Chef Creates Paper Meals

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Chef creates paper meals

A chef has created a computer that prints paper meals.

Homaru Cantu's invention uses ink made of liquidised food to print a picture snack on low-calorie edible paper.

The meals on soya bean and potato paper could help office workers satisfy food cravings without piling on the pounds.

Homaru has already started printing edible menus at his restaurant Moto in Chicago reports The Sun.

Diners can rip up the menu and toss it in their soup or have the sheets baked or fried.

Homaru adapted an ink-jet printer with computer specialists from local firm Deep Labs.

They first experimented with ink made of crushed carrots, tomatoes and purple potatoes.

Now they are working to get the flavours just right and are applying for a patent.

Homaru said: "You can make an ink-jet printer do just about anything. Just imagine going through a magazine and looking at an ad for pizza. You wonder what it tastes like so you rip a page out and eat it."

David Mazovick, of Deep Labs, told New Scientist magazine: "He challenges every preconceived idea about food."
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1278234.html

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Forget takeout, eat a print-out

Forget takeout, eat a print-out
10:09 10 February 2005
Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition
Celeste Biever
It is not quite the stuff of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but the fare coming out of Homaru Cantu's kitchen is just as bizarre. In Roald Dahl's famous children's book, chewing gum is made to taste like a three-course meal. Cantu, a cordon-bleu chef, has modified an ink-jet printer to create dishes made of edible paper that can taste like anything from birthday cake to sushi.

"You can make an ink-jet printer do just about anything," says Cantu, who is head chef at the Moto restaurant in Chicago, US, and a keen advocate of the high-tech kitchen. The printer's cartridges are loaded with fruit and vegetable concoctions instead of ink, and the paper tray contains edible sheets of soybean and potato starch. Cantu then prints out tasty versions of images he has downloaded from the web.

When the artwork rolls out, he dips it in a powder made of soy sauce, sugar, vegetables or dehydrated sour cream, and then fries, freezes or bakes the sheets. The chef has also taken to printing his menus this way: diners can spice up their soup by ripping up the menu and tossing in the pieces.

Laser beam baking
Until he has filed some patents, Cantu is not saying how he modified the print heads to write in vegetable juice, nor is he divulging the recipes for his colourful inks. All he will reveal is that carrots, tomatoes and purple potatoes are involved in his concoctions.

And Cantu's ideas go much further. He plans to cook steak by using a hand-held laser to sear the centre until it is well done while leaving the outside medium rare, or raw. He even envisages using the laser to bake bread - with a crust inside the loaf.

Cantu hopes one day to take his ideas out of the restaurant business and into the media. "Just imagine going through a magazine and looking at an ad for pizza. You wonder what it tastes like, so you rip a page out and eat it," he says.

"He challenges every preconceived idea we have about food," says David Mazovick of the design consultancy Deep Labs in Chicago, which is helping the chef commercialise his ideas.

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn6983

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Edible images. Maybe it fits here.

Israeli artist creates pitta portrait of Muhammad Ali
An Israeli artist has created a series of portraits of Muhammad Ali to mark the anniversary of his death.

Gilat Orkin has crafted hundreds of edible images of iconic figures using pitta bread as a base.

See if you can guess what other ingredients she uses.

Video Journalist: Hannah Gelbart

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertai...trait-of-muhammad-ali?ocid=socialflow_twitter

Vid at link.
 

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Brings a whole new meaning to 'eat me'

You could post someone a meal, depending how long the meal stays ok on the paper
 
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Slightly off-topic, I seem to remember some well-known intellectual a few years back trying to convince the WHO or whoever that the cause of all the aggression in the Middle East was down to a diet of unleavened breads which, unlike the Kingsmill medium sliced which sensible people eat, leads to a deficiency of Vitamin B or zinc (?) - one symptom of which is irritability and general fightyness. The proposed solution was to encourage them to have a nice bit of Marmite with their flatbread: voilà! Peace would break out within days (in theory).

I don't think the plan was ever rolled out officially.
 

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Slightly off-topic, I seem to remember some well-known intellectual a few years back trying to convince the WHO or whoever that the cause of all the aggression in the Middle East was down to a diet of unleavened breads which, unlike the Kingsmill medium sliced which sensible people eat, leads to a deficiency of Vitamin B or zinc (?) - one symptom of which is irritability and general fightyness. The proposed solution was to encourage them to have a nice bit of Marmite with their flatbread: voilà! Peace would break out within days (in theory).

I don't think the plan was ever rolled out officially.
I don't think that's the only cause of aggression. Hot weather, combined with lack of availability of good clean water can also cause tempers to flare. Then there's poverty, lack of food, poor education and a nasty religion.
It's an interesting idea, but getting them to eat Marmite would be an uphill struggle.
 
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