Archive for January, 2011

iChef : The Touch Screen Oven

Monday, January 24th, 2011
iChef Oven

After the failure of the fridge industry to integrate LCD screens and online ordering systems up step the oven manufacturers to have a go. The iChef+ is a new touch screen based oven where “the complex innovation translates into simplicity of use”. If I understand correctly is rather like the microwave settings that nobody uses where you tell it what you’re cooking and estimate the weight (if its so smart why doesn’t it weigh it for you?) and hit the icon of choice.

How long before the touch screen breaks?

EatMagazine launch

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Eat Magazine

Mikey from Phonic publishing have been on to mention the launch of a new free monthly food & drink magazine called EatMagazine. He will be distributing 20,000 print copies a month around Dublin initially and it will also be available nationwide via the online version and the iPhone/iPad apps that launch in February. Issue one was designed, written, sold and will even be delivered by Mikey himself so it’s a pretty small operation to begin with and looking at the result I think he’s done a great job.

EatMagazine may be looking for contributors to take a monthly column so anybody interested in that should give them a shout via the contact details on their web site.

Best of luck with the new venture Mikey!

Hugh’s Fish Fight – Discarding in the North Sea

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
C4 Fish Fight

This week Channel 4’s chefs join forces in the Big Fish Fight championing sustainable seafood and celebrating lesser known delicacies of the deep, as part of this schedule I saw Hugh’s Fish Fight last night. The show highlighted the issue of discarding in the North Sea, a process by which under EU law certain fish are not allowed to be landed by trawlers so have to be discarded before the trawler hits land. See the video below and sign up for the campaign
By supporting this campaign, your name will be added to a letter to be sent to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, members of the Common Fisheries Policy Reform Group, and all MEPs.

Reuse Onion Bags as cleaning tools

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
Onion Bag

Here’s another kitchen hack you can try, instead of messing up your regular kitchen brush or sponge cut up an onion bag. I guess it will have scourability and is good for the environment but whether it works or not is a different question. Answers on a postcard please.