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Friday, January 17, 2014
We need live sea urchins so Mads can lift the orange flesh out of the shell when he’s making dinner for Laurence. Two searches, a phonecall, and a sinking feeling inform me that sea urchin is not in season. A week after the shoot, markets will be awash in sea urchins but when we shoot, there will be none commercially available. And they need to be alive because as soon as they die, all the spines drop off and what you have is the shellfish version of a Chinese Crested Hairless dog. Just that ugly.
West Coast fishmen to the rescue!
Over the phone, a nice person at the Sea Urchin Harvesters Association tells me about a tiny west-coast fishing town, Steveston where independent sea urchin divers with small boats are allowed to sell off-season to people at the wharf. By sheer happenstance, I have a niece who is visiting her in-laws in that very town. She agrees to go to the wharf and finds a diver who will get the sea urchins. We are on first base!
I will not bore you here with further whining about how hard it is to ship sea creatures on a long weekend (Yes, it is a long weekend as shooting starts on Season 2). Even if you have a nephew who works for AirCargo it will take three days. Sea urchins die in two and their spines start falling out from stress as soon as they hear they are flying Air Canada.
Feeding Hannibal: Episode 1, Kaiseki
Sunday, January 12, 2014
These tiny recreations of Hannibal meals look good enough to eat.
For a show that many viewers originally assumed was a typical NBC crime drama, Hannibal has received an impressive amount of critical acclaim—particularly for its set design and art direction.
Written and produced by Bryan Fuller, creator of the similarly stylish Pushing Daisies, Hannibal has already attracted an adoring fanbase of viewers who lovingly dissect every frame for hidden meaning. From entire sets that reference The Shining to color-coded costuming choices, Hannibal is designed to within an inch of its life. Even the show’s food designer has a popular blog, where the symbolism of each of Hannibal’s meals is helpfully explained.
One fannibal is taking her obsession with the show’s food design one step further, by creating miniature models of some of Hannibal’s iconic dishes. Take a look at these slices of what Hannibal ominously referred to as “loin” (no meat specified, obviously)… [READ MORE]
Friday, January 10, 2014
One time I went on a date to the Olive Garden and I ordered the seafood pasta. I open up one of the muscle oyster things and low and behold there is a tiny crab in there. I freak out and think it’s the craziest thing ever. I keep talking to my then girlfriend about this tiny crab. How hilariously wonderful it is that the little dude crawled in there in the ocean only to become a freaky little part of my pasta. She is very unamused and clearly wants me to shut the hell up about this tiny crab and be a normal person. She is 0% excited about the tiny crab.
The waitress comes over eventually and is like ‘hey how’s the meal?’ and I’m like ‘awesome, but you gotta check this out! i found a tiny crab in here!’ and waitress freaks out and thinks its awesome. And she is like ‘can I take this to show everyone else?’ and I’m all like ‘hells yeah.’ So she does and everyone else that works there thinks it’s awesome.
Girlfriend SUPER annoyed.
how can you be annoyed with that look at that tiny little shit
mmmbuttery asked: About the 1950's food - there's a whole retro appreciation culture thing going on here in the US for kids who grew up with it. (Look up Gallery of Regrettable Food.) Sure, it still exists without irony in parts of the country, especially in the Midwest where I spent a few formative years (Minnesota specifically), but people know what it's about. There's a bunch of theories about why: what to do with the industrial might after WWII especially with factories that produced processed foods (con't
foods created for storage and transport, working women or the idea of leisure, fake color being awesome after the drabness of the war, new kitchen gadgets (freezers, etc.) and pro-progress, the idea of the formation of the nuclear family (so less help around the house from extended family), availability of certain foods through canned goods (pineapple and coconuts for example), the explosion of women’s magazines that told you what to do with all this stuff, increase in affluence so (expensive) packaged food is seen as a desirable commodity even as prices start to drop, the desire to keep up with the Joneses, returning to conformity in the case of the change of social mores during the war, and stuff like that
I’m probably missing or simplifying down a lot of the ideas, but I wanted to give a bit of context. Mind you, I’m not a huge fan of this kind of food, but there are reasons why it happened as well as why people have moved away from it. Sorry for length.
Also, jello historically was a rich people’s food (as aspic or its historical equivalent) as the components were only available through animal products. The technology to make boxed jello was around for a while but it wasn’t popularized until the 20th century, and it was sweetened to make it palatable to children. Then throw in all the stuff I wrote before and there you go.
I was aware of some of the reasoning behind 1950s horrorfood (post-war poverty; prevalence of long-life canned goods, industrialised food, etc), but it’s really interesting to hear about the rest of this! and i think the gallery of regrettable food is probably one of the blogs i saw before, actually. anyway, interesting message, thank you! :)
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Anonymous asked: What in god's name is post/24559503785/what-is-wrong-with-you-1950s-america-what-made ??? I CANNOT REST UNTIL I KNOW WHAT IT IS SO I KNOW IT'S NOT ALIVE AND AFTER ME.
that’s a real thing. it’s 1950s-ish american jello “salad” meal. in the period immediately following WWII, there was this obsession with jello-based “salad” meals you could make using canned goods. so there are tons of these absolutely disgusting-sounding meals where you get, like, lime jello, and then fill it with chopped onions and spam and tunafish. the illustrations from these recipes are hideously brightly-colored and make everything even more revolting. there’s a blog somewhere where someone started making and testing a bunch of these recipes, but i can’t remember its name… totally horrifying though, nonetheless. it would be way more pleasant to just eat each of the ingredients separately, rather than blobbing them all together in a giant jello cake thing.
i think some people still eat them. i think when i posted something about them before, someone reblogged saying their grandmother made jello meals for family dinners, or something similar…
Saturday, December 21, 2013
my mom ordered nothing for dessert so they gave her a plate with “nothing” written in chocolate syrup on it
Friday, December 13, 2013
I’m waiting for the season of Hannibal where the episodes are named after English/Scottish/Irish dishes. So the episode titles are like:
TOAD IN THE HOLE
BANGERS AND MASH
DEEP-FRIED MARS BAR