Flavorful World’s Friday Fourplay offers up a bite-sized tidbit of info on each of the four food- and drink-related things we found most interesting each week.
Chicken and Waffles Ice Cream
Ever dug into a dish of ice cream and wished its notes of fried poultry skin and maple syrup were more pronounced? Ever lamented the absence of frozen dairy product from a plate of savory, piping hot fried chicken and sweet, buttery waffles? Philadelphia’s Morimoto restaurant has got you covered. Its new Chicken and Waffle ice cream goes on sale by the pint today, and I refuse to hear a word against the blending of chicken, ice cream, and waffles, because it is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
McDonald’s Singapore’s Durian Crunch McFlurry
Having smelled sliced durian from a distance and having tasted the fruit in smoothie form, I can attest to its aroma being every bit as offputting as people say it is. It does seem very much to be a “love it or loathe it” affair, as few people I’ve encountered have lacked passion in their opinions, be they pro or con. Personally, while I enjoyed the unexpected sweet and creamy taste of it, the ability to fashion a personally satisfying means fo describing what I tasted continues to elude and frustrate me. At any rate, the Durian Crunch McFlurry now exists and is available at Mickey D’s dessert kiosks throughout Singapore.
This product is probably too much the regulatory nightmare to ever go into widespread production in the U.S. (though prove me wrong if you can, Powers That Be) but it seems that by soaking marijuana in Everclear to extract the proper levels of THC, and then adding that liquid to the early stages of a wine’s fermentation process, one can effect an infusion of cannabis in our favorite nectar of the vine. I for one, am delighted that at last, someone has risen to address the conundrum of what beverage best accompanies brownies of, ahem…similar infusion.
‘Terranauts’ Simulate Cooking on Mars
The suggestion of humankind one day colonizing planet Mars no longer sounds as absurd as it might have sounded several decades ago. And while it won’t be happening tomorrow or anything, the day could come when such an undertaking moves from the realm of the “What if…” and into that of actual happenings. When that day arrives, those first travelers will need to know how to cook and eat. In a strange new environment. Enter the geodesic dome erected near Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. Six people have agreed to live, work, and most importantly, cook (using limited dry and canned sundries) and eat within the 36-foot-diameter structure from April to August of 2013. Given that things like water availability, hunger levels, and the weight and nutritional value of each meal could have serious survival implications in the red planet’s barren wastelands when acquiring more food is not as simple as a trip to the local market, the project is intriguing. I intend to follow this one closely, as I can’t wait to hear about their findings.
Via Bon Appétit