100 Mile Challenge – review of episode 1

Watching the Food Network’s new show, the 100 Mile Challenge makes me realize how hard it would be for me to do the same. No pepper, no salt? And where are they supposed to get canola or olive oil? At least for sugar you could substitute honey.

And then there’s ethnic food. Where would I get rice? Is there even anyone around here who grows brown rice? Or soy sauce! I’m pretty sure the local tofu manufacturer has to get their bean sprouts from somewhere else.

It will be interesting to see what happens to all the families over the course of the experiment. I think that family with the chickens have a huge advantage though.

Links and news

Are you gonna eat that? linked to this Cambridge student’s food blog research project. Click to see a photo of (part of) my refrigerator and contribute to her survey. (And no, I don’t really drink that much soy milk in a week. They were on sale and the cartons last a while.)

Avenue Edmonton has an article on the “hidden” ethnic parts of Edmonton, mostly focusing on food.

Only Here for the Food pointed out that Courtney and Brooke’s blog Take it and Like it was featured in Avenue as well.

From Serious Eats: Is Artisanal, Handmade Food Always Better?

Shanghai’s Wujiang Snack Street to Be Demolished at Year’s End

On April 5, the Food Network will be broadcasting a new show called the 100 Mile Challenge. It follows 6 families for 100 days, and the website even includes a 100 Mile meal planner tool and a directory of where you can find local food all over Canada.

When is a recipe YOUR recipe and not someone else’s? Watch this educational video on intellectual property for the food and hospitality industry. The video is of a bunch of lawyers talking so it’s not the most dynamic thing to watch, but they keep it fairly simple and show you real examples. The recipe part starts at about 10:22.

Jamie Oliver is now Britian’s top selling author, beating out J.K. Rowling, Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith.