Food

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An idle thought struck me. Let’s say you’re on the latitude of Northern Europe and you’ve become a locavore, someone who avoids foodstuffs that must be transported far from their production site. Let’s also say that you don’t like greenhouses. And finally, let’s say you’re hooked on coffee or tea. Is there a caffeine source…

Everybody knows that energy is good for you and calories are bad for you. What newagers, health nuts and alties seem to be completely ignorant of is that both words originate in physics and that they refer to the same thing. Energy “is a scalar physical quantity that describes the amount of work that can…

May Entertainments

One of these men is an extremely zany comics artist and celebrated wit. The other is a stuffy scholar in an abstruse field. We’ve had a three-day holiday thanks to Friday being 1 May — a red-letter day in Sweden since 1939. Here’s the entertainments I’ve enjoyed. Went with wife & kids to the local…

There is a genre of complaints that I usually find a little silly: the Starbucks breakdown, which occurs when somebody’s offered too many options. But now I’ve run into the problem myself. Yoghurt diversification. I buy most of our milk & yoghurt to save my wife some carrying. And the damn yoghurt, that was a…

It looks like chocolate fudge cake. It tastes like compact sour-dough rye bread and molasses. It is basically compact sour-dough rye bread and molasses. You have it at Easter, cold, with cream and sugar. It is a Finnish thing. It is very strange. It is memma. You will grow to like it.

Beer Geek Website

When I give talks about Internet subcultures I like to say that I could devote the entire talk to on-line forums for retired Spanish-speaking transvestites. That’s how niched groups a global communication network makes possible. Myself, I’m on a Swedish site for skeptics, a US site for science bloggers and two sites for boardgame geeks…

Bagels of the Eastern Geats

After my November talk at the County Museum in Linköping I was kindly presented with a copy of the third edition of Inga Wallenquists’s book Östgötamat, “Östergötland Food”. It’s a beautifully illustrated coffee-table book combining recipes from the past three centuries with bits of regional kitchen history. The text is repetitive and should have been…

Mushroom Harvest

An hour and a half in the woods around little nearby lakelet Knipträsk garnered us a fine harvest of mushrooms. The last time I blogged about a shroom-picking expedition we had ten kinds. Today we had eleven, most of them hedgehogs and boletes: Terracotta hedgehog, Rödgul taggsvamp, Hydnum rufescens Birch bolete, Björksopp, Leccinum scabrum King…

Orkney Food

I’m in the Bangladeshi restaurant Dil Se having a nice chicken achari. I tried to get Orkney mutton, but it was only available on advance order. Seems fitting to have a curry even in this storm-swept outpost of the British Empire. I started my dinner with a cold steak & gravy pie (from Hawthorn Bakery,…

A couple of recent Skepticality interviews (with environmental engineer Kelly Comstock and environmental toxicologist Shane Snyder) taught me something that may seem obvious, but which was radical news to me. Tap water is an industrial product. It occurs nowhere in nature. Water suppliers use natural water to make tap water according to current scientific understanding…