food: August 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgTeams of chefs in Serbia have been serving up their best testicle-based dishes as part of the World Testicle Cooking Championship.

The event, amazingly now in its seventh year, see gonad gourmets creating the best meals they can from boar, kangaroo and donkey balls.

Delightful dishes on offer at the freaky food festival this year included testicle pizza and the ever-popular goulash style bulls’ testicles.

Visitors taste a selection of the meals before a judging panel decide on which ones really stand out.

Festival organisers also give an award to someone who has been "ballsy" over the past 12 months -- this year it wasn't the man who tried testicle pizza, but U.S. President Barack Obama.



275x250.jpgA restaurant in Berlin has caused a stir -- by appealing for people to donate body-parts to be used in their 'cannibal' dishes.

It's not known if the appeal is a genuine offer, or (hopefully and more likely) a mis-guided PR stunt for the soon-to-open Flime restaurant.

Would-be donors are able to download application forms from the restaurant website which ask a series of questions about their health, before asking which body parts they will give to be cooked.

Bosses say dishes are prepared in the style of the Brazilian Wari culture where it's believed diners gain the strength of the create they consume.

So just remember if someone invites you to join them at Flime restaurant… it's worth checking you will be sitting at the table and not on it.

275x250.jpg A giant burger which is cut into slices like a pizza and contains a whopping 2,500 calories has gone on sale in New York.

The nine-and-a-half-inch Burger King 'Pizza Burger' is the same size as four of their normal Whoppers and comes topped with pepperoni and  mozzarella.

It also contains 144g of fat - 59g of which is saturated - and has double the recommended daily allowance of salt.

While bosses insist the gargantuan burger is designed for sharing, there are sure to be plenty of people who try to munch their way through it on their own… this is America after all.

275x250.jpg Scientists have discovered they can make the humble spud more healthy for you... by subjecting it to electric shocks and ultrasound treatments.

The boffins from Japan say the 'potato torture' improves the nutritional content of the spud by boosting antioxidant levels.

In the tests potatoes were blasted with up to 10 minutes of high frequency sound waves and then submerged in saltwater and zapped with a electrical charge for up to 30 minutes.

It's claimed this could eventually be used to turn spuds into a superfood capable of preventing things like cancers and diabetes… otherwise they will be water-boarded too.

275x250.jpgA baker has created an amazing cake inspired by the Doctor Who villains the Daleks … and couldn't help calling it an 'EX-TER-MI-CAKE!'

The 2ft tall realistically detailed cake took 50 hours to make to scale and was based on the Dalek design from the BBC series between 2005-2009.

It's made from cherry chocolate, weighs around 20 kilos and even features fondant icing details like the 'plunger' weapons.

Makers say the cake was so heavy the base and head needed to be made from styrofoam or a forklift would have been needed to move it.

And being a typical Dalek that would have meant it had problems being taken up stairs.

275x250.jpg An engineer has spent three months and £10,000 creating the world's largest barbecue which weighs two tonnes and measures a whopping 16ft across.

The gargantuan BBQ - understandably dubbed 'God-grilla' - is so big makers say it could be used to simultaneously cook 1,000 sausages, 500 burgers or (if you prefer) two whole cows.

It's the brainchild of 31-year-old Jack Henriques who runs the Bespoke BBQ Company and says he already has plans to make a bigger one.

However you might want to think about it before ordering one to outdo your neighbours… it takes 14 bags of coal to ignite and can heat up to 500 degrees centigrade.

275x250.jpgA restaurant in New York say chefs have created a curry so spicy they even need to wear gas masks while cooking it.

Bosses at Brick Lane Curry House in Manhattan insist their Phaal curry is the world's hottest.. and gasping customers look like they agree.

The curry is made using ten of the world's spiciest chillies -- including the bhut jolokia chilli which is even being weaponised by the Indian military.

Each £13 Phaal is said to measure one million Scovilles on the Scoville scale and is available with chicken, lamb or goat.

It's also so hot diners are required by management to agree to a disclaimer before trying the dangerous dish… and are advised to order plenty of water.

275x250.jpgChildren who enjoy Popeye cartoons generally eat more vegetables than those who don't watch the classic show, it has been found.

Researchers at Mahidol University in Bangkok claim the type and amount of vegetables children eat can be directly linked to TV shows they watch.

Tests on four to five-years-olds found watching Popeye scoff spinach before beating up Bluto made kids want to eat more greens.

In fact the researchers claim the twenty six children in their study - which also saw them plant seeds and cook - doubled their vegetable intake as a result.

Next up the boffins will study the impact of watching Tom and Jerry on the level of infant frying pan attacks.




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