Tuesday, 22 December 2009
I've seen these "Tater Mits" on a few cookware websites. They're gloves which wash and peel your potatoes and other root veg, at the same time. This is due to the abrasive material on the palm side of the gloves. i find peelers can be fiddly and they take of too much flesh. A lot of the nutrients are also in the skin, which we tend to discard of. The Tater Mits leave just enough skin on to be nutritious but still removes the dirt on the potato. Obviously, if you want to get rid of all the skin, then just rub for longer. the only down side is you have to par boil the potatoes for a bit, and the skin should come off in 3 seconds. You can peel them straight away, and it'd take you 12 seconds...still not bad. The invention is Japanese, and has now become a big Teleshopping product. it may be kitch, and a little tacky, but it is a fresh look at how we handle and prepare vegetables. I like them and think they'd give a nice rough surface for roasted potatoes/parsnips so they're skins crisp up nicely. i'll defiantly be buying a pair pair for myself... not really for retail in any stores, but available to order online.
Monday, 7 December 2009
On the 5th of December, i held a food fight at Buckingham Palace. I called it the Cultural Food Fight, and the idea was to bring food from a cultural background of ones liking. We flash mobbed the area for a minuet, a minuet of messy madness. It went so well and was so much fun, i'm gonna hold another one early next year in another location. The theme will be the Cooperate Food Fight. Bring food from a large chain takeaway (McDonald's, Itsu, Pret, PFC, Starbucks... etc). Get into groups with people who have food from the same cooperation as yourself and fight!
watch this space....
till then, here is a video of the fight.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
I've been making a lot of jelly and been experimenting with suspending interesting ingredients in them. I paid a visit to a Japanese supermarket of Finchley Road where i found some really strange ingredients. I get my bento box out, and decided to make a medley of pretty jelly. I made lychee jelly, champagne jelly, Rum and ginger jelly, Melon Jelly and my favourite, Passion Fruit jelly. I then layered the jelly adding my found ingredients as i layered. Even though they wouldn't taste so good, i got some lovely patterns and beautiful pictures...(Still to be put up). In my blue lychee jelly, i put japanese mushrooms and silver balls, in my champagne jelly i put burst cardamon seeds, in my passion fruit jelly i put staranese and ginger, and finally in my melon jelly i put little fish and seaweed. Looks lovely, but i'm gonna work on making a jelly that's pretty and edible.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
I am starting to appreciate food that's served in edible crookery. It's fun and different. It also means an amalgamation of sauce is collected and absorbed in the edible crookery. My aunt made a bowl made of corn flour and layered re-fried beans, salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream and . I took the picture above when i was in india earlier this year, it's a fried potato basket with chopped potatoes, onions, tomatoes, chillies and chickpeas. It's covered in a yogurt sauce with some spices, and topped with crushed and crunchy chickpea noodles with coriander sprinkled on the top. It was lovely and al ot of fun to eat. It works well if your sharing as the bowl gets diminished as the contents lessens. It looks like it's pretty hard to make, but you have to have two identical deepfatfriyngstrainers... (that word so does not exist) which are really quite deep and round. not that hard... bread is equally good to use as is a lot of flat bread. I'm was looking at making a sculptured pie, but as it turns out pastry is really fragile and it'd probably drop to bits in the oven/kiln... i'm working on it though....
Friday, 6 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
I'm fascinated by charabebn bento boxes at the moment. Orginally they were made to get Japanesse kids eating their packed lunches by making it fun for them. Bento boxes aren't just pretty to look at, they also have to have a good balance of fresh vegetables, rice and meats. i don't believe it's playing with your food at all, just making your eating experience more enjoyable.
You even get some really cool accessories to help make your charaben boxes more interesting. Like these egg pochers (above) and this squeezy bottle for your sauce/vinegar.
Putting all this time and dedication into your food surely would mean a meal you are more likely to appreciate and enjoy.
i think we should all get on this idea. Make a charaben bento box for your hour lunch... make one for a friend, your gran, your boyfriend/girlfriend etc. the best thing is it's a temporary art, so you could design them depending on your mood, and there are so many possibilities out there!