima Blanca is a white: “It’s fresh on the palate, potent…like a low whisper floating at you from behind your neck at just the right time.” Steamy! Nothing sells wine like sex, one imagines. Every bottle label features a hot, ripped dude in various stages of bondage/undress. Kinky! But where’s the line of wines for the lesbian ladies, UO!? [Notcot] Keep reading »
Scientists recently found that snack foods and many whole grain breakfast cereals contain surprisingly large amounts of antioxidant substances called polyphenols, which are a large part of why fruits, veggies, and other foods have been called out for potentially reducing the risk of some diseases. Because breakfast cereals, pasta, crackers, and salty snacks account for 66 percent of whole grain intake in the the standard American’s diet, this is a good thing — at least you aren’t eating those Frosted Mini-Wheats for nothing! The study found popcorn to be a standout snack food, as it had the highest level of antioxidants in the study. Since the usual microwaved kind brings with it artificial butters and whatnot, find out how to make air-popped popcorn without any special contraptions after the jump. Keep reading »
Let me just start by saying this doesn’t make a lot of sense. But don’t shoot the messenger, OK? Dutch psychologists have discovered that looking at decadent desserts somehow works to deter women from eating badly. The study made 54 weight-conscious women look at pictures of either a flower or a slice of chocolate cake, and then offered the women either a slice of chocolate cake or an oatmeal cookie. Turns out, those who were shown the cake chose the healthier oatmeal cookie. The idea is that the photos might bring up feelings of guilt. Researcher Floor Kroese said, “Food temptations do not always trigger indulgence. It seems that seeing a food temptation reminded people of their goal to watch their weight and helped them act accordingly.” So, according to these Dutch researchers, hanging pictures of unhealthy food on your fridge might keep you from actually eating it. Wait, I can totally see why this works because my fridge is stocked with veggies and V8 juice right now and all I want to eat is delivery pizza and Sponge Bob popsicles. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Esquire.com recently posted a “personal catalog” of 30 “likes, dislikes, habits, and rules” about the way men eat. I haven’t thought much about it before, but looking at this list, I suddenly realize that men and women are practically opposites when it comes to mealtime. After the jump, 10 habits and rules for men from Esquire, plus our own personal catalog of 10 likes, dislikes, habits, and rules about the way women eat. Keep reading »
There are a ton of weird diets out there, but here’s one we’ve never seen before (although apparently it isn’t totally new): Forking. The principle is to eat only foods that can be eaten and prepared with a fork. You’re allowed to eat what you want during the day (within reason), but when it comes to dinner, it’s forks all the way. Want some onion in your spaghetti? Too bad. How about mustard on your sandwich? Out of luck. The idea is that you don’t exclude any foods, and you satisfy your hunger at breakfast and lunch, so you don’t feel deprived. There are, however, two levels of the diet: “Strict includes fork-only for the preparation of food, whereas Gentle allows you to use a knife to prepare your food but only your fork to eat it.” So does that mean you can have a hefty steak if you cut it up into little pieces before it goes on the plate? We think the only way you’d stay sane on this clearly bogus regime is to have a very sharp spork. [SoFeminine.co.uk] Keep reading »
Cupcakes and brains. Two great tastes that go great together! Just make sure that the zombies don’t get to them first. These tasty cranium delights are made of “red velvet raspberry cake with French vanilla cream cheese frosting and a chocolate brain” and were created by Pamela Frantz using these Bite Size Brains Candy Molds. We love. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
London ice cream parlor The Icecreamists has found a way to get customers hot and bothered while they chill out with sweet treats. When the shop opens in Selfridges, a London department store, this fall, they’ll be dishing out “The Sex Pistol,” a Viagra-like ice cream. It’s bright green and contains penis-pumping herbal supplements like ginkgo biloba, arginine, and guarana. There’s a shot of La Fee Absinthe in there, too. The price, nearly $20 per drink, is sure to you make your wallet shrink. When will they make a version for the ladies?[NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Admit it: When you go on a date with a cute guy, you don’t order a big, greasy quarter-pounder and a giant plate of fries, even if you really, really want to. A Canadian study has confirmed what we all know to be sad but true: Women eat smaller meals with fewer calories when dudes are around. Even chicks who chow down amidst both genders tend to go towards the lower end of the calorie scale. Basically, the more guys present, the fewer calories a woman consumes. Keep reading »
My mom always used to joke in the kitchen, “Never trust a skinny chef,” even though she’s a skinny chef herself. Her words always ring through my mind when I see thinso chefs on the Food Network, or super-slim food critics like Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef.” She is perhaps the most baffling—I see her eat plates full of food laden with fat (hellloooo butter!), and yet she always looks ridiculously slender. How does she do it? Keep reading »