Bits and pieces: Fiji water, bear meat and other food news from the web, 11.29.10

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November 29, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Looks like that water in the square bottle won't come from Fiji anymore. Photo courtesy of Christian Haugen via Flickr.

  • It looks like things are getting ugly in the world of expensive bottled water. Fiji Water has stopped operations in the South Pacific islands nation where the company extracts water from an underground aquifer, according to an article in the Washington Post. The government in Fiji has accused the California-based company of avoiding higher tax payments. Fiji Water says its being unfairly singled out. But the company is mum on whether or not it will permanently shut down operations.

 

  • This article completely blew my mind. The St. Petersburg Times recommended baking holiday appetizers and desserts in muffin pans, which creates hors d’oeuvres-size portions. I wish I would’ve discovered this cooking method sooner. You get single-serving dishes in a fraction of the time it takes to cook full-sized meals. I tried the mini apple pies for my family’s thanksgiving dessert, and they were a hit. From the article:

Besides adding whimsy to the plate, foods prepared in muffin tins cook faster than they do in larger pans. Quick-cooking diva Rachael Ray is a vocal cheerleader for meatloaf made in muffin tins.

 

  • Korean artist Sung Yeon Ju has created a line of clothes made entirely out of food. Her creations are amazing – stop by the blog Project Rungay to check out her edible wardrobe.

 

  • Had any bear meat lately? A food writer and blogger tried it, and he said it was good, he writes in an article for The Atlantic. Historically, bear has not been an unusual meat to consume. But writer Hank Shaw explains modern man’s hesitancy to eat this big beast:

So why have I (and, I daresay, many of you) always felt ambivalent about eating bears? Was it watching Grizzly Adams as a kid? Winnie the Pooh? Maybe it was because I clutched a teddy bear every night when I was tucked into bed as a toddler. Hard to say. … But something else is at work here, a cloudy notion that bears are somehow different from deer or ducks or upland birds. Bears manage to be cute and cruel all at once—most of us balance, uneasily, the mental image of the fuzzy, huggy bear of childhood with the knowledge that at least some bears will happily tear you apart and eat you alive if given the chance.

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