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Weekly Wrap Up- Cooking with Christopher Walken & Pairing Tea with Chocolate

In my WWU (Weekly Wrap Up), I compile some of the latest trends in the food industry, breaking news and cool things of interest. It’s all about the baking, cooking and general shenanigans brought to you live from the world wide web.

Here’s this week’s lineup:

Science: The Science of Spice

Why does your body sweat when eating spicy food? In this video, an animated bean-human hybrid illustrates how polymodal nociceptors on the tongue essentially create a “fight or flight” response when they come into contact with spicy foods. Go, watch. 

 

Knowledge: Pairing Tea with Chocolate

Tea, chocolate, wine and coffee all share similar nuances that can be celebrated and appreciated when joined together.

Tea, chocolate, wine and coffee all share similar nuances that can be celebrated and appreciated when joined together.

There are numerous variances on the humble tea leaf, especially with when it’s harvested, to how it’s dried, and then of course what it’s combined with. But have you ever thought to pair it with chocolate? Perhaps, but unless you’re a tea aficionado, probably not. That’s why you should embrace and fully appreciate this type of pairing. Read more.

 

Tip: Is My Baking Soda Expired? 

Baked goods turning out flat? Perhaps bad baking soda is the culprit.

Baked goods turning out flat? Perhaps bad baking soda is the culprit.

When is the last time you tested your baking soda to see if it’s still fresh enough to produce a chemical reaction for leaving? Have you checked the expiration date lately? Chow.com breaks down how to test your baking soda. And in the worst case scenario, if it flunks they have a use for it. Watch the video.

 

Shenanigans: Cooking with Christopher Walken

Voice overs have taken on a completely new realm of hilarity. Watch as Christopher Walken steps in to add his own audio track to Australia’s The Wedge cooking segment. View the video.

 

Product: Pizza with Breaded Chicken Crust

Want to swap the gluten-y carbs for chicken in your pizza? Domino's has the answer you've been looking for.

Want to swap the gluten-y carbs for chicken in your pizza? Domino’s has the answer you’ve been looking for.

Domino’s is now serving a pizza on a chicken base with not-so-catchy name, “Speciality Chicken.” According to a recent press release the pizza-like creation swaps a dough-based crust in favor of “12 bites of lightly breaded, 100 percent whole breast white meat chicken” which are topped like a pizza with sauces, cheeses, vegetables, and meats. Click here if you want to read more.

 

Learn: Knife Techniques

An online classroom has a lot to offer to anyone with a computer, not to mention even more if it happens to be free too!

An online classroom has a lot to offer to anyone with a computer, not to mention even more if it happens to be free too!

Master the most important tool in your kitchen and cut prep time in half with this FREE mini class from Craftsy, a site with wide selection of online crafting classes from some of the best instructors around the world. Read on.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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