Posts in category "Food and Science"

Pi Day, 2016: Area of a Cylinder Shropshire Fidget Pie

Pi Day, 2016: Area of a Cylinder Shropshire Fidget Pie
Well, it looks like the busy life of the Mom of a teen means I only post when it is SERIOUS – and, friends, if you’ve been here before, you know there is nothing I take more seriously than Pi day pies! This year’s pie is a “raised pie” – a British-style pie made to... Read more »

Pi Day: Rosewater πstachio Reuleaux Triangle Hamantaschen

Pi Day: Rosewater πstachio Reuleaux Triangle Hamantaschen
I think sometimes, as people who live in privilege, we forget we are standing on the shoulders of our neighbors around the world. Case in point, the GOP’s intervention in our negotiations in Iran, written in a tone that implies the people of Iran are incapable of understanding the intricacies of government, much less the... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday - Should We Tolerate Gluten Intolerance?

Policy Point Wednesday - Should We Tolerate Gluten Intolerance?
Recently, there’s been a lot of news about a study which, using controls, tested patients suffering from non-celiac gluten intolerance. The nuts and bolts of the study is that these patients who showed digestive system symptoms were actually intolerant of a group of fermentable carbohydrates that occur in many foods including wheat, and showed no... Read more »
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Policy Point Wednesday: WIC and Letting Science Decide

Policy Point Wednesday: WIC and Letting Science Decide
USA Today recently invited controversy with its editorial “Let science decide what food to subsidize: Our view”, in which they support the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that potatoes be excluded from the WIC list.  The IOM maintains that Americans eat lots of potatoes without the support of a government subsidy – without getting a lot... Read more »

Sundays With Sparky: Reverse-Spherified Yogurt Blobs

Sparky and Dr. Lasergonapus followed the directions, putting sodium alginate in the yogurt, and creating a "bath" by mixing calcium lactate and water.
This holiday season, Dr. Lasergonapus and his mother surprised Sparky and I with a beautiful molecular gastronomy kit.  It contained a number of cool cooking gadgets and several chemicals: agar-agar, sodium alginate and calcium lactate, xanthan gum and soya lecithin. Sparky and I have actually used some of these ingredients before: agar-agar is a type... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Pi Landscape Tea-dyed Lemon Meringue Pie

The Wayback Machine: Pi Landscape Tea-dyed Lemon Meringue Pie
Note: This year’s Pi Day Pie was entered in the Instructables.com Pi Day contest – vote for it here! Now enjoy a past venture into the world of math and pastry: You never know how random information will connect with you; you see, immediately after I’ve completed my pi day project each year, I start... Read more »
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Pi Day Special: Feynman Nine Clementine-Mincemeat Pie

Pi Day Special: Feynman Nine Clementine-Mincemeat Pie
Happy Pi Day!  With this year’s pie, we decided to celebrate our favorite Nobel Prize Winner and Bongo Player, Richard Feynman. Sparky and I still have a tradition of bedtime reading for the time being, even though he’s now bigger than me (gasp!) Recently, we read “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman” (because, really, why wouldn’t a... Read more »

Pi Month Special - Pie R Squared

Pi Month Special - Pie R Squared
A Food Desert Project exclusive! March 14 is pi day – one of my favorite of all days, one that sends me into a flurry of baking and writing that’s if possible more energetic than the one that posesses me at Thanksgiving and Christmas! This year, I had the opportunity to make several π day... Read more »

Pi Month Special: Pignoli Punition Pie

Pi Month Special: Pignoli Punition Pie
Pi Day 2011: PIgnoli Punition Pie from Michele Hays on Vimeo. Some time ago, Sparky and I were watching CBS Sunday Morning when Dori Greenspan suddenly appeared on our screen, along with a magical video of a man making simple cookies with only one hand and no other equipment but a table.  Sparky watched intently, and... Read more »
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Pi Month Special: πneapple-Rhubarb Pie

Pi Month Special: πneapple-Rhubarb Pie
For those of you who have followed Quips Travails for some years now, you know that Pi Day (March 14 – 3/14 in America) is a special, special holiday.  I recently realized with great joy that this year, ALL OF MARCH can be written as Pi (3/14) so I’m taking the opportunity to post our... Read more »