Friday, October 28, 2011

11 Foods That Will Kill You and Mocha Cupcakes

Cauliflower with rice
Food Diary (October 28, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana, coconut, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Cauliflower with rice
Dinner: Carrot soup, sandwiches
Baking/sweets: chocolates

Did you know that honey is considered to be the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible. Personally I would not want to taste honey from a tomb that also contains a dead body. But its still edible!

I just checked the date stamped on my jar of honey, it says June 2013. I will surely finish the honey well before then but I am curious now why jars have a due or best before date. Maybe for commercial reasons? Or maybe the quality is best if it is consumed before a certain date, but then centuries old honey was considered edible.   

Other ‘things’ like salt and sugar won’t spoil but they are not considered food while honey is considered food. This will spark an endless debate. Whatever is the right answer, just keep in mind that honey has a long life.

Today's Favourite Photo
Mocha Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting

Today’s Favourite Blog
An insightful and interesting article titled “11 Foods That Will Kill You”. The 11 foods are:
1.      Fugu Blowfish: fugu contains a potent poison, tetrodotoxin that can cause either paralysis or death. That's why only licensed chefs are allowed to cook it
2.      Tainted Cantaloupe
3.      Casu Marzu: The cheese has live maggots. The live maggots can live in your system, making diarrhea and vomiting a possibility. However neither of those symptoms are necessarily killers, however the article says that with the symptoms you may wish you were dead
4.      Certain Mushrooms such as "destroying angel" or the "deadly webcap."  
5.      Sannakji (Wriggling Octopus): Eating sannakji is common in Korea. Choking is a potential threat anytime you eat it
6.      Giant Bullfrog, Namibia: No matter how delicious something may taste, when it contains "a few particularly toxic organs," best to stay away. One website describes the giant bullfrog as a "minefield of toxins with the skin and organs being particularly dangerous to eat."
7.      Silver-Stripe Blaasop: This fish is reportedly delicious, and deadly. If you don't remove the liver and reproductive organs, the toxins in this fish can lead to paralysis, breathing problems and even death.
8.      Raw Unpasteurized Milk: the pasteurization process frees milk of pathogens that your body can do without -- like salmonella, escherichia and brucella. However there are people and countries that have the complete opposite view, claiming that there is nothing wrong with unpasteurized milk and cheese. Both sides are right and wrong. Today I tasted some cheese made from unpasteurized milk, the supermarket would not sell it if it was potentially deadly. 
9.      Ackee: This undoubtedly beautiful food is Jamaica's national fruit, and is prepared with saltfish to make the country's national dish. Problem is that the edible portion of the fruit, the yellow arilli, surrounds toxic black seeds. And when unripe, the fruit contains a poison called hypoglycin, requiring special handling and preparation.
10.  Durians: Reportedly, this Southeast Asian fruit can be deadly when combined with alcohol, but that's not the only risk it presents. It can prove fatal when falling from the tree onto your head. It can even kill your relationship. According to Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations, after eating it "your breath will smell as if you'd been French-kissing your dead grandmother."
11.  Hot Dogs: Last year the American Pediatric Society recommended a "redesign" of the hot dog, noting that its cylindrical shape made it a prime culprit in children's choking deaths. 

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  1. interesting fact about honey. Date stamps is the last day a vendor can sell a product legally, not how long the product is good for. That cupcake,wow! Guilty of 2, 9, 1o, 11 and still alive...phew

  2. What a great and fantastic cupcake!

  3. Yeech, bullfrog?! Guess I'm gonna be alive for a long time since I don't take most of what's on the list, except maybe hotdogs, but that's only a risk for kids, right? Does 2nd childhood count?

  4. I love the dessert in the martini glass. Wish I could order one right now.

  5. LOL about how durians can kill you!!! Beautiful favorite photo today~

  6. The honey information is extremely interesting! I think the producers have to put best before dates on everything, even salt and sugar (it reminds me of a friend who wanted to throw away 3 kg of sugar because it was past its date.
    For me American health advice and food protection is always only aiming at the big food corporations' protection. Producing pasteurised cheese and milk is cheaper, easier and quicker, regardless the taste and not because of the health reasons. Since the hygiene conditions progressed (i.e. for at least 30 years) the French for ex. don't die or get ill because they eat unpasteurised milk cheese. Meanwhile, millions of Americans get ill and die because of the food they eat...
    The French (who eat lots of unpasteurised milk cheese) have always been on top of the world (not only European) countries in the healthcare quality and I have heard hundreds of times French doctors saying unpasteurised milk cheese is healthier than the pasteurised one (except for pregnant women and some ill people). Pasteurisation not only kills bad bacteria but also the precious ones, good for our health and able to fight off the dangerous bacteria.
    As for maggots in cheese, Corsicans have been eating it for centuries and I haven't heard them die of it ;-) I once found some maggots in a piece of cheese but decided not to taste them. (They develop when the cheese is not covered and flies lay eggs).

  7. Cheap Ethnic Eatz: there are so many different types of date stamps – use by, sell by, best before. Strangely, sell by date probably has nothing to do with product quality!

    Yummychunklet: it is

    ping: the article says it tastes like chicken. It would taste like chicken as long as you don’t know its frog and are willing to eat it. I think the hot dog risk is mainly applicable to kids, and some adults:)

    hotly Spiced: me too!

    Lizzy: exactly, it can kill many ways:)

    Sissi: I don’t understand why manufacturers have to put a date on products with long life like salt, sugar and honey. I am sure there is a stupid EU law behind this. I think the attitudes and laws regarding pasteurization will slowly change. I tried unpasteurized cheese for the first time. I don’t know if it was sold in Sweden previously or it’s a recent phenomenon. Good to hear that you successfully (by mistake) produced your own maggot cheese:) It could have had a really unique taste.

  8. Mr. Three-Cookies, I have sadly brought the cheese already with maggots (I think the shop hasn't covered it properly...). I hope this non-pasteurisation phobia ends soon... It started to spread around Europe a long time ago.

  9. Interesting list of deadly foods there. I have heard of casu marzu before and just cannot understand the point of it! Absolutely revolting. I have tried durian before (and could smell it from a distance) and it just tasted like garlic fruit. Quite unpleasant!