With the exception of a few aesthetic developments, there's been very little to no change to the design of the home toaster: a little lever, some heated wires, and after a few minutes, toast pops out. But, back when the appliance first came around, "eating toast was a social activity that took place on the breakfast table."
This totally different take on the toaster seeks to re-engage the user,
There's a somewhat famous pumpkin festival about an hour from my house, which came very highly recommended when I first moved to the city six years ago. It's standard fair and festival stuff: touring food trailers and games, local non-profits and faith communities fundraisers, student art, etc. It's kinda crazy and kitschy and pretty awesome, and certainly worth a visit. But, after a few years, my attendance slowed: mostly 'cause all we'd do is stand around and eat mediocre food that's really bad for you, look at the cloggers, get stuck behind the parade, and stand in line for forty-five minutes for some seriously tasty, piping hot fresh pumpkin doughnuts, the highlight of the festival if you ask anyone.
So, this year, we decided to skip the drive and the parking fiasco and the food-on-sticks, and just make pumpkin doughnuts at home.
And they were incredible.
Over the weekend, my friend Laura, a M.D.-to-be in her intern year, came for a visit, and we did what we always do: we baked.
Normally, I cook a lot, but I do savory food: go to the market, see what's in the fridge, saute/roast/grill, season, go. It's more intuitive, tasting as you go, adding/subtracting, etc, etc. But not baking. That's science, friends. It's chemistry, not really open to interpretation unless you really know what you're doing. Neither of us do it regularly without the other.
But, when we're together, it's time. Music + crossword puzzles + coffee + good times.
And this weekend, we nailed it with this fresh cinnamon rolls.
Yep, you learned it in first grade, and it's still true: breakfast is important. It's an investment in efficiency - you'll end up eating less during the day, saving you money and calories, and it can actually help you lose weight by supporting your metabolism, and remedy nights of restless sleep. And for creative types, its essential for your mind and body to have the resources they need to be their most productive. Plus, you know, breakfast foods are delicious.
But, of course, they can present the "ultimate Catch-22[.] Without breakfast, we are not fully awake. But to prepare breakfast requires more than a dollop of alertness. Boiling water for poached eggs, hot butter for pancakes — the hazards! And the time — who has the time? Let us help you. Bypass the morning Catch-22, and make your breakfast the night before."
If you thought PeeWee Herman's Rube Goldberg breakfast machine was impressive, check this thing out.
The Pancake Bot is built from LEGO bricks and gears, and uses air pressure to deliver pancake batter to the griddle in all kinds of designs.
See it in action in this video:
Guess what? It's completely possible to make an absolutely amazing cup of coffee at home. And while it might be a bit different from scooping out those Folger's instant crystals into some microwaved tap water, as my old office mates used to do, it's not terrifically complex either.
Over the weekend, my local alternative weekly newspaper did a taste test of a new Doritos flavor: Late Night All Nighter Cheeseburger. The consensus was: 1) yes, it is possible to make a chip taste like a cheeseburger; and 2) doing so is a terrible idea.
But, I do love the idea of whipping up an entire meal in an integrated, handy to-go package. And I especially love it when gravy is involved.
French design collective Paper Donut created "A Curious Breakfast" for a contest sponsored by Arjowiggins, which the paper company hosted to demonstrate the amazing things that can be done with their products.
We've been digging on the ridiculous-meets-totally-useful-ness of this revolver shaped egg mold, that seems like it'd work equally well for pancakes, or Jell-o, for that matter.
How would you market it?
"For some banging fried eggs?"
"For firing off a perfect brunch, everytime?"
"Create a breakfast that's always number one with a bullet?"
Post your best in the comments!
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, some genius realized you can make reusable, non-stick pancake molds and put a face on those flapjacks. And then, just a bit ago, someone decided, as clever-minded designers often do, to make a Star Wars version, complete with Yoda, Darth Vader, and a stormtrooper.
"Our Star Wars molds couldn’t be easier to use. Just place them with their handles up on a preheated griddle then pour in your batter. After the first side has set, remove the molds and flip the pancakes. Serve a stack drenched in your favorite syrup – and let the adventures begin."
Has anyone had success with pancake molds
I admit it...I've been known to grab a toaster tart or two and a piece of fruit when I haven't left myself enough time to grab something less portable, especially on days when I'm taking two-wheeled transportation.
I don't particularly like the way they taste, but I do like not being hungry and having a portable treat. So, I was pretty pumped to find this DIY Pop Tart how-to from the Smitten Kitchen. Not only are they certainly more healthful and bound to taste better, but since you're starting from scratch, you can put ANYTHING you want inside: all kinds of fruit purees and jellies, honey and nuts, way better cinnamon-and-sugar combos, Nutella, and of course, SAVORY TARTS.
With the universal adoration of OkGo's "This Too Shall Pass," March 2010 will forever be the month of the Rube Goldberg machine. So, feast your primed mechanical brains on this - an automatic breakfast machine.
Reminscent of the intro to 1985's Pee Wee's Big Adventure, the machine creates a complete breakfast of fresh-squeezed oj, an omelet, coffee and toast.