Juice Boxes Made Out Of Actual Fruit – Camp Nectar and AGE Isobar Roll Out Best Ad Campaign Ever

Juice Boxes Made Out Of Actual Fruit - Camp Nectar and AGE Isobar Roll Out Best Ad Campaign EverAfter two years of tinkering and experimenting, juice company Camp Nectar and AGE Isobar revealed the real fruit “juice boxes” they’d teamed up to produce.  It’s real fruit shaped just like their juice box line.  How the hell were they able to produce lemons, guavas, passion fruit, papayas, apples, and oranges, each one of them box-shaped and with Camp’s logo grown right into their flesh? Continue reading

Glass Gem Corn – Yes, This Is Really Edible Corn

Glass Gem Corn - Yes, This Is Really Edible CornI could have told you that was made from Jelly Belly’s, or gemstones, or a rainbow, and you’d probably have believed me.  Well were it not for the whole title thing.  But it’s corn.  A rainbow of corn.  So Gary Schoen runs Seeds Trust which specializes in old, heirloom, and rare varietals.  Here’s what they have to saw about the colorful corn:

Seedsman Greg Schoen got the seed from Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee man, now in his 80′s, in Oklahoma.  He was Greg’s “corn-teacher”.   Greg was in the process of moving last year and wanted someone else to store and protect some of his seeds.  He left samples of several corn varieties, including glass gem.  I  grew out a small handful this past summer just to see.  The rest, as they say is history.  I got so excited, I posted a picture on Facebook.  We have never seen anything like this.  Unfortunately, we did not grow out enough to sell.  Look for a small amount for sale starting in August 2011.


I don’t know what it tastes like but how bad can it be lathered in butter and salt.   Mmmmm…indigestible rainbow…. Continue reading

British Asparagus Festival Cancelled – Due to Lack of Asparagus

British Asparagus Festival Cancelled - Due to Lack of Asparagus

Recent rain and flooding Northwest of London, has forced organisers of the annual British Asparagus Festival to cancel the event, for lack of asparagus.  Organizers said that, after an unusually warm March, the flooding that followed heavy rain and cool temperatures in April had left the seasonal vegetable “almost completely dormant”.  After the River Avon burst its banks, flood waters left the Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire (the event’s venue), under several inches of water.  And yes, the Asparamancer was due to be there.

Organizer Angela Tidmarsh said:

“We were expecting asparagus to be scarce due to the unseasonably good weather at the start of the year followed by the recent deluge.  However, this week’s flooding means that the asparagus crop is almost completely dormant.  What’s more, the venue for the festival has been under several inches of water when the River Avon burst its banks.  It’s ironic as the British Asparagus Festival was started as a way of helping the area recover after the severe floods of 2007.”

The British Asparagus Growers’ Association has reported the earliest recorded, but small, crop of the vegetable due to the hot March, but said that with cooler temperatures and rain, production had ostensibly come to a halt.

In a continued interview with Organizer Angela Tidmarsh, she said there were plans to continue celebrating asparagus throughout May and it was hoped the crop would be available for the asparagus auction at the Fleece, at Bretforton on May 27.   The “king of asparagus”, due to be crowned at this weekend’s festival, will instead receive their crown of asparagus spears at the auction.

More cool weather forecast means it could be another ten days to two weeks before asparagus reaches British shops in full volume.  Growers say this year’s harvest is likely to be short but particularly intense.  Plants that had been stunted would pick up pace when the weather improved.

There’s A Bug In My Frappuccino!! – Starbucks Pulls Bug Based Dye From Menu and Drink Items

There's A Bug In My Frappuccino!! - Starbucks Pulls Bug Based Die From Menu and Drink Items

Starbucks has announced it will no longer use cochineal extract in its Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino drinks and five other products, instead opting for a tomato-based ingredient called lycopene.  Cochineal extract is made from dried and crushed beetles.  GAH!  It’s in more stuff than you think.  If you’re a modern lady and you’re wearing some lipstick today, chances are you’ve got crushed beetles on your lips.  I personally love the Birthday Cake Pops at Starbucks – on the off chance that I go in.  Do they have crushed beetles?  Survey says?  Yes! Continue reading

This Is A City Carved From Potatoes – Spud City

This Is A City Carved From Potatoes - Spud CityBehold a cityscape carved out of 80 pounds of potatoes by artist Peter Root (he’s not kidding with the name, either.)  I had always thought this city was built on Rock and Roll.  Turns out this city was built out of starch.  Lots and lots of delicious starch.This Is A City Carved From Potatoes - Spud City

From The Sun:

Peter Root, 33, spent three weeks in Istanbul, Turkey, making homes, office blocks and places of worship from a staggering 176 pounds of spuds using a kitchen knife and bicycle repair kit.

Details include TV aerials, hundreds of windows on tower blocks and the crescent moon of Islam on mosques.

Brit Peter, from Guernsey, said of the artwork named Plot: “Plot was not modelled on Istanbul, rather influenced by various aspects of the city.

“That includes its sprawl and density, the beautiful, delicate and ornate architectural detail and the crumbling decay of certain areas.

“I chose potatoes because they are available in abundance and are amazing things to sculpt with.

“They can be chopped, carved, sliced, drawn into, balanced, dried.”

This Is A City Carved From Potatoes - Spud CityThis Is A City Carved From Potatoes - Spud CityCheck out more photos of Spud City over at Peter’s website.

- via Neatorama -

Flip Your Toaster On Its Side For A Lazy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I love a good grilled cheese sandwich.  Who doesn’t?  Not so interested in getting your pots and pans dirty and firing up the stove?  Try flipping your toaster on its side  and making an improvised grilled cheese.  While it’s not going to be the same as a great grilled cheese cooked the right way; in Paula Deen approved levels of butter.

Not all toasters and accomplish this feat and other get nervous just looking at it.  Do what makes you comfortable.  If you’re going to try it – there are a few things you might want to be aware of.

Some toasters shut off if they’re tipped over.  Great safety feature – bad for this purpose.  Other toasters have metal gates that come down on the toasted item to keep it in place.  These will mush the cheese and cause you a smoking sticky problems.  Don’t try it.  If you’re going ahead with this – please take these necessary precautions and pay attention to these important points.  Go forth with careful consideration.

  • CLEAN OUT YOUR TOASTER - Turn it upside down and make sure there’s not crumbs or big chunks of bread lurking.
  • DO A TEST RUN WITH BREAD - Check for any hot spots or weird toasting that might cause a problem.
  • WHEN YOUR TOAST IS DONE – YOUR TOASTER MAY FLING THEM ACROSS THE ROOM - Your toaster is designed to pop the toast up.  When it’s on the side it very well may fly across the kitchen.  Far.  Be careful.  Hot butter and cheese is like napalm.  My toaster is old and the spring is bad so it just clicks and releases gently.

The picture will convey better than I’ll ever be able to put into words exactly what you’re doing.  As an added note: if your toaster has the little “cages” inside which grip the toast as it’s lowered, you’ll need to wrap the sandwich in parchment paper or similar to keep from getting a melted gooey mess.