Feeding Thousands with Unwanted Food

Thousands of tons of food in are thrown away by supermarkets, restaurants, and even food banks every year while there are large amounts of individuals who go hungry. Adam Smith has found a unique way to use this food and help individuals who are in need.

Smith has an established The Real Junk Food Project. In his café, he uses food that would have been thrown away to create tasty dishes. His customers can pay as much as they would like for the meals they eat, or they can simply help with chores around the café after eating.

Adam Smith uses the food that would have been thrown away to make tasty stews, soups, casseroles, and even desserts. He is a trained chef, Andrew Heiberger pointed out to me.

The idea of ‘pay as you feel’ cafés are spreading. Adam Smith’s café is located in Armley, Leeds. Other cafés have already opened in Bristol, Manchester, and Saltaire. However, this idea is not limited to this part of the world. This concept is being introduced in the United States, Brazil, Poland, Switzerland, and many other places.

Adam Smith has been able to feed of more than 10,000 people in just the last 10 months. He has used over 20,000 tons of unwanted food to do so. This is an innovative and ingenious idea that has been able to help many people and will continue to do so as the idea spreads all around the world.

Lionfish Make Jamaica’s Cuisine

Since the 1990s, lionfish have invaded Jamaican waters and wiped out a lot of the original fish life on the reefs. Local fisherman, however, have taken advantage of the situation. Despite the lionfish’s venom-filled fins, locals dive and spear them quite successfully. They are then sold to local restaurants where they are considered a veritable delicacy.

One particular Jamaican fisherman whose family has been in the fishing business for several generations reports that lionfish are now “taking over the whole bottom.” They still do find a red snapper here and there and snatch up a lobster when they can, but lionfish are the predominate specie on the reefs. Thus, they have little choice but to adapt and learn to hunt them.

Not only do local residents enjoy the taste of the troublesome lionfish, but they also see themselves as helping to restore the original fish life to their precious natural reefs with every bite they take. Chefs too, if they have an environmental concern, can take similar delight in cooking them up.

The lionfish has become a “helpful problem.” It provides fishermen with a great way to make a profit and provide for their families. Hopefully the fishermen don’t have to break their backs too much to get them – wouldn’t want them to have to call North American Spine every time their family needs to eat. It also gives both Jamaicans and tourists alike a wonderful food to feed on. Yet, despite these “good deeds,” it is hated and despised for having wiped out many of the other fish that once dotted Jamaica’s beautiful coral reefs.

Eater.com Christmas Gifts

If you have friends and family members who love to eat like Lauren Powell Jobs, Eater.com has a variety of gift suggestions. Some of these gifts are edible, while others are food-inspired. However, all of the presents can show just how much you care this holiday season. 

For the friend who bakes a lot or loves eggs, the Egg Minder is a suitable gift. This app lets you know when you’re running out of eggs, and sends a notification if one or more of the eggs in the refrigerator are going bad. This gift is both practical and interesting.

If your relative has a sophisticated palette, you may want to add Numi teas to his/her stocking this year. The company has a variety of savory teas in flavors like tomato and fennel. The beverages taste a lot like vegetable soup, and are perfect for fighting off colds and flu during the cold weather. 

For more wonderful holiday gift ideas, visit Eater.com.

Cooking Healthier Food

Bend your back if you have to in order to get some healthier cooking into your diet. One of the things that you might enjoy about going home after you move out of the house is the cooking. Many parents will prepare a large meal for their children when they come home, and there are many families that will cook every day of the week instead of going to a restaurant in order to save money or to spend time with each other.

The delicious home cooking that you get might not be as healthy as you think. You can control the amount of seasonings and flavors that are added, but there are some foods that just aren’t that good for you no matter how you eat them. Most people who cook at home will eat larger portions and will spend more time on their feet in the kitchen.

These can be triggers for health issues like heart problems or a stroke. There are some cooks who will add butter, salt and other ingredients to a dish so that it taste better, but they don’t realize what it’s really doing to the bodies of those who eat the food. Hopefully we don’t have to make too many calls to North American Spine for the people who put in extra work to start eating healthier.

Big Food Portions Equal Big Bites

The more food that is on your plate, the bigger each bit you take will be. That is according to the conclusion of recent research and it seems to effect women more so than men.

The need to increase the speed of eating seemed to increase as plat portions increased. The research showed that the smaller amount of food on the late, the slower the person would eat. As the eating rate slowed, so did the amount of food and calories consumed at each meal, enabling the test subjects to lose weight or at least maintain their current weight. Larger portions of food equaled faster eating and the consumption of more food and more calories which in turn increased the weight of the test subjects.

Potion size directly effects eating behavior as the study concluded. The test subjects to reach the conclusion were healthy females, ranging in age from 18 to 65 that were overweight to the degree of having a body mass index of between 25 and 35 kg/m. Common foods, like chili con-carne over rice were fed to the testers, with each portion weighted for accuracy and served in exactly the same manner with the same tableware. The finding were always the same over the 5 study meal times – big food portions equal big bites and vise-versa.  The effect also happens with dogs, and owners that put down too much Beneful for their dogs.

Downsizing Portions For The Better

Seems that bigger is not always better when it comes to the portion sizes of the food we eat. A recent study that I found on mybrainfitlife.com showed that when a portion was larger, more women were prone to eat more and faster than if it was a smaller portion. Many fast food chains have been under fire for their incredibly huge portions, which heavily contribute to obesity in adults and children. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938414005599. Though what we eat is our choice, it seems that when faced with a larger-sized portion, we tend to eat more and eat faster, thus consuming more than if we ate a smaller portion of the same food. As larger portions seem to increase bite size this has been linked to overeating especially in women.

The final verdict is that if we change the portion size, we then change the rate and amount that we eat, which can have a positive effect on our weight since many people do eat to self soothe and deal with stress. Seems that bigger is not always better when it comes to the portion sizes of the food we eat. A recent study showed that when a portion was larger, more women were prone to eat more and faster than if it was a smaller portion. Many fast food chains have been under fire for their incredibly huge portions, which heavily contribute to obesity in adults and children. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938414005599. Though what we eat is our choice, it seems that when faced with a larger-sized portion, we tend to eat more and eat faster, thus consuming more than if we ate a smaller portion of the same food. As larger portions seem to increase bite size this has been linked to overeating especially in women.

The final verdict is that if we change the portion size, we then change the rate and amount that we eat, which can have a positive effect on our weight since many people do eat to self soothe and deal with stress.

Campbell’s Soup Slump

As fans like Bruce Levenson recall, Andy Warhol’s most famous and recognizable paintings is of the Campbell’s soup cans. So it may come as a surprise to most people that soup now contributes so little to Campbell’s bottom line. The company saw its revenue grow from $7.7 billion to $8.3 billion over the last fives years but most of that growth came from the acquisition of other companies. When it comes down to it soup contributes only about 30% to Campbell’s soup sales. So what is hurting this iconic brand’s sales?

The market often swings in ways that are hard to predict and companies are always looking to get ahead of the next trend. As more people in America become health conscious and look at what they are eating, prepared and processed meals loaded with sodium and other preservatives become less attractive. Many in the Campbell company feel that their customer base may have just lost their taste for soup. Campbell is making an effort to target millennials with a specialty soup line that has more of a home grown, quality feel. 

If Campbell is seeing a decline in soup sales the rest of their company is seeing a growth. Despite a shift in changing American taste sales remain strong in their smaller companies with increases among the childhood favorite Goldfish crackers. If Warhol chose a painting today it might be a box of crackers over the soup can.

For The Love Of Wine

Those who have a taste for exquisite and rare wines understand how difficult the sought after vintages are to find. The Antique Wine Company takes all the work out of finding the perfect wine for any occasion with their recording breaking collection and superb commitment to quality.

Established in 1982 by Stephen Williams, the Antique Wine Company is based in London England and serves over 70 countries throughout the globe. Their love of fine wine has been the foundation by which the company has created its’ services. The Antique Wine Company has a record breaking collection which boasts of 10,000 of the world’s rarest and most exclusive wines according to Facebook, thus enabling its’ patrons to have a vast selection which will be the ideal accompaniment for any event, meal, or collection.

This renowned company specializes in not only providing exclusive bottles, but also in authenticating their origin and age. Knowledgable and experienced Sommeliers use advanced technology to ensure each bottle has not only been properly stored, but also is a truly authentic piece. By using ion beam analysis the company is able to verify age with a extremely small margin of error without effecting the flavor of the original wine. Thus enabling them to provide truly authentic and original pieces to those who wish to expand collections or to consume a truly vintage piece, they even freely provide educational opportunities online, via social media, to help teach more people about what makes wine so easy to love.

Not only does the Antique Wine Company provide consumers with an impeccable experience and wine selection, they also offer an array of services to provide the ideal climate to store and organize collections. Building upon their knowledge and exposure, Antique Wine Company has departments within the corporation that specialize in designing and constructing wine cellars which will maintain the wine in perfect condition and flavor.

Their love of all things related to fine drink is the basis in which they work to create ideal environments for moving, storing, and displaying collections. The highly specialized team also is able to assist consumers in cellar management as well as insuring single pieces and collections.  Not to mention some great reading material to better study the wines you’re looking to store.

While the foundation behind the business is their vast collections of rare wines, they also are a company with a heart, who wish to educate as well as give back to the public. Recently, to assist victims of Typhoon Yolanda, Antique Wine Company donated Chateau Haut-Brion for a benefit dinner. They also offer an array of classes and tasting, teaching others the ins and outs of fine wines, as well as encouraging true appreciation of wine in general. Their events and courses span the globe, as they strive to share their appreciation of fine and rare wines.

For all things wine, rare, aged, unique, or other wise hard to find; the Antique Wine Company is the first place to look. Their dedication to the proliferation, education, and true enjoyment of vintage pieces is the foundational principal on which the business stems.

Clarkson Potter Publishing Three Food Books

Clarkson Potter recently signed a book deal with the chef and owner of the popular restaurant, The Lost Kitchen. The Lost Kitchen’s owner is named Erin French and recently received the Eater Maine’s “Chef of the Year” award. She cooks hearty meals in the town of Freedom, Maine. She had moved there from Belfast, Maine in 2013. Ms. French has not named her cookbook yet, but she promises it will contain humble, local ingredients and celebrate her home state of Maine.

Also not naming her books yet is chef Amanda Chantal Bacon. She is the founder of Moon Juice, a juice shop with 3 locations in Los Angeles. One of her locations is a kiosk in a former United Artists’ ticket booth next to the Ace Hotel. The other 2 spots are in Venice and Silver Lake. She also runs an ‘online apothecary.’ Food enthusiast Lee G. Lovett says Bacon’s first book will include recipes for her tonics, organic cold-pressed juices, raw snacks and more. What her second book will be about or when this first one comes out is a total mystery. Foodies will just have to keep an eye out for them.

Digital Sales of Girl Scout Cookies Allow a Level Playing Field for All Girls

It’s finally happening: starting January 2015, Girl Scout cookies will be available online. It’s not without a few catches, of course: you still have to know a Girl Scout, and you have to be pre-approved by her parents in order to buy from the online site. Still, this is a huge step in the right direction. One of the toughest challenges for any Girl Scout trying to sell cookies is exposure. For rural girls, multiple challenges abound, including transportation. The problems with transportation in rural areas aren’t new, and the Federal Highway Administration has been trying to find solutions for years.

Digital sales open the door for bigger opportunities for all girls, regardless of location. Instead of being limited to a small rural area, girls can tap into their extended social media network to have a larger pool of customers. This seems beneficial in the eyes of Brian Torchin. If Girl Scouts USA truly wants young women to begin exploring new paths of entrepreneurship, this is the time to begin opening new doors. Digital access will have its own set of challenges, but the benefits in this case truly do outweigh the negatives.

As for the strength of the Girl Scout cookie sales program, the popularity of the iconic series of cookies indicates that digital transactions are indeed the future.