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DIY Edible Glass Cats: A Translucent Feline Water Cake that Melts Away in Minutes

DIY Edible Glass Cats: A Translucent Feline Water Cake that Melts Away in Minutes

November 16, 2016

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Christopher Jobson

In 2014, a dessert shop in Hokoto, Japan called the Kinseiken Seika Company exploded in popularity when the internet discovered their crystalline mizu Shingen mochi, a completely translucent edible cake that looks like a huge water droplet. The sweet gelatinous rice cake comprised mostly of mineral water and agar is so delicate it can only stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before disappearing into a lumpy puddle.
Earlier this month Twitter user @mithiruka took a modified recipe for the mizu Shingen mochi and paired it with a silicon cat mold to make this jelly-like cake that’s now being shared by cat lovers across the internet—apparently there’s quite a few of them. More



Design Food

Polygons: A Versatile Measuring Spoon Inspired by Origami Folds

Polygons: A Versatile Measuring Spoon Inspired by Origami Folds

Oct.18.16

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Christopher

Instead of juggling a ring of measuring spoons while cooking in the kitchen, what if standard measurements were combined into a single flat tool that adjusted at the pinch of your fingers. Is this a problem that needs a solution? Perhaps. Currently funding on Kickstarter, Polygons is a rather ingenious looking measuring spoon tool that combines four fractional measurements (in teaspoon and tablespoon models) into a flat tool that folds like a piece of origami paper. More



Art Food History

Salvador Dali’s Rare Surrealist Cookbook Republished for the First Time in over 40 Years

Salvador Dali’s Rare Surrealist Cookbook Republished for the First Time in over 40 Years

Oct.3.16

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Christopher

Published only once in 1973, Les Diners de Gala was a dream fulfilled for surrealist artist Salvador Dali who claimed at the age of 6 that he wanted to be a chef. The bizarro cookbook pairs 136 recipes over 12 chapters (the 10th of which is dedicated to aphrodisiacs) with the his exceptionally strange illustrations and collages created especially for the publication. The artworks depict towering mountains of crayfish with unsettling overtones of cannibalism, an unusual meeting of a swan and a toothbrush in a pastry case, and portraits of Dali himself mingling with chefs against decadent place settings. More



Design

Kujira Carbon Steel Knives Mimic the Form of Whales

Kujira Carbon Steel Knives Mimic the Form of Whales

Jul.12.15

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Christopher

Designed by blacksmith Toru Yamashita in Japan’s Kochi-prefecture, these high carbon steel knives are designed in the form of five different whales, the blades forming the baleen mouth of each species. The Kujira blades were originally made for children as a tool for sharpening pencils or cutting paper, but have since been marketed abroad as a general purpose utility or chef knife. At about $50 each the knives aren’t cheap, but it appears the whale shape is strangely perfect for small hands and with the right care they would probably last a lifetime. More



Design Food

New Laser Engraved Rolling Pins by Valek Imprint Elaborate Designs on Baked Goods

New Laser Engraved Rolling Pins by Valek Imprint Elaborate Designs on Baked Goods

Jun.12.15

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Christopher

Last year around this time, Zuzia Kozerska of Valek Rolling Pins (previously) practically set the internet on fire with lasers, more specifically her laser engraved rolling pins that imprint different patterns in cookie dough. Kozerska has been hard at work creating increasingly more complex designs as well as special mini pins just for kids. You can see more in her Etsy shop. More



Design Food

Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy

Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy

May.25.15

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Christopher

Grant Thompson of the King of Random just shared a great tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin. Using the right molds, the pieces are so precise you can actually build with them. Unlike the chocolate LEGO bricks we featured a few months ago, these look somewhat simple to make. (via The Awesomer) More



Food Illustration

Cookies Too Beautiful to Eat by Pastry Chef Amber Spiegel

Cookies Too Beautiful to Eat by Pastry Chef Amber Spiegel

Nov.10.14

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Christopher

New York-based pastry chef Amber Spiegel has taken the artistry of cookie decoration to an entirely new level, creating edible objects that legions of online commenters profess “guilt” for wanting to consume, but not because of calories. The amount of time I would spend finding a recipe, mixing, completely ruining the first batch and trying again but actually paying attention this time, is the same amount of time Spiegel devotes to decorating a single cookie—about 45 minutes. More



Design Food

Custom Engraved Rolling Pins Imprint Patterns into Cookie Dough

Custom Engraved Rolling Pins Imprint Patterns into Cookie Dough

Jun.17.14

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Christopher

Polish designer Zuzia Kozerska creates laser-engraved wooden rolling pins that print designs onto cookie dough. She has a number of standard designs available over on Etsy, but creates customized pins to order. (via Laughing Squid, swissmiss) More



Design Food

DIY House Plant Cupcakes

DIY House Plant Cupcakes

Mar.5.14

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Christopher

Apropos of I’m on a diet and am also a masochist, Brooklyn-based baker Alana Jones-Mann has a sweet DIY article on how to make cupcakes that look like common miniature cacti. It turns out all you need is mass quantities of tasty, tasty frosting (because why does anyone eat a cupcake anyway), green food coloring, and an unreasonable amount of baking talent. If you liked this, you might also like cakes that look like planets. More



Design Food

The Yolkfish: A Yolk-Eating Fish from Peleg Design

The Yolkfish: A Yolk-Eating Fish from Peleg Design

Jan.22.14

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Christopher

Created by Tel Aviv-based design firm Peleg Design, the Yolkfish is a clever kitchen tool designed like a fish that slurps up yolks as means to separate them from egg whites. The yolks can then be deposited elsewhere with a gentle squeeze. See it in action in the video. If you liked this also check out their awesome kitchen elephant, Jumbo. (via Designboom) More



Design Food

A Rotating Disco Ball Pizza Oven by Lukas Galehr

A Rotating Disco Ball Pizza Oven by Lukas Galehr

Nov.6.13

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Christopher

Photo © Lukas Schaller

Photo © Lukas Schaller

Photo © Lukas Schaller

Photo © Lukas Schaller

Photo © Lukas Schaller
Designed by Austrian architect Lukas Galehr for the recently-opened ‘Disco Volante’ pizzeria in Vienna, this fully-functional pizza oven has been designed to look like a gigantic reflective disco ball. And yes, it even rotates. Via Madame Mohr:

According to the clients wish the restaurant should not only carry the atmosphere of a southern Italian pizzeria but also transport the lightness of the “Italo-Disco” era of the 1970s and 80s.

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