The year of 2012 is coming to a close and what a year it has been for this site.
Earlier this year, Science Fare merged with Kevin and Naveen’s ‘Why Cook’ blog and has since gone from strength to strength. My addition to the roster on the right means that were some intelligent person able to find a way to convert concentrated geekery into usable energy, this website would be able to power a small town.
So on that note, I give you the final Tidbits for 2012, with the hope that Science Fare will continue on this trajectory in 2013!
- Molecular Recipes shows us how to make ‘Peruvian inspired Filet Mignon with a Japanese twist.‘
- Jethro revs through another Modernist Cuisine delight – Hot Blood Pudding Custard.
- The Food Canon has boneless short rib beef cooked sous vide.
- Ideas in Food have hit on a novel usage for the ugly bits of puff pastry – Caramelised Pastry Puffs.
- Faux bois biscuits are the aim of Playing With Fire and Water
- With one in four now trying to avoid gluten, believing they have an allergy, an insightful piece has been published in the BMJ. With celebrities advocating gluten-free lifestyles, medical professionals warn that self-diagnosis may be a bad move and potentially covers up more serious ailments.
- With this being the popular season for the product, black truffle thieves have met unusual force in their quest to nab the €1,200/kg delicacy: French Paramilitary.
- Ambergris, the extremely expensive extract found in whale innards, has been artificially synthesised. Through the use of multiple enzymes extracted from clary sage, the scientists say that they have managed to get bacteria to synthesise Sclareol and amber odorants.
- An account of the life of a super-taster, whose tongue is insured for £1,000,000.
- Marc of No Recipes ponders the perfect boiled egg.
- A study has found that certain meals from popular TV chefs are less healthy than ready meals. With many people’s diets being influenced by recipes created by popular TV chefs, it’s rather worrying to see that meals randomly selected from the books of top TV chefs were not in compliance with all of the nutritional recommendations set out by the World Health Organisation.
- As 2012 draws to a close, the UK press has a field day over the rise of ‘gourmet junk food‘.
- New Year’s Resolutions usually involve some form of weight loss after the gluttony of Xmas. See the most widely searched for diets from the USA and the UK over the entire year of 2012.