We meet people on fad diets. Can't eat tomatoes, don't fry in olive oil, avoiding wheat that's bad too. Well we're on an Italian diet because most of the 58 million population have got it right.

Tofu is wonderful but in the hands of someone who can't cook it's a disaster dish. Get a recipe, surround it with strong flavours and most of all respect 3,000 years of history.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Tetra Pak Cover


Experimented trying to make a DVD cover out of tetra pak. Top tip - scissors and all-purpose glue don't give the best results. Whilst tetra paks revolutionised the sales of drinks, milks and juices they are a recycling headache. Reusing them is pretty limited too - hats, purses and bags. It would be great to come up with some idea that doesn't look too cheap, tacky and desperate.

Largest Ketchup Bottle

One that caught my attention this morning - "The World's Largest Catsup Bottle stands proudly next to Route 159, just south of downtown Collinsville, Illinois. This unique 170 ft. tall water tower was built in 1949 by the W.E. Caldwell Company for the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling plant - bottlers of Brooks old original rich & tangy catsup.

It's got a website, fan club, visitors and merchandise. Wonder if there are other roadside, biggest, food related architectural gems out there? Bound to be. Biggest hot dog, burger, pizza in metal and plastic...

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Make Olive Oil Spread

I can't believe this works but the pictures show it can be done. Why buy pricey olive oil spreads with additives when you can make 100% olive oil spread for no extra money.
Homemade Olive Oil Spread

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Onion Post-It Note

Isn't this just great. A post-it note not in dull yellow but a red onion. Link to Tokyomango

Sunday, November 12, 2006


The proposed DVD is coming along, very slowly, too late for the Christmas market. Not done half the scenes, or the cut-aways, music, voice over...not quite the bish-bosh and now we edit it I was told to expect.
Provisionally called "Grocer's Kitchen", 'cos that's what I am - a grocer, and I've got a kitchen....

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Make a cooking DVD?

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In the process of trying to make a DVD. It's about food, and what to do with it - yes cook and eat it. A full days filming was knackering, the prospect of another day I'm dreading. Then there are the cut aways on location, the editing, finding suitable music, artwork, ...Out of my depth. It's not like uploading a clip for YouTube. Then comes the pressing, having a room full of plastic and trying to sell it.  The last bit I will probably enjoy. In the picture you can see Horace the sound operator, the Biffa herself who does the styling, and myself wondering what the hell I've let myself into. The story will unfold.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Coffee Collection

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Short, very short, a minute and less, videos about coffee. First attempt at trying to build a food / drink video channel. Not quite what I'd like.
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