Friday, 5 March 2010

Beer Camp Columbus 2010

Beer Camp is an event the Wild Goose Creative [Collective] is putting on, and they're having a cooking contest--food made with beer. I'm going to enter, but I need ideas for something other than, you know, beer-battered onion rings or cheese and beer soup. More people should read this blog and help me come up with ideas. Maybe I'll ask my friends at dinner tonight. Ian lived in Germany for a while--that must mean beer in food, right?

Anyway, come out if you can. There's a beer tasting from Columbus Brewing Company (I don't think it's only their beers, I think they're just 'presenting' it), and some other contests--label design and beer crafts (I'm not really certain what this means, but it reminds me of Luna's butterbeer cork necklace--um, you can make fun of me for saying that, I don't mind).

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

"Did the discovery of cooking make us human?"

A BBC article about research that asserts that our learning to cook food, as a species, was central to our evolution.

Without cooking, an average person would have to eat around five kilos of raw food to get enough calories to survive. "Cooking made our guts smaller," he says. "Once we cooked our food, we didn't need big guts."

Cooking food breaks down its cells, meaning that our stomachs need to do less work to liberate the nutrients our bodies need. This, says Wheeler, "freed up energy which could then be used to power a larger brain. The increase in brain-size mirrors the reduction in the size of the gut."

I don't know. I've seen some pretty big guts...