• Experiments

    Surprising cinnamon experiment

    The Amazon link on this blog is an affiliate/referral link, you won’t pay extra and I earn a little something. In my studies, I have learned that a odor consists of many different molecules. All those molecules are responsible for a different sensation. It is possible to combine some gross odors and get one great odor. There is also this myth that all perfume as a bit of shit odor in there, to make it smell better. I have tried mixing odors and it gave surprising results, but now I’d like to separate an odor. I found an experiment described in a book (The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the…

  • Factories,  Production sites

    Fikardos winery – Paphos Cyprus

    I went to the Fikardos winery in Cyprus with a group of friends. We went on this holiday together to celebrate that we’ve known each other for 7 years. Wineries are the perfect place to celebrate friendships, I think.  This winery was especially a good choice to celebrate our anniversary. You can find them on this website. The winery was easy to reach with public transport, although the bus was a bit late and only goes twice a day. So obviously we had to take a taxi back to the place we were staying. Locals were surprised when we said that we didn’t want to drink and drive and that’s…

  • Farms,  Production sites

    Malbec winetour Mendoza – Argentina

    Mendoza is right in the middle of the red wine region in Argentina. The region is famous for its Malbec. Malbec is a heavy red wine and combines well with the typical Argentine meat dishes. There were a couple of options for the wine tour: One winery in particular and spend your day there, learning and tasting. Bus tour and see multiple wineries, the tour operator decides on the time spent everywhere Bike tour and do everything on your own pace I decided to go on a bike tour because it’s cheaper, more fun and you can do it at your own pace. It might sound a bit dangerous, cycling…

  • Experiments

    Homemade vegan probiotics; attempt 1

    All probiotic drinks for sale in the supermarket closest to my house are with milk, but I would like to see if it is also possible to make a probiotic drink with plant based milk. For this experiment I bought probiotic pills. The bacteria are supposed to survive the way through the stomach and end up alive and kicking in the intestines. Right now I don’t know if the probiotics also need to the stomach to be activated. So I will compare probiotics with a stomach simulation (lemon juice) and without stomach simulation. Experimental set-up Materials Probiotic pills Coconut drink Soy yogurt Three jars Lemon juice Mortar Method Make a…

  • Museums,  Production sites

    Olive oil museum- Oleastro – Anogyra Cyprus

    In the same area as the halloumi farm and the carob factory is also an olive oil museum. It’s a bit out of the town, so you need a car to get there. This olive oil museum is, according to them, an amusement park, children’s farm, museum, olive oil production site and cafe all in one. I think amusement park is a bit much, but all the other statements are true. For information on how to visit and when they are open, check this link. First, we walked around (again with the same group of friends as the winery in Cyprus) and enjoyed the view. The view is great from…

  • Experiments

    Caramel and the effect of pH

    The basis of caramel is water and sugar, so I was surprised when I found a recipe that adds lemon juice to the caramel. I was even more surprised when I read in this book about caramelizing with baking powder. Both lemon juice and baking powder adjust the pH, but they do so in a completely opposite manner. Lemon juice makes the product more acidic and baking powder makes the product more basic. PH has an enormous effect on all kinds of foods, you can read another experiment with pH here. I’m not really sure how pH would affect caramelizing, so I’m going to try it: Experimental setup: Materials Small…

  • Factories,  Production sites

    Carob syrup factory – Anogyra Cyprus

    Before this tour, I had no clue what carob actually was. To be honest, before I saw this tour I didn’t even know about the existence of carob. So I learned so much at this factory tour. The carob factory is close by a halloumi farm and an olive oil museum, so it was a perfect day for me to combine the three. I found the halloumi farm first and then I saw the other food production activities in the same town. I convinced my friends to join me, and luckily they enjoyed these visits too. What is carob? First things first, carob is just another name for locust bean…

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    Farms,  Production sites

    Halloumi – Anogyra Cyprus

    We (me and my friends, who I also went to the winery with) went to the Anoirkatiko Halloumi farm in Anogyra, Cyprus. Anogyra is a small town in Cyprus and there is so much to do. I will write about the carob factory and the olive oil museum later. Already walking around in the town and to the farm was beautiful. We saw a lot of fruit trees and cute houses. When we arrived at the farm it was already 11 in the morning. The owner saw us walking on his terrain and he was quite surprised about this visit. He told us that if we want to see the…