“Earl Grey, hot!”

It was on Star Trek that Captain Picard would speak to the replicator and say “Earl Grey, hot!” and get a cup of tea.

"Earl Grey, hot"

Science Fiction, yes, but according to The Verge, NASA are building a 3D food printer. Sounds like a replicator to me.

3D food printer

They’ve started with printing chocolate, but are going to move onto pizza. I suspect that tea is much easier!

Taking photographs of food

I really found this blog article on taking photographs of food and the importance of lighting interesting and useful.

Lighting is the most important element of photography. After all, photography means writing with light. Yes you can buy a super expensive professional camera and lots of expensive lenses, but if you do not know how to control the light, then these are useless. Hopefully these three tips will help you understand how to control the light and make great pictures.

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know I take a lot of photographs of my cooking, and I know that these could be better. Taking on board these tips I sure hope so.

Kitchen Myths

Well written and amusing article on Kitchen Myths.

We’ve all heard of urban legends, those plausible sounding but false stories that circulate so widely on email and news groups, such as the old lady who microwaved her cat or the Nieman-Marcus $250 cookie recipe. There are several web sites devoted to researching and exposing these fake stories. The same sort of thing happens in the world of food and cooking, although on a much smaller scale.

Bitter and twisted

Interesting article from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on chicory.

Chicory may be a bit of an acquired taste, says Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, but once you’re hooked, there’ll be no turning back 

Make your own margarine…

BBC News has an interesting article on the wartime diet.

Get a pint of milk and half a teaspoon of salt, put them in a pan and bring to the boil. Add three tablespoons of corn flour, mix to a paste and boil again until stiff.

Nella Last’s recipe for home-made margarine might not get people’s taste buds salivating these days but in 1943 it was considered “amazingly good”, according to her diary.

Would you believe Nella?