Posts Tagged ‘food’
The cronut – a croissant/doughnut hybrid – has been sending people in America absolutely mental, with people queuing ’round the block to snaffle one of these mini-heart attacks.
In New York, The Dominique Ansel Bakery trademarked the name and recipe, so copying them may prove difficult.
With that, Greggs have got in on the action, making their own version. However, they’ve called it the ’Greggsnut’, which doesn’t work as a pun at all.
A spokesperson said that this item is “the most exciting thing since the birth of the sausage roll”, adding: ”We are hoping the combination of a Greggs own layered pastry shaped into a doughnut captures the taste buds of London.”
The recipe has been two months in development and comes in two flavours – summer berry and crème, and caramel and pecan. The name, it seems, didn’t get nearly the same amount of attention. Either way, it won’t be nearly as exciting as the sausage rolls they do that come with egg and bacon inside them.
Someone has come up with chocolate beer spread and it has a name that is more fun to say than Emmanuel Frimpong. The new paste, called Birra Spalmabile, is available from Selfridges and it is recommend for use on toast or in cakes.
Spokesman Claudio Lorenzini said: “This is not the first time in Italy and in Europe that someone has tried to make a non-liquid beer, but the experiments carried out have not been successful because the combination of ingredients was not a winner.”
“We believe that we have found the right formula with the use of high-quality products.”
Apparently, this gunk tastes like “a sweet and beer-perfumed jelly with an intense scent and a full-bodied taste”.
If you can’t get your hands on it, you could always drink beer and eat chocolate bars at the same time and just keep saying “spalmabile” until you soil yourself and pass out.
No messing here. We all need to move to Belgium. Not only do they have really lovely beer, but they’ve also launched a new vending machine which produces hot chips, cooked in beef fat… and yours in in 90 seconds.
This miracle machine is situated outside a supermarket in Brussels and will charge you around £2.10, including a fork, salt and the choice of either ketchup or mayonnaise.
And here’s us messing about dealing with humans and waiting around for our portions.
BreakTime Solutions, the organisation behind the project, are going to monitor the success of the dispenser before deciding whether to launch it in other countries. Which it better. Or we should eliminate Belgium in its entirety.
Company spokesperson Tuline Bey told La Dernière Heure: “The device was tested in India and Romania. At a later stage, we plan to offer machines with two deep fryers that would enable us to cook croquettes such as nuggets.”
The opening of the La Pizzeria Ristorante pop-up kicked off, claiming to take everyone back to the fashionable Northern Quarter’s ‘Little Italy’, however, it was all a PR stunt. Foodie arses, scallop bothering journos and wholly pointless meal bloggers were invited along to get a slice of pizza.
After sighing wistfully and nodding away in a bid to appear knowledgeable, it turned out they were munching Dr Oetker’s frozen pizzas.
Their handout read: “We hope you have enjoyed your visit to La Pizzeria Ristorante. All the pizzas you have eaten today are available in the freezer department of your local supermarket.”
According to MM, Peter Burling from Brazen PR (the people responsible for the stunt) said: ”We certainly didn’t lie, we just didn’t say it! And the branding is all over the place when you walk in, so it’s not hard to spot. It’s testament to how good the pizzas are that some people didn’t actually notice! No one left saying they didn’t have a good time, so that’s the main thing really.”
Over on Twitter, amongst the hoots of derision aimed at foodies, some griped. @GoodGobbleBlog wept: “I wouldn’t call it a success, essentially a lot of people are laughing at them now.”
Thom Hetherington of Northern Restaurant and Bar.co.uk said: “It appears Dr Oetker humiliated a whole swathe of N4 foodie hipsters last night. All those prostate exams, and he’s not even a real Doctor!”
Would you like ketchup on your stem cells? Yes, today, the world’s first test tube burger is being unveiled at a secret location in London – a meat patty grown in a lab from 20,000 teeny weeny strips of cow muscle on a petri dish. Mmmm, I’ll have two, please! (no gherkin, though, they’re for freaks).
The stem cells are grown in a nutrient rich broth, until they multiply 30 fold. Then they’re combined with a mouth-watering elastic collagen and attached to Velcro points in a petri dish, which encourages growth of the muscle tissue. (Drool!). The muscle is bulked up by electrical stimulation (a bit like a Slendertone machine) and the strands of meat are minced up with animal fat, also grown in a lab.
Today, the burger will be fried in a pan and eaten by 2 anonymous people. And if there’s any justice in the world, hopefully one of them is Giles Coren.
Amazingly, the single burger cost 250 grand to produce, which at the moment doesn’t exactly make it more of an economically viable option than the traditional method of slaughtering cows and mincing them up.
But its creator, Professor Mark Post, hopes that within 10 years, we could eliminate the need to eat animals at all by chowing down on in-vitro meat instead. At a conference last year, Prof Post said: ‘Meat demand is going to double in the next 40 years. Right now we are using 70% of all our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock. You can easily calculate that we need alternatives.’
Er, yeah. But this? How about a nice cauliflower cheese grill instead?
The world’s first test-tube burger will be served in London next week, with its meat made in a lab rather than some stupid shitting cow. The 5oz ‘Frankenburger’, which cost £250,000 to develop, is made from 3,000 tiny strips of meat grown from the stem cells of a cow.
Seeing as no animal died to produce it, the vegetarians will be able to get stuck in, right?
This burger was been created by Professor Mark Post and was funded by an anonymous businessman who will inevitably be the first to try the burger. Post said: “Right now, we are using 70 per cent of all our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock. You are going to need alternatives. If we don’t do anything meat will become a luxury food and will become very expensive.”
So how is it made? Well, once the stem cells are taken from the cow muscle, it is incubated in a nutrient broth until they multiply, creating tissue that apparently has a similar consistency of an undercooked egg. It is then bulked up in the lab, anchored to some Velcro and stretched. Then, it gets minced and formed into a patty.
Think that sounds a bit minging? The normal process is to kill an animal dead and then hack bits of its cadaver up.
It is thought that this could be on general sale within ten years and Professor Post added: “It comes down to the fact that animals are very inefficient at converting vegetable protein into animal protein. This helps drive up the cost of meat.”
Are you looking forward to the summer holidays (or enjoying them already if you are in Scotland or Northern Ireland)? If you’re a working parent you might be wondering how to juggle (and pay for) childcare. If you’re not a parent, you’re probably well-rested from your holiday taken when prices weren’t astronomical and looking forward to a leisurely drive to work without all the school run traffic.
But what if you are just about making ends meet? New research by foodbank charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare showed that 70% of parents whose children receive free school meals will be pushed into food poverty over the summer, without the state support they normally get to help feed their family. Even those not in receipt of free school meals may have been taking advantage of breakfast clubs, and many local authorities provide primary-age children with free healthy snacks whilst at school.
The research also showed that one in 5 people have experienced food poverty in the last 12 months- with latest figures estimating over 280,000 people will have used a food bank in 2012/13, an elevenfold increase since 2008/09. Recently Tesco opened food bank donation points at all its stores on 5 and 6 July, allowing the public to make food donations that would go to families needing a foodbank. Tesco added 30% to the amounts collected. The UK’s most generous store was in Liverpool, where total donations provided the equivalent of 21,000 meals.
Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare said: ”With more people turning to charities for food than at any other time in FareShare’s history, we know the summer holidays are going to be difficult for many…. these charities offer not only a meal but invaluable support to some of the poorest people in our society.”
Chris Mould, Chairman of the Trussell Trust said: “In the last three months alone Trussell Trust foodbanks have given three days’ emergency food to over 150,000 people in crisis and we know that the summer holidays can tip many low-income families over the edge.”
So are the summer holidays stretching gloriously before you, or will they be stretching your budget to breaking point? Did you budget for necessary things like food before you had kids, or have current economic circumstances got the better of you?
The killjoys at Nutella have decided to put the kibosh on World Nutella Day with a cease-and-desist letter. This is the same people who said the correct way to pronounce the product name was ‘new-telluh’, because the product is clearly filled with ‘newts’.
Ferroro SpA, the owners, ordered the closure, and the founder of the day said: ”Seven years after the first World Nutella Day in 2007, I never thought the idea of dedicating a day to come together for the love of a certain hazelnut spread would be embraced by so many people!”
Founder Sara Rosso continued: ”I’ve seen the event grow from a few hundred food bloggers posting recipes to thousands of people tweeting about it, pinning recipes on Pinterest, and posting their own contributions on Facebook!”
“There have been songs sung about it, short films created for it, poems written for it, recipes tested for it, and photos taken for it.”
“The cease-and-desist letter was a bit of a surprise and a disappointment, as over the years I’ve had contact and positive experiences with several employees of Ferrero SpA. and with their public relations and brand strategy consultants. I’ve always tried to collaborate and work together in the spirit and goodwill of a fan-run celebration of a spread I (to this day) still eat.”
“I have hope that this is not a goodbye to World Nutella Day forever, for the fans’ sake, and hopefully it will live on in one form or another in the future.”
This is truly our generation’s JFK moment.
Fancy a pizza? Well, forget your usual lard filled crust monstrosity, and chow down on THIS.
It’s the world’s first nutritionally balanced pizza and it’s apparently better for you than a salad. It also contains seaweed, but let’s not think about that for a moment. Instead, let’s focus on the fact that it’s got everything your body needs in the right amounts, and still resembles something you might want to cram down your throat after a busy day.
Created by the appropriately named nutritionist Professor Mike Lean of Glasgow University, the Eat Balanced pizza contains each of the 47 vitamins we all need for optimum health (whatever they are.) The salt in the base comes from Hebridean seaweed, and ground red pepper is added in the tomato sauce for extra Vitamin C, but there’s real mozzarella on top, and it actually looks quite nice. Maybe.
It retails at £3.50 – a bit pricier than your average Goodfellas slop – but what does it taste like? Well, at least Professor Lean is refreshingly honest.
‘You are not sitting on the seats of Sorrento eating it. It is a frozen pizza but it tastes, smells and looks as good as any other frozen pizza.’ He said.
We don’t know what the seats of Sorrento are, either, but hats off to Mike for trying to inject some health into our favourite junk food.
Now all he has to do is add a ring of mozzarella-stuffed hotdog around the side and call it ‘The Terminator.’
Our good friends over at Which! Have been surveying people again, and the news is not great. Far from the improving position politicians would have us believe, Which!’s latest Consumer Insight Tracker estimates that 1 in 5 of us, that’s 5 million people, are using borrowed money or savings to pay for food.
Although these are largely low-income households, with 45% of this group earning £21,000 or less (against the national average household income of £37,000), the most affected age group is the 30-49 year olds. Sixty-three percent of families unable to meet their food bill have children.
Which! executive director Richard Lloyd said:
“Our tracker shows that many households are stretched to their financial breaking point, with rising food prices one of the top worries for squeezed consumers. It’s simply shocking that so many people need to use savings or credit to pay for essentials like food.”
Part of the reason for the struggle is that income (and benefits) have failed to keep pace with inflation. Food prices have increased by an even greater sum; Which! Researchers calculate the average wekly food bill is now around £76, a 4% increase from last year. If you are facing a 1% pay rise, or a pay freeze, that extra cost has to be met from somewhere.
Of the people who have had to borrow or dip into savings just to eat:
82% were worried about food prices with 55% saying they would have to cut back food spending in the next few months
57% said they were struggling on their income with 32% borrowing from family and friends in April
With council cuts also starting to bite, some local authorities are turning to the voluntary sector to provide food for residents hit by cuts. Birmingham City Council’s Cllr John Cotton told the Guardian that the cuts were immoral and that councils were doing what they could to help people:
“It’s back to the 1930s. Here we are, mapping out foodbanks. It’s actually immoral, but we have to support people and help them.”
Overall, the number of people surveyed by Which! who describe themselves as ‘squeezed’ is up to 36%. That’s 9 million people.
A government spokesman said nine out of 10 working households would be better off as a result of last month’s changes to the tax and benefit system – with the average working household better off by more than £300 a year.
Guess the other 10% of workers and anyone not working can starve then.
SPREAD the word and drink a TOAST to Warburtons, which has beaten such international food giants as Heinz and Coca Cola to become the most popular brand in the UK. Yes, despite making a Toastie loaf that doesn’t even fit in the freaking toaster, the good old northern bakers lead the way, having sold a CRUMBELIEVEABLE (sorry) 521 million loaves last year.
Brand analysts Kantar Worldpanel have calculated that out of the 10 most popular brands of 2012, 6 of our favourites are British, including Kingsmill, Hovis and McVities. In fact, look closer at the list below, and you will also deduce that we live entirely on bread, crisps and biscuits.
Just out of the Top 20 was Mr Kipling, brandishing a French Fancy and vowing to kick Warburton’s doughy arse next time. So it seems that when it comes to our weekly shop, we’re more proudly British and set in our ways than a UKIP candidate doing a dodgy salute. Just don’t mention the fact that Cadbury’s is owned by Kraft and Walkers is owned by Pepsico…
Top 20 everyday products bought last year (in millions)
Birds Eye 237
Cadbury Dairy Milk 144
Silver Spoon 122.45
Aunt Bessie’s 117
Kit Kat 108.5
You can buy yoghurts to help your gut flora, and Flora to help your heart. But there’s no super food out there to help boost your morning wood – UNTIL NOW. Enter (oo-er) SEXCEREAL, a gender-formulated horny cereal to make your breakfast go with a bang.
Made in Canada, it pitches itself as a ‘big life functional food.’ Just don’t call it granola. It’s NOT GRANOLA (it is granola). According to the website, it’s a high fibre whole food, full of wonderful things to boost your libido. ‘It is not a novelty cereal invented for invention’s sake or for shock value’ says the hilariously badly written website. (Yeah, whatever.)
The man cereal has a list of ingredients that are not easy to find down the Asda, including bee pollen, Camu Camu and Maca. The lady cereal has less black magic in it – they seem to think we’ll hump the wall if we get a sniff of almonds, ginger and cranberries.
Does it work? Well, what do you think? The all Canadian testimonials are pretty ghastly. Creepy Bob from Saskatchewan says: ‘I love a cereal that goes all the way’. And it’s probably best to keep away from Brenda from Ottawa, who just says, possibly in a trembling voice: ‘It works.’
Invented by leather clad entrepreneur Peter Ehrlich in 2011 and marketed with the help of US version of Dragon’s Den, SEXCEREAL’s claims to boost sex lives are pretty dodgy, but hey, if regular bowel movements and Omega 3 float your boat, go for it.
It’s not available in the UK yet, but in the meantime, sticking your knob in a bowl of Alpen will probably have the same effect.
Good thing some bright spark decided to make a giant Jaffa Cake, called ‘The BIG One’. And you can buy them right now and chew your way to diabetes in half the time.
A McVitie’s spokesman said: “We have been experimenting and tweaking the Big One recipe for a number of years now. We needed to ensure the sensation of eating the larger Jaffa Cake is similar to the smaller Jaffa Cake so all of our more hardcore fans will enjoy it as much as new Jaffa fans.”
Get that, ‘hardcore fans’?
“We think that we have now got the perfect balance of orange, sponge and chocolate and think that this cake will create the same debate as the smaller version about which is the best way to eat it.”
Either way, it’ll cost you £7. It’d probably be more fun to try and recreate supersized versions of snacks yourself, rather than waiting for corporations to flog ‘em, just like those brilliant, toothless people on the PimpMySnack website.
Obviously, as a lady, if you say the word ‘half fat chocolate’ I’ll come barreling towards you in my Jimmy Choos and Special K red dress whimpering like a coiffured shihtzu. (No, I won’t). However, add the words ‘vodka jelly’ to it, and consider your leg HUMPED.
Chemists in America are using science wisely to create half fat chocolate that’s got the same ‘mouthfeel’ as full fat chocolate, and it’s got a secret delicious ingredient – BOOZE.
Here’s the science bit. The process starts with agar jelly, which is commonly used as a gelling agent. The jelly creates tiny sponges within the chocolate, which displace the fat without compromising the texture.
Normal chocolate gets its texture from an emulsion of suspended fat globules.(Mmmm, tasty!) Agar is small enough to mimic these fat globules, but the solution has to be slightly acidic.
So, you can use fruit juices to pad out the chocolate solids, or you can use 100% proof gut rot.
Chemist Dr Stefan Bon said: ‘You can stick to your fruit juice if you want, but you can also make a vodka-based chocolate bar, which is exciting – obviously not very healthy, but exciting.’
WE LOVE SCIENCE.
As millions of people reject organic broccoli for other broccoli that tastes the same but costs less, organic products are being left on the shelf like a plain girl called Joan at a school dance.
Unsurprisingly, sales of organic products are being affected by the recession, leading to a 1.5% fall from last year – which continues their slow fall from grace. (Sales were down by 3.7% the year before).
In their annual report, The Soil Association also blames supermarkets for not bigging up organic products enough. Despite Bumfords with straw hats and acoustic guitars accounting for 16% of all sales, it’s a far cry from those heady days of 2008, when we were wallowing in baths of beetroot juice and hemp flavoured sausages, and spending £2.1bn on organic products.
However things aren’t all doom and gloom for organic farmers. Specialist retailers and online businesses are going strong with Ocado increasing their organic produce by 6.4%. In news that will shock nobody, most of these sales are concentrated in London, amongst people called Sebastian who bake their own black olive and sumac rolls.
Back in the real world, it just goes to show that when our pockets are practically empty, most people don’t give a monkey’s – 10p pickled onion Space Raiders will do just fine, ta.