Weird but true: Kitchen experimentation online
Monday, September 29, 2008 | 01:25 PM ET
by Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca
My webby day job aside, one of the things I love about the internet is people sharing their successes, failures and just plumb wackiest kitchen creations with others online.
Amid the LOLcat forwards, the urban myth messages and the outrageous YouTube links that clutter my inbox, I usually cherish the zany foodie endeavours friends send to me the most.
A few highlights over the years have included:
- The high-school chemistry class favourite: Making instant ice cream with liquid nitrogen.
- Taking inspiration from a video game classic to re-invent vegetarian burgers.
- Turning decadent chocolate cake into lollipops.
- A surprising recipe for potato chips in your microwave, most recently passed along by my colleague Tara (and likely a classic in dorm rooms).
As a fan of the whimsical creations of Canadian chef Bob Blumer, a.k.a. the Surreal Gourmet, as well as the nifty alchemy practiced by British molecular gastronomy guru Heston Blumenthal, perhaps I'm predisposed to enjoy foodie inventiveness online.
Are you a fan of online D.I.Y. food experiments? Have you ever attempted an interesting recipe after watching a video or reading through instructions online?
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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