I am obsessed with macaroons- and yes, I know that sounds very Marcel from Top Chef, but macaroons are the big gooey coconut cookies, and these tiny, egg white/ground nut filled sandwich cookies are, to me, much more delicate and special. They are indescribably delicious, but notoriously difficult to make.
My all-time favorite online shop, Strapya, now has a shorcut which promises to make the process a tad easier, and the final results much much much cuter. What's cuter than a cookie the size of a tip of thumb? How about one that looks like a bunny or a bear? The hardest part of making macaroons is the piping (squeezing out the sticky, stiff dough into perfect circles) so the At-home macaroon maker provides a template- basically like batter stencils, which you you use to make your macarons perfect. There's also a hand mixer, which presumably assists in making sure you don't under or over beat your macaron batter which is far too easy to do with a powerful electric hand mixer. This is so charmingly Easy-Bake, even though I realize it doesn't actually look all that easy.
Available for pre-order, for about $27, at Strapya.
A lot of what you need to know about the glycemic index is here. Like what IS the glycemic index, anyway? (Short answer: a system of ranking foods according to how much they raise blood sugar.) Why is the glycemic index controversial? Can eating low glycemic-index foods really help prevent diabetes and colon cancer and heart disease? And control my weight?
But not quite everything you need to know about the glycemic index is in that one blog post. Among other things, you need an actual glycemic index that lists foods according to how much they raise your blood sugar. I couldn't find a really complete glycemic index, and maybe there is no such thing. But Diabetes.net has a good one here. (Scroll down past the book-selling stuff.)
And Wikipedia has a brief table summarizing categories of high. medium. and low glycemic-index foods. Keep in mind, though, that you can't always easily estimate the glycemic index of a food. Those bagels up there are actually high glycemic-index items.
As with any topic related to diets, almost any search engine will garner you a ton of stuff. There's an enormous amount of detail about the glycemic index out there, much of it useful. But there is also an enormous amount of salesmanship, so beware.
They are cooking "gadgets" that double up as drumsticks, but not of the eating kind. MIX STIX is an innovative set of wooden spoons that can not only help you rustle up your meal in style, but also aid your musical inclinations by becoming a pair of drumsticks as you flip them around.
Designed by Ignacio Pilotto & Jason Amendolara, MIX STIX are a pair of beechwood spoons, one solid and the other slotted like a musical note, and made specifically for dual use as spoons-cum-drumsticks. Sounds pretty logical, doesn't it?
Now I wonder if there is any amongst us who hasn't used kitchen cutlery for purposes other than cooking - breaking into impromptu musical compositions, for instance. Or letting your spouse know explicitly that you are frustrated with the day's proceedings, for another. Thank your stars that nobody has let their imaginations stretch as far as the latter idea just yet.
Watch out for the spoon sisters to hit Urban Outfitters stores this fall.
Love chocolate but want to lose weight? Or just like the idea of inhalable food? Then the Le Whif (no, really) chocolate inhaler could be the answer to your prayers.
Described as "akin to sucking a tiny bit of cocoa powder through a straw" (and who doesn't want to do that?) the Le Whif gives flavor with next to no calories, and comes in four different chocolate flavors, including plain and chocolate-mint.
It's around $2 for three puffs from the Le Whif shop.
If you go out to work (what's that like? I can't remember) you're probably not splashing out on lunches in coffee shops or restaurants in the same way you used to (not unless someone else is paying, at least). But not only is taking a fresh brown bag every day not so stylish, it's not so good for the environment either - even if you do recycle it afterwards.
But a good-looking resuable organic sandwich bag is another matter. This one from Bebeloosh on Etsy is just $5.99 and is stylish and cute, so should appeal to adults and children alike.
Via Mighty Goods.
Here's an early (very early) tip for Father's Day this year, if your Dad likes grilling as much as most Dads of my acquaintance seem to do. Giles & Posner are selling a hot stone grill that not only looks very stylish (for a grill) but brings out the natural flavors of foods with no need for fats or oil. The grills can be used inside or out, and retail for around $43. The only snag? They seem to be UK and Ireland-only so far.
Via Boing Boing Gadgets.
I always seem to have my best ideas (or what I think at the time are my best ideas) when I'm relaxing and don't have a pad of paper handy. So I was excited to see this new invention, which provides for those times when you have a few ideas but nowhere to write them: it's write-on glassware which has times pre-printed on it so you can have a morning cup of coffee and plan your day (or write down anything else that occurs to you).
It's $16 from Fred Flare and comes with an eraser-topped pencil.
Clara Cannucciari remembers the economic chaos of the 1930s, so there's no way she's going to let the current credit crunch get her down. Her YouTube series Great Depression Cooking began when her grandson Christopher started filming her cooking in her kitchen, and now she's a genuine celebrity chef, with her own DVD coming out soon.
Clara's recipes are cheap but good quality. There's no junk food here but her lean meats, pasta and veggies are all easy to prepare. Watching Clara in action could be a great way for students and cash-strapped young families to learn how to cook on a budget. Or you could just sit back and listen to her charming childhood reminiscences - you won't regret it.
I'm not sure this is a solution to the recipe-wrangling problem, and since it will cost $299, I'm not likely to find out. If you do, please report on the Demy, claimed to be the first and only kitchen-safe recipe reader. Not quite clear what that means, except wipeable.
I dunno about you, but my treasured recipes are mostly not online. They're either scribbled on scraps of paper or in elderly grease-stained cookbooks with collapsed bindings. So I'm wondering, could I download favorite cookbooks into a Kindle instead? And then just be very, very careful with the grease?
The US Food and Drug Administration has added to its list of dozens of weight-loss products - available in stores and online - that contain undeclared pharmaceutical ingredients.
The new naughties contain drugs like fenproporex, an amphetamine derivative not approved in the US, and fluoxetine, better known as Prozac, the antidepressant. This extra stuff can produce unpleasant and even dangerous effects.
Here's the FAQ on the list of products plus the contaminants and their effects.