Texas-Size Final Four Food, Scientifically Accurate Planet Cakes and Is Coffee Flour the Next Big Thing?

by in News, April 4th, 2014

Jupiter Cake by CakecrumbsFinal Four Food, Texas-Size: NCAA basketball fans heading to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to watch the Final Four games probably expect to have their eyes glued to the court, but Legends Culinary Team, which provides the stadium’s food, is doing its best to distract them. Among the foods on offer: the Texas Triple Double Sandwich, which includes a burger and a fried chicken breast and bacon, as well as garden veggies, caramelized onions and aged cheddar. The Champion Chicken and Waffles Sandwich comes piled with onion rings, pepper jack cheese, bacon and pecan-maple mayo and is nestled between two waffles shaped like Texas. Way to hog the ball, guys. [ThePostGame]

Out of This World: Want to see what just might be the coolest cakes in the universe? Australian self-taught baker and cake decorator (and zoology grad) Rhiannon, who blogs at Cakecrumbs, has devised a set of spherical concentric layer cakes that fit together to accurately depict the planets Jupiter (pictured above) and Earth in their entirety, from the outside in. You can cut through the frosted outer atmosphere to reveal the crust, mantle and core. Try making yourself with these step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial. 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … [Cakecrumbs via Wait, Wow!]

What’s Living in Your Kitchen? Our homes are a refuge, but did you know that the average American home may have more microbes inside than outside it, and in fact may have more kinds of microbes living in it than Earth has species of birds? Researchers at the Wild Life of Our Homes project are hard at work mapping the microbial worlds that exist on our kitchen counters (and pillowcases and door frames) to discover what they can tell us. “It should be shocking to people that we live with thousands of species, some of which make us sick and some of which don’t,” biologist Rob Dunn told Popular Science. “We have no idea what determines which ones live in your house, and for the most part, we have no idea which ones are beneficial or detrimental.” Fascinating — and maybe a little gross. [Popular Science]

Coming Soon: Caffeinated Toast?: Made by drying and milling the coffee cherry pulp that is normally discarded in the coffee-bean-harvesting process, Coffee Flour, a new product invented by Starbucks veteran Dan Belliveau and backed by former Microsoft exec Nathan Myhrvold, can be used in baked goods, pasta — pretty much any recipe that calls for flour. Featuring “floral, citrus and roasted fruit-type notes” and packing a modest caffeinated punch, Coffee Flour is being positioned as environmentally friendly (normally the cherries are dumped in rivers) and good for small coffee farmers, bringing them another source of revenue. It’s already being served in several dishes at the Seattle restaurant Crush. “We’ve had a really positive reaction overall,” Crush head chef and co-owner Jason Wilson says in a video introducing Coffee Flour. “People are really intrigued.” [Seattle Times, GeekWire]

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