Monday, July 09, 2007

Outbarking the Dog and Surfing the Net


I've confined myself indoors while recovering from what the doctor has now diagnosed as Laryngitis. So I have been giving Jack my dog a good run for his money as I've been pretty stiff competition in terms of barking it up. He's given up trying to out-bark me, i've won the past few rounds. The cough still persists and I've pretty much lost my voice, so on a social level, there is really no point in me going out or hanging out with anyone.

So as I veg out at home alone, with the dog, lemon and honey tea in hand, the heater on, blankets strewn all over the couch and laptop firmly secured on where else but my lap, I browse the wide world of the web. I'm filling up my del.icio.us album with lots of tags of recipes I want to make and alas here are a few other things i've found that have caught my eye.

Believe it or not, this is a toaster that I found on designboom.com. The toaster is called "Glide" because the toast simply glides through that little opening where the bread is heated by two aluminum hot plates and takes less time than a conventional toaster. It looks very space age and it's definitely innovative, it's probably the most exciting toaster I have ever seen and takes away the banality of waiting for your bread to toast early in the morning.


The photograph at the top of the page also comes from design boom and was one of the designs shortlisted for their ceramics for breakfast category and is, I think, the neatest and prettiest way to squeeze your oranges in the morning. The set includes the teapot, the squeezer and two cups. And if you want to see how this Cuban designer's vision for the citrus teapot came to life then go here.

Simple but ingenious, are these little salt and pepper shaker ghosts. I found them on the same website where I found the Glide toaster and the teapot. They are so adorable I cannot help but love them. A whole family of ghosts ready to dispense salt and pepper, what could be better?

Aside from gawking at cutesy home appliances, i've also been passing the time by wading through the Hubble Telescope website and marvelling at the beautiful photographs of this wondrous universe that we happen to be part of. It's a sobering thought to think Earth is a just a remote speck is this cosmic giant that is the universe, I can't help but feel small.

Several hours have passed and now and I have moved onto the Apple Trailers website. I've seen it being touted all over the place by many other food blogs (so why not this one too) as the next big thing in cinema for all foodies alike. Perhaps daresay the next big thing since Chocolat? The only time a rat will be welcomed into a kitchen, Ratatouille is the new movie from Pixar. Not out in cinemas in Australia until August 30 there is still a while to go before we can see this little gastrnome in action. But already, I can't help but love Remy, just look at him!

Anyway, I think this is it for me and my internet browsing. Signing off until next time which will hopefully be about something I made in the kitchen.

11 comments:

cin said...

back poor you! hopefully it won't take long for you to recover and be in the kitchen.

i saw this same toaster this morning while surfing for gifts. pity it's not being manufactured just yet :(

ley said...

Oh, how awful! I hope you are feeling better shortly...laryngitis is such an obnoxious illness. Get well soon!

Kat O+ said...

I was waiting until I had a cold to blog about this, but in light of your post, I'll just link it here: the snotty egg separator. I'm guessing it probably won't be winning design awards anytime soon, but it cracked me up.

Hope you feel better soon!

Cheryl said...

That is the most awesome toaster.

Jerry said...

Oh JenJen! That's horrid! I always suggest soup in times like these, but cooking is the last thing you want to do. Albeit, Rachael Ray said in an episode that when your sick you should cook, but I find her strange. Get better!

candy said...

i hope you feel better soon! but at least you found some cool gadgets, so it wasn't a total waste, right?

Rose said...

Hope you are feeling better Jen. I am always looking for some cool websites for shopping. Love the little salt and peppers shakers ghosts.

Mary said...

I hope you recover soon. In the meantime, relax, hang with the dog and try not to make too many impulse buys. The internet is a dangerous place when you're home sick. =)

e said...

take care and get well soon because i love your blog and what you cook and eat!

Minik Kus said...

Jenjen, I hope you get well soon. I like the toaster a lot as much as I like the ghost family :) You have lots of great recipes, I'll come again and have some notes about your previous posts.

hi!monkey said...

ooh! la la! i saw ratatouille (the movie not the dish) last night and it is a charming film full of culinary fun, beautiful animation with a very sweet story. i hope it will inspire many other little chefs to cook as they grow up or become animators.