Researchers have discovered the ingredient that makes the ideal chocolate texture and smoothness: limonene. It can be naturally found in the oil of citrus and accelerates the crystallization process and lowers the viscosity. It’s not cheap though; a 16 ounce bottle costs around $84!
A new study by the American Chemical Society has found that bananas (how they produce and store vitamin A) could help develop a cure to blindness. The study was conducted because of the rampant blindness in Africa and Southeast Asia among youth due to vitamin A deficiencies. Will you be adding more bananas to your diet now?
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I thought I would share my favorite cake recipe: coconut pound cake. It’s an airy cake that’s perfect for the summer and just the right amount of coconut flavor.
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons coconut extract
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 325° F. Grease and flour pan. In large mixing bowl, mix sugar and butter until very light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix until very light and lemon colored, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add coconut milk and coconut extract; mix well. Add flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on rack. Serve with some vanilla ice cream!
With finals fast approaching, we could all use a pick-me-up. This is a *healthier* take on chocolate chip cookies. And it’s also a skillet cookie, which means it’ll be very soft in the middle and since its in a skillet, you can tell yourself you’re just eating one cookie. Yay!
Since we have recently covered gluten in class, it was interesting to see it make headlines in the news, this time because presidential candidate Ted Cruz is vowing to get rid of gluten free meals in the military. He claims that gluten free meals are part of a “political correctness” campaign that the US is undergoing. Do you think that gluten free options should be available for people or that its a fad or something else entirely?
This is a Ted Talk from 2011 about Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche and their Chicago restaurant, Moto. This restaurant plays with new ways to cook and eat food. They use science to deconstruct ingredients to put a spin on meals; this has been branded “flavor-tripping.” However, the creators have a larger picture in mind; can their post-modern cuisine be used to help people who are starving? What do you think?