Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
Half an onion, the scraps of yesterday’s roast, a couple of green beans and a jar of mayonnaise. What on earth are we going to have for dinner?
The contents of a mid-week fridge can lead anyone to despair (and a take-away). But now, Hellmann’s Brazil and a team of professional chefs are here to help.
Just take a picture of your ingredients – however hopeless they may seem. Send it via WhatsApp. And a chef will get back to you with a new recipe just for you.
If that’s not enough, they’ll then send you pictures and videos to help with every stage of the preparation, and even tell you when it’s time to get your creation out the oven.
Over 8,000 people used the service in its first ten days, with each person spending an average of 65 minutes talking to their chef. So who’s doing the washing up?
It’s that time of day again. The clock’s just struck five (or three. Or midday. Or ten in the morning.) You’ve had a hell of a week. And all you can think about is an ice-cold, citrusy gin and tonic.
But hang on a mo, who finished the tonic water? Realising that this predicament counts as a genuine disaster, Dutch gin brand VL92 has created a Gin & Tonic Emergency Kit. As well as the distinctively botanical VL92 gin, the kit includes Fentimans tonic water and a recipe on the side for creating the perfect drink.
Forget Post-it notes. This is surely a must-have for desk drawers across the land.
“Wait a minute, I’ll just take a picture before you start.” If your food is forever going cold because your friends insist on snapping/filtering/Instagramming every meal you have, you need to book a table at The Secret Restaurant.
The idea is simple. Food is served on an industrial-style conveyor belt connecting the underground kitchen to the restaurant upstairs. If you don’t pick up your food instantly, it drops off the end and is lost forever.
Created by sculptor and performance chef Bob Dornberger, the pop-up restaurant has been specifically created to take a stand against the culture of sharing every dish on social media.
Can’t help but think that conveyor belt would look great with a Valencia filter though…
Too tired to cook? Too weary to make a call? Too exhausted to type? Wow. You should see someone about that. And that someone is ‘Dom’, the new voice-ordering app that lets you order pizzas from Domino’s just by speaking into your phone.
Just like Siri, Dom responds to your questions with ‘humorous’ phrases like “My motherboard and fatherboard raised me right.” And of course, he also does useful things like taking your order, suggesting side dishes and finding coupons for the best deals.
Question is, how are you going to get up off the sofa to answer the door?
Unlock your front door. Pay the bill after dinner. Share your contact details. Check your blood sugar levels. All with a touch of your hand.
They might sound like things only a superhero could do (although you’d hope they’d have more interesting uses for their powers), but turning your body into technology is fast becoming a reality.
NewDealDesign has created a concept called Underskin, which involves smart digital tattoos being implanted into your hand. The tattoos would run off your body’s electro-chemical energy, interacting with everything you touch and sending out NFC signals to keep your data safe.
Time to start practising that Spidey flick of the wrist?