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First We Eat. A podcast for food nerds. 

 

Ever wondered what the union and confederate troops ate in the civil war? If a sous-vide is really worth 16 hours for a pork chop? What the white fuzz on the outside of salami is made of? Well, that's what we're here for.

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Soylent

Eva, Carey, and special guest Geoff (Carey's boyfriend) discuss the meal replacement beverage, Soylent. What it's made of, how it came to be, and the potential benefits and drawbacks.

The official Soylent website. (You can find a video at the bottom explaining the latest version of their product.)

New Yorker article The End of Food

Soylent creator Rob Rhinehart's blog post How I Stopped Eating Food.

A comparison of the various meal replacement beverages on the market today.

An explanation of California's Proposition 65, and how it affects food labeling

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Aphrodisiacs

Eva and Carey discuss the various plants, foods, and beverages with supposed aphrodisiac properties, and some of the possible science behind it.

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Taste

Eva and Carey discuss the science behind taste, theories about flavor pairings, and do an on-air tasting of foods with similar flavor components, as well as foods after a dose of miraculin.

Blue dye taste bud test.

Scientific American flavor map.

Cambridge flavor network.

Martin Lersch's Khymos blog.

Flavor pairings taste test:

  • black tea + green bell pepper/tomato
  • wheat beer + apple
  • syrah/pinot noir/cabernet + parmesan cheese
  • syrah/pinot noir/cabernet + milk chocolate
  • syrah/pinot noir/cabernet + dark chocolate
  • port/dessert wine + milk chocolate
  • port/dessert wine + dark chocolate

Miraculin taste test (purchase Frooties!):

  • lemon
  • grapefruit
  • apple
  • pickle/olive
  • mustard
  • rice wine vinegar
  • red wine
  • other recommendations: lime, hot sauce, sour ale (or really anything you're curious about!)


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Beer

Eva and Carey give a general overview of beer brewing, and do a live beer tasting (yum!).

Below are the beers we're tasting if you'd like to follow along, or if you'd like to seek any of them out after hearing our thoughts:

Heretic Chocolate Hazelnut Porter

Dogfish Head Midas Touch

Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss

Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA (Eva) // Crop Bistro & Brewery Doubletyme DIPA (Carey)

pFriem Super Saison (Eva) // Simple Roots Elderflower Saison (Carey)

Petrus Aged Pale Sour Ale (Eva) // Petrus Oud Bruin (Carey)

Here's a good side-by-side comparison of filtered beer vs. unfiltered beer. (We agree that unfiltered is preferable, especially when it comes to wheat beers.)

And here's a video of the fancy unfiltered wheat beer pour Carey mentioned in the episode. 

Prost!

 

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Sourdough

Eva and Carey continue their fermentation series with a discussion of sourdough bread.

Read about how to make your own sourdough starter here.

Check out the Boudin Bakery if you're in San Francisco!


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Iceland

Eva and Carey discuss their adventures (food-related and otherwise) in Iceland, and do a live tasting of some unusual Icelandic foods. Read more about those below!

Lakkrís Sprengjur — the good chocolate-covered licorice

Sterkar Djupur — the bad chocolate-covered licorice

Corny Big — banana flavor NOT recommended

Skyr — delish!

Lifrarpylsa — liver sausage (a.k.a. Icelandic haggis); very dog food-y and really not good

Bitafiskur — dried cod; quite tasty!

Hákarl — fermented Greenland shark; HORRIBLE, but the story behind the preparation is very interesting (which we learned about post-recording)


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Fermentation: An Introduction

Eva and Carey kick off their fermentation mini-series! This general introduction discusses various types and methods of fermentation.

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Below are links to the fermentation recipes discussed in the podcast:

Eva's Kimchi Sauerkraut and Homemade Kefir

Carey's Homemade Sriracha and Pressed Green Tomatoes (and a correction to the method discussed for the latter: a colander was not used, those tomatoes just go right in the bowl!)

 

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Food In Space

Eva and Carey discuss the evolution of space food, from purée in tubes to freeze-drying to modern day menu options and technology.

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Below are links to various images and videos mentioned in this episode:

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Aspic

EVA AND CAREY DIVE INTO THE BIZARRE WORLD OF ASPIC, ALSO KNOWN AS SAVORY JELLO. A ROUND TABLE ABOUT OLD ASPIC RECIPES AND A LIVE TASTING SESSION ARE ALSO INCLUDED. 

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FOR THE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION, HERE ARE LINKS TO THE RECIPES AND OLD PHOTOGRAPHS THAT ARE DISCUSSED:

HUGE THANKS TO ASPIC AND OTHER DELIGHTS FOR THE GOLDMINE OF AMAZING OLD ASPIC RECIPES + MAGAZINE spreads.

The recipes for the taste test are oeufs en gelee and tomato aspcic.

 

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