Getting Ready for Passover: Flourless Cakes

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Lots of Passover recipes are submitted on the web this time of year. Those of us who celebrate the Jewish holiday, try to come up with something new and different to break up the dry dense monotomy of the typical Passover desserts.

For those who are not familiar with the dietary restrictions of the holiday, bare with me, because there are many. During the eight days of Passover the basic foods  that are not allowed are bread, rice, wheat, rye, oats, barley, pasta, corn, peas, beans, peanuts, and foods made with these items. Observant Jews do not even keep these items in their homes during the holiday.

Considering all these food restrictions, Passover isn’t really known for its sugary delights. But kosher desserts do exist!

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Elite Airplane Meals

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Step upon an aircraft and your sense of taste looses its bearings. Our bodies change in the air to adapt to the atmospheric pressures surrounding us, which in turn decreases our sense of taste  by about 30 % when we are at high altitudes. So as unnappetizing as airplane meals are, it’s not the food itself that deteriorates, but the body that is reacting to the high altitudes. The way we taste food depends 80 % on hot it arrives to our noses. Thanks to the filetred air conditiong, the mucus in our nasal passages get dried out, impeding our sense of smell. So it’s reasonalbe to expect food to seem less inviting on planes.

The science of airline food has opened a new front in the battle for passengers in the upper-class cabins. The Fraunhofer InstituteLufthansa has been able to study how to best pair sauces with foods according to science. In Great Britain, chef Heston Blumenthal has been working with British Airways and studying the perception of various ingredients in airplane meals.

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Grownup Marshmallows

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Marshmallows often fail to get the admiration and attention of adults. We all know as kids our hot chocolates would not be the same with out them- but after the phase of making s’mores at camp fires…marshmallows disappear from our lives. Case in point: rarely do we see marshmallows after the age of twelve.

Well, the marshmallow make over has begun. At first, it was the macaron that was replacing the cupcake but now, decadent artisan marshmallows have been taking the baking world by storm, in gourmet shops, bakeries and even at-home kitchens. These marshmallows are nothing like the one’s that give you a caffeine kick. These sugar poofs come in  like chocolate, coconut and White Russian and are meant to be served as a delicate dessert or as party favors at special occasions.

unfortunately I have not been able to come across one to taste one yet- but while doing my research  I did come across a study that used marshmallows to determine how important self-discipline is to lifelong success.

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