The apple that never browns 

The Arctic was conceived by Carter’s company, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, which he runs with his wife, Louisa, and four other full-time employees, newly under the umbrella of a large biotech company that bought it this year. It’s an intended solution to what Carter sees as two interrelated problems: First, millions of pounds of perfectly good apples get dumped every year because they look a little too bruised or brown, the victims of an instinctive human aversion to fruits and vegetables that aren’t smooth, shiny, and symmetrical. And at the same time, North American consumers, accustomed to 100-calorie packs and grab-and-go everything, have developed an impatience for food that can’t be quickly eaten. “An apple’s not convenient enough,” Carter, 58, with reddish hair graying at the temples, told me. “That’s the truth. The whole apple is too much of a commitment in today’s world.”

Source: Say Hello To The Apple That Never Browns – BuzzFeed Collections – Medium

Problem statement: People chuck a bunch of apples because they’re browning.

Solution: $5 million of genetic engineering.

This reads like, I don’t know, dystopic sci-fi? “A whole apple is too much of a commitment in today’s world”? How do you say something like that with a straight face?




No help from Jesus

Jesus, you were really of no help here:

“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

via Matthew 15 NIV – That Which Defiles – Then some – Bible Gateway.

Happiness is bread

Vacation days have provided a pinch of time for bread baking (as well as the start of a new sour dough).


Memorable Meals To Eat In Your Lifetime (The Less BS version)

So, some website has conjured up forty meals to eat in a lifetime. A worthy list to have perhaps,  too bad it contains mostly bland looking and horrible food. See for yourself:

Memorable Meals To Eat In Your Lifetime – Business Insider.

Instead I propose an alternate list (mostly veg and I realize somewhat tilted towards subcontinental food…)  from my own meager experience (in no particular order except for my recollection):

  1. Bhetki Paturi in Kolkata
  2. Chao Mian (from hand pulled noodles of course) at a street side stall anywhere in wheat-eating parts of China
  3. Poulet aux prune tagine with cous-cous in Morocco (for me at a homestay in Moulay Idriss)
  4. Tapas (with Jerez) at a local bar in Seville
  5. Pickled aubegine. börek and other tasty snacks and meze in Istanbul
  6. Mr Falafel in Bruxelles, Belgium (Tel Aviv,pff)
  7. Heavy creamy daal makhani with paratha in Shahjahanabad
  8. Spicy laksa in Kuala Lumpur
  9. Appam and avial in Kerala
  10. Fried Momo with tangy,spicy tomato chutney in Kathmandu
  11. Gelato in Italy (ok, BI we can agree to agree on this)
  12. Arroz e feijão in Brazil, so simple yet so tasty
  13. Phuchka (preferred), golgappa or pani puri on any street around India (but ideally in Kolkata (preferred), Mumbai or Delhi)
  14. Rye bread (Swedish-style) with a slice of good cheese (manchego say, or something a bit stronger) and maybe a few strands of bell pepper
  15. Hongshao qiezi (because aubegine is about the best thing ever)
  16. Afghani bourani baingan with huge slightly leavened naan (because yes, aubegine is still the best thing ever)
  17. A full British fry up – because fat, stodge and dubious meat is what made the world go round for centuries (you can have it once, your heart will survive)
  18. Kashmiri rajma with a click ghee and rice
  19. Rice, mustard oil and gongura pickle in Andhra, India
  20. A selection of good cheese (from some local cheese shop) and wine in France
  21. Any spiced up version of a shashlik kebab from a street food corner from anywhere between Morocco and China (basically anywhere there is a sizeable muslim population with access to good spices)
  22. Tapas and wine at Garum 2.1 in Cordoba

Upon reading this I realize the list really needs to be added on to as far as African (south of Sahara) and South Amercian food goes…

Oh, and Eastern Europe, I’ve visited you, but nothing you threw at me makes the list. Sorry about that.