Aug 06

Food Science Day 2: Request For Submissions

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The mock-up of a Baby Bel being dropped. This did not actually happenSo its that time of year again when the enquiring minds of the FreakyTrigger collective turns to food. And not so much the eating of food, as the testing to destruction of. Yes it is time for the Second Annual Liz Daplyn Food Science Day. Provisionally set for the weekend of the 2nd/3rd September we are hoping this year not only to verify last years findings vis a vis the most aerodynamic fruit but do some brand new science of food. Heston Blumenthal’s we may not be, but we have enquiring minds and the only scientific equipment we have to hand is our kitchens.

This years events will include:
– Discovering which vegetable can be thrown the furthest
– The Cake Of Democracy
– Around The World With Diet Coke
– The bum-shaped fruit throw off
– Microwaving shiny food

But clearly as any serious scientific conference we are asking for ideas from you: the readers (and potentially lab assistants). So if there is anything you have every wanted to discover about food, then contact our team of gastroclinicians via the comments box and let science commence.

Here are some of last years experiments for an example. Note, we (rightly) include within the realms of science puns, plays on words, consumer journalism and wanton silliness.

Food Science Day: An Introduction and Dedication

1. Green Eggs (No Ham)

2. Can You Avocado Cake and Eat It?

3. The Experiment We Did Not Do

4. The Culinary Art of the Bad Pun part 1

5. The Feast Of Flying Fruit

6. Whipping Marmite til it goes white

7. The Truth About Pink Wine


  1. 1
    Tom on 10 Aug 2006 #

    Pls do not forget: how to best serve a potato.

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    pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør on 10 Aug 2006 #

    the cereal superglue stick-off

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    Admin on 10 Aug 2006 #

    can we verify other sites food science. i would like to waste some eggs looking at the parameters of the vortex poaching method

    (should I “series” the food science day posts?)

  4. 4
    Rob Brennan on 10 Aug 2006 #

    Perry Perry Chicken

  5. 5
    Tom on 10 Aug 2006 #

    : 0

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    Pete Baran on 10 Aug 2006 #

    I remember having a conversation about the effect of heat on the heat of a chilli. I believe the experiment was to be name Chilly Chilli, but no idea how we were going to test it (frozen chilli icey pops?)

    Also there might be a Bloody Mary Off, just because I like bloody marys.

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    pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør on 10 Aug 2006 #


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    pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør on 10 Aug 2006 #

    is the CAKE OF DEMOCRACY the same as CHOOSE YOUR OWN RECIPE — or is that a worhwhile avenue of separate enquiry?

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    pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør on 10 Aug 2006 #

    also i should do part 2 of CHEESE WHICH IS GOOD TO FRY
    (also i shd write up the nouvelle oeuf cuisine experiments from last year)

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    Tim Hopkins on 10 Aug 2006 #

    I thought egg ballistics was a good plan but it might get rather messy.

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    Admin on 10 Aug 2006 #

    Food Science Day 7: b-b-but is it SOPORIFIC*? – found and added to series

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    Admin on 10 Aug 2006 #

    Can we make pemmican?

  13. 13
    CarsmileSteve on 10 Aug 2006 #

    go on then, what’s a pemmican?

    alsoalso MARMITE CHICKEN!!!!

  14. 14
    pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør on 10 Aug 2006 #

    aztec marmite chicken!

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    Sarah on 10 Aug 2006 #

    Can we do the Mulled Lolly in my Moomin lolly moulds can we can we?

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    Admin on 10 Aug 2006 #


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    katstevens on 11 Aug 2006 #

    “Is peanut butter another nature’s butter” NB I HATE PEANUT BUTTER so someone else can test the undoubtedly scrumptious peanut butter cake. Possibly in the shape of a moomin.

    “Does food taste better when created in Moomin format?”

    Oh oh oh! Cheese that is good to fry = halloumi. I know cos I did it the other day (sort of).

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    Tom on 11 Aug 2006 #

    There was some discussion of a moomin menu i.e.

    Pine Needle Soup

    – * –

    Flame-Grilled Mameluke

    – * –

    Raspberry Juice

    Finding the Mameluke is the main issue here.

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    pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør on 11 Aug 2006 #

    here is part 1 of cheese that’s good to fry (halloumi got a pass as everyone knows this already)

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    Archel on 11 Aug 2006 #

    Making food disappear (well evaporate/sublimate etc) through chemistry would be good, I think.

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