Allow us to interrupt your mad Thanksgiving prep for a little stress relief. Watching eggs get destroyed in super slow-mo is seriously cathartic. Imagine for a moment that each egg is a personal problem, and KABLAM! So for the moment, forget that last minute dash to the grocery store, forget that your in-laws are arriving in 3 hours, forget that you have to start peeling potatoes, and just watch this. You'll feel better.
Meet Shimizu San, a Japanese restaurant owner who grows his own wheat and makes his own udon. Take a moment and watch his ode to udon — a simple and centered take on sustainable living and eating. And it looks delicious!
Panna is a brand new bi-monthly digital cooking magazine that comes to your iPad through a free app and it is, quite frankly, amazing. In my opinion, app-based cooking media has so far been clunky and too derivative of print media. Panna founder David Ellner, on the other hand, created a video-based cooking magazine that takes full advantage of up-to-the-minute technology to give the kind of hands-on instruction that's often needed to make a recipe truly useful. Read on for more on how Panna works and for why I think this magazine is so terrific.
For your Friday morning enjoyment: a brief look at coffee culture in America, starting with post-war instant coffee and moving through Starbucks and the beginning of a coffee vocabulary to today's coffee "refinement," the ritualization of coffee and the heightened awareness of terroir, roast, and method. (Note: video best enjoyed while drinking a cup of coffee, obviously.)
Do you feel pretty confident in your chopsticks skills? If so, you might be ready to try nagashi somen, a fun Japanese eating style that serves noodles not in a bowl or a plate, but racing by in a bamboo pipe full of flowing water. Get those chopsticks ready!
Like a lot of fall flavors, many pumpkin flavors aren't exactly made with real pumpkin. Pumpkin Spice Lattes use pumpkin syrup and some foods just rely on pumpkin pie spices to capture that distinctive autumnal flavor. But that wasn't good enough for the folks over at Captain Lawrence Brewery. Partnering with a local farm, they used farm-fresh pumpkins which they roasted and puréed for their pumpkin ale. Read on to watch the process!
I know what you're probably thinking. Why would you need an automatic popcorn-launcher when you can toss popcorn into your mouth perfectly well on your own? And to that I say: Why wouldn't you want a machine that uses the voice-activated command "Pop!" to shoot a piece of popcorn directly into your mouth? Still don't believe me? See it in action below.
We've shared a few tips before on how to best separate eggs, but this trick made us stop in our tracks. We can't understand a word of the video, but the visuals are so compelling that we don't need to. Prepare to be amazed:
It's Julia-mania today, on Julia Child's 100th birthday, and PBS got into the swing of things too with this video remix of Julia, autotuned and set to a beat, telling us how it is in the kitchen. It doesn't beat my favorite video performance from Julia (that amazing occasion with the blowtorch and David Letterman) but it's charming and rather sweet to see her break out in song.
Last week we shared Master Bladesmith Bob Kramer's helpful advice on how to tell if your knife is sharp enough — but how do you sharpen your knife in the first place? Here are two more videos from Kramer demonstrating how to correctly hone and stone your knives, processes which take just a few minutes, but make such a difference in cooking.