I’ve been working more and more in writing scripts for animation and this project is one I found particularly fun. It’s for an amazing site (and client!) called The Parsnippety, which aims to be The Onion for Plant and Animal news.
We had a lot of fun poking at the food industry in this one. Did you know that some scientists believe that the combination of salt and sugar is more addictive than many narcotic drugs? It’s true. Look at the ingredients in many “healthy” products like protein bars and gluten free mixes and you’ll find out that salt and sugar are hiding inside in massive quantities.
If you’re interested in foodie culture and healthy living, I can’t recommend The Parsnippety enough.
My clients are crazy smart and interesting people. I am so blessed to be able to make their vision come to life every single day. The Parsnippety aims to shine a light on the major agricultural and environmental issues of our time with a side of humor. They are The Onion for Onions if you will. And this video we just completed is pretty damn fun if you ask me.
Go check out their site… I promise, you’ll laugh.
Did you know that non-organic plants are starting to report inferiority complexes due to the proliferation of organics? Ok, not really. But there’s a nugget of truth here. And a talking tomato. Can’t complain about that.
I hope you find it as humorous as I do.
Ah, New Year’s Eve. If Pinterest is to be believed, it’s a time to wear your most fabulous tiny but sparkly dress, sip champagne and nibble on bite-sized treats while laughing with 30 or so of your closest friends in someone’s very nice, spacious home. If the bars in my neighborhood are to be believed, it’s a time where you and your entourage shall crowd into the various bars, shell out between $60 and $100 for all you can drink and ring the new year in with hundreds of other Districtonians.
If you’re like me, the chances of either of these things happening are slim to zero. But, the good news is it’s not too late for you to pull together your besties and ring in 2014 simply, deliciously, and—of course—geekily.
Being Geek Chic’s test kitchen has you completely covered with two new recipes, and tweaks to some old ones, to help you put on a Star Wars-themed (or generically space-themed) New Year’s Eve party on short-notice. All you need is any of the six Star Wars films (may I recommend IV - VI, the classics?) and enough space for everyone to sit comfortably.
The menu for my New Year? Dagobah Swamp Punch and Death Star Popcorn Balls!
Dagobah Swamp Punch (serves 4-6)
1) Scoop the sherbet into the punch bowl and cover with champagne. It will foam up as you mix the sherbet into a smooth consistency.
2) Slice the limes into half inch thick rounds and mix into the punch.
Death Star Popcorn Balls (makes 8-10 popcorn balls)
1) Heat 3 TBS vegetable oil in a large pan and add the kernels. Cover and cook over medium high heat until most of the popcorn is popped.
* 1a) Alternately, you can also coat the kernels with a vegetable oil spray, pour into a large paper bag and put in the microwave for 2-4 minutes until most of the popcorn has popped.
2) In a large saucepan, bring sugar, water and corn syrup to a boil.
3) Boil for about 10 minutes, then remove from heat and stir in the extracts.
4) Cool the syrup completely (about 1 hour) and allow it to thicken.
5) Pour a couple of handfuls of popcorn onto a piece of parchment paper and drizzle some of the sugar syrup over it. Use two forks to completely coat the popcorn.
6) Butter or oil your hand, then scoop up and squeeze popcorn to make a ball about the size of a baseball. Let go slowly, so the popcorn ball doesn’t fall apart.
7) Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and allow to harden overnight. Continue until all of the popcorn or syrup is gone.
Recipe by Emma Carew Grovum. She is a data journalist working at the Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as the Digital Editor for The Cooking Club of America and blogs at kitchendreamer.blogspot.com Emma loves Star Wars, pandas and all things Joss Whedon. Find her on twitter at @emmacarew.
I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to a new series by Twin Cities Public Television and PBS Digital Studios called Are You MN Enough? While all the producers involved had a hard task in front of them, I made the ridiculous decision to try and create a social experiment setting and shoot it documentary style. Here’s what happened:
If you’re from Minnesota, know someone in Minnesota or just like awkwardness, you should check out the series. The rest of the pieces can be found here.
Here’s a little back story for you. I had initially intended to call this piece, The Last Bite. One popular cliche about Minnesotans is that if you go eat with a bunch of them, no one wants to be the person who eats the last bite of food. As such, it’s not uncommon for totally un-splittable food to be split in all kinds of ridiculous manners. We thought we would set up a situation where we told 4 people they would be eating with others but give them 5 pieces of food. Only problem? NO ONE WOULD EAT THE FIRST DAMN BITE.
This is documentary film-making 101. You have to go with whatever your subjects are doing. No matter how completely lost and distraught you may initially feel about the footage when the shoot wraps, you now have to focus yourself on the edit room. And so that’s what I did. Luckily, that whole cliche about no one taking the first bite is just as prevalent. And as it turns out, maybe even more true. Another end product. Another reminder why all the planning in the world can’t change what the universe has in store.
It’s Liz’s birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, Liz! I thought we’d celebrate with a dino excavation cake recipe. This week’s nerdy recipe combines two of my very favorite things: dinosaurs and birthday cakes.
I first made this cake for a friend a few months ago, without telling her what it was all about. I handed her the cake tin and a toothbrush (it’s an excavation, after all).
I picked up these dino cupcake molds in the Jurassic Park gift store at Universal Studios last year (see photo), after spending some time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But you can buy yours here.
Let’s Make It: