All posts filed under: Bite-Ology

Medieval Hemp Soup Recipes

I don’t know if you aware of it but hemp seeds in food are a pretty modern thing. I know that doesn’t fit the title of this post. But, yes they are! Only recently machinery was developed – the first sometime in the ’90s in Europe – that allows the non-laborious dehulling of hemp seeds. Hemp seeds have a very tough hull – not nice to eat (for a very nice overview of hemp economics and biology look at this recent book). This may be one of the reasons – besides that hemp was primarily for producing cloth, i.e. was harvested when the seeds weren’t ripe yet – that hemp used to be food for the poor. Thus, all traditional hemp recipes out there are really down-to-earth recipes. Don’t get me wrong. They ARE amazing!!! Despite being Medieval, they are even for modern standards pretty healthy… very healthy… Now here is the thing, you hardly find Medieval hemp soup recipes – besides Siemieniotka – on the English web. Thanks God, I speak German as well …

My personal top 5 of current GMO foods

Sometimes we write about a little bit more sciency stuff…  It is part of food, too. In particular, my mind was captured again by the world of science recently, cause I stumbled over some lists of common GMO foods. Basically, with certain crops, you cannot avoid buying GMO nowhere in the Western world anymore. This may not be bad, of course, after all genetic modification has been acclaimed for saving the papaya in Hawai. Others, like the squash, may do the harm to the environment that GMO foods were always feared for. A 2013 list by the Huffingtion Post, sums up the 7 most common GMO food out there (by the way, did the Huff Post copy-pasted that list from here ??!!). Other lists bring together the bizarre and freaky of that field (see also here) – long live Frankenstein! (human milk-producing cows – yuk!) Also, I like this list as it compiles the most beneficial GMO crops out there – so serious Science in the field can actually contribute to the well-being of mankind …

Edible six-pence rings to fight plastic waste

The plastic rings holding together a beer six-pence kill marine animals in very cruel ways (see for example these pictures). The craft beer brand Saltwater Brewery, targeting surfers, fishermen and ocean lovers, wanted to show that the madness can be stopped. Together  with the New York-based small agency We Believers, they developed edible six-pences made from wheat and barley, i.e. the stuff that is left over when brewing beer. A magnificent story (first reported in the net by the way here)!!! Very yummy!!! That of course reminds me a bit about my thoughts on edible spoons I wrote about recently, so I thought this break-through is also gonna shared on this blog! Cheerioh!!

Biotech Optimizes Ice Cream

Very brilliantly Scientists in a collaboration between Dundee and Edinburgh University figured out that when you add a protein into ice-cream, it doesn’t melt away so quickly – staying intact longer as well as preventing sticky fingers and stains. The protein can be naturally found in ‘Natto’ – a Japanese breakfirst (doesn’t look too appealing to me). Natto is a salty breakfirst, but you just add the protein anyway. So, besides staying in form, the protein also does the trick of making the ice cream a lot healthier of course (read more here). The Scientists hope that the optimized ice cream can be already brought to market in 3 years! So – another little bit of Science to brighten your daily life 😉

Vivace caviar is bancrupt

Some time ago I wrote about Vivace caviar, a company by a former professor of mine that tried to produce caviar in a fish-friendly way. They went bankrupt.  Apparently, the costs of the running production were too high per month, and the sales too low. And, of  course, they earned tons of criticism for their bankruptcy. For example, other sturgeon farmers found the production conditions of vivace faulty – apparently, one could taste that in the resulting caviar eggs (which indeed tasted different). Moreover, harvesting eggs several times from a sturgeon is not a complete novelity – such practices are common already in Russia. Professor Köhler’s patent for hardening the eggs after harvest added only a little bit of extra improvement to the process. Moreover, they were very ambitious – potentially too ambitious – they wanted to start production with 5 tons caviar per year, even though they sold at higher prices than the rest of the market… In any case, the story is a bit more complicated than that of course, so read it …

Luxurious, mass-produced or rather self-made

Eat your cuttlery! It is stylish, saves the planet, and you can make it yourself in any forms you wish. Edible spoons have gained attention outside of the world of cocktail partys as an Indian, Narayana Peesapaty, sees a possibility to reduce plastic waste in India by turning edible spoons into a commodity; currently, consumption of one-time-use plastic cuttlery is high and their substitution by edible spoons could pronouncedly decrease the total plastic consumption of this country. This is of course a very inspiring and yummy idea! In any case, edible spoons are nowadays everywhere (they are not copryright protectable) – here some examples:

A little Science bite: coffee is valuable

And precisely every bit of it is a treasure!! In fact many people believe that you cannot even awaken without coffee (see picture 83 on this list for example). However, at the moment it is common practice to only collect the beans and throw away the cherries – “a waste”, said Rudi Dieleman.  And, he founded a business based on everything you can make from these cherries. This includes: dietary fibers, pectin, antioxidants, cellulose and red colouring agent. They say so, it is only the start – here is their TedTalk!