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Quotes : Bad Food : Anthony Bourdain

"Bad food is made without pride, by cooks who have no pride, and no love. Bad food is made by chefs who are indifferent, or who are trying to be everything to everybody, who are trying to please everyone... Bad food is fake food... food that shows fear and lack of confidence in people's ability to discern or to make decisions about their lives."

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Tips : Make A Sweet Popcorn Bowl

The idea to create a bowl made out of popcorn has been swirling around my brain for a while so when I finally attempted to make one, I was so happy it not only worked, but was easy.

And, it looks great.


2 bags Orville Redenbacher's Naturals Lightly Salted microwave popcorn 40 ounces melted and tempered white chocolate or melted confectionery coating (Candy Melts)

Supplies Needed:

6 quart plastic bowl* Reynolds Non-Stick Grill Tin Foil (long box) - optional, but a great idea food handling gloves, also optional but will save you from having very messy hands

*If you use a plastic bowl you don't have to line it, but I still would just to make it easier to remove the popcorn bowl. If all you have is a glass bowl then you definitely will need to line it with the non-stick tin foil in order to remove it. If you don't have a 6 quart bowl, any plastic bowl will work, you just might need more or less white chocolate popcorn to line it.


Unless you have a really giant mixing bowl, you are going to need to make one batch of white chocolate popcorn at a time. So, pop one bag of popcorn then remove all the un-popped kernels. Repeat, keeping the popcorn in separate bowls.

See that white bowl on the right? That's the bowl I lined with non-stick tin foil and used as my popcorn bowl mold. It's a 6 Quart Tupperware bowl.

Pour 18 ounces melted and tempered white chocolate or melted white confectionery coating over one batch of popcorn. Use a large spatula or spoon to gently fold the popcorn and chocolate just until the popcorn is covered. Move quickly as you don't want your popcorn to start to set up.

Working quickly dump one batch of the white chocolate popcorn into your plastic bowl (mine is lined with the non-stick tin foil for easy removal.) Press the popcorn in the bottom and up the sides of the bowl, compacting it as you go.

Make the second bowl of white chocolate popcorn using another 18 ounces of white chocolate and the remaining bag of popcorn. Take handfuls of the popcorn and press it into the sides of the bowl Once you get all the popcorn in your bowl, press down all around the bottom and sides of the bowl making sure the popcorn is really compact, but not broken into small bits.

Now use the remaining 4 ounces of white chocolate to work as glue to hold any loose pieces of popcorn together.

As I worked up near the top of my bowl, I felt some pieces weren't sticking together as well as I'd like. I worried they would break off, so I used a silicone pastry brush to work some melted white chocolate in between the popcorn pieces.

Put the popcorn bowl in the refrigerator for 45 minutes. Remove it and if you used tin foil, lift the foil and the popcorn out of the bowl, then peel off the tin foil. If you skipped the foil, then turn your bowl upside down, and press down on the bottom of your plastic bowl and the popcorn should pop out. If it doesn't you may need to scrape around the top edge of the bowl, removing any white chocolate that has hardened on the lip of the bowl, then try again. Fill your bowl with two batches of Peanut Butter Twix Bites Popcorn, or with some Cookies 'n Cream Popcorn, or just plain White Chocolate Popcorn.

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Recipes : Devil’s Kiwano Gazpacho

1 Kiwano, seeds and liquid only
250 ml plain yoghurt
1 clove garlic, sliced
1/4 spanish onion, sliced
1/2 bird’s eye chili
3 tbsp olive oil
good pinch of salt
small handful of mint

1. put aside 3 tbsp kiwano seeds for garnish

2. put all other ingredients in blender and blend until smooth

3. strain, store in the fridge until very cold.

4. put the gazpacho in a freezer for 20 minutes before serving

5. serve in small shot glasses with a bit of olive oil and the reserved kiwano seeds as garnish

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Recipe : Turtle Chocolate Fudge Marshmallow Bars

Ingredients for the Cookie Bar
12 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup caramel bites
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Ingredients for the Chocolate Fudge Filling
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
12 ounce milk chocolate chips (or semisweet if that is all you have)
1 tablespoon butter

Ingredients for the Filling
1 cup marshmallows (or enough for an even single layer)
1 cup white chocolate chips (or enough for an even single layer)

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.

3. Add vanilla, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and egg. Continue to beat until everything is incorporated.

4. Mix in the flour until everything is fully incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Press half of the dough into a greased 8x8 baking sheet.

6. Melt the sweetened condensed milk, butter, and milk chocolate chips together until creamy. Pour over the top of the dough in the 8x8 pan. Sprinkle with marshmallows and white chocolate chips.

7. Drop the remaining cooke dough in spoonfuls over the filling.

8. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until cookie dough is cooked. Allow to cool at room temperature; then place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes before cutting (this will help the fudge layer set). Store at room temperature.

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Drinks : Peach Oolong Tea Smoothie

1 c. cold steeped oolong tea
½ c. almond milk
1 c. frozen chopped peaches, or try a mix of peaches and strawberries. Mango works too!
2 tbsp agave syrup or sweetener of choice

Blend it. All of it. Until It's smooth.

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News : Blacking Out - What Goes On In Your Head

If you’ve ever experienced a blackout or know someone who has, you know they can be pretty scary.

Blackouts have long been linked exclusively to alcoholics, but the reality is it can happen to anyone who drinks. According to Aaron White, senior advisor to the director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

“Anyone can black out at least once, if you drink in the right way– or the wrong way.”

Blackouts usually occur in one of two ways. The first is known as an en bloc blackout and occurs when an entire chunk of a person’s memory is wiped out. The second, which is more common, is oftentimes referred to as a brownout. In this case, the person loses pieces or fragments of their memory, but still has a pretty good recollection of what happened.

In either scenario, memories are non-existent because they weren’t stored in the first place. The person who blacks out won’t remember what they did or said. It’s as if everything that passed during that time-lapse didn’t really happen for them.

To make matters worse, you probably won’t be able to tell when a person is blacked out. During a blackout, the drinker’s short-term memory is generally fine and he or she is capable of functioning as normal. They may be able to eat, drink and carry on a conversation as usual.

However, underneath this facade, more complex things are happening at the chemical level within the person’s brain. Alcohol impairs the encoding of contextual memories within the hippocampus, the area of the brain associated with learning and involved in the formation of new memories. White explains that during a blackout,

“Your brain is sending information to the hippocampus, and it falls into a void.”

“The hippocampus doesn’t tie it together, or it skips a little bit.”

Factors that put you at risk of blacking out include how fast your blood alcohol content rises and whether or not you are a woman. Women have less alcohol dehydrogenase, an enzyme that helps break down alcohol, than their male counterparts do.

So before you take those tequila shots, please remember to drink responsibly.

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