EVERY TIME I’M OFFERED APPLE PIE I HOPE IT’S GOING TO BE EXACTLY HOW MY GRAN USED TO MAKE IT: SHORTCRUST PASTRY SOFT AND CRUMBLY, A SCRUMPTIOUS APPLE-Y CENTRE WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF BITE AND A DECORATIVE CRUST TOPPED WITH MINI PASTRY LEAVES — EQUALLY LOVELY WITH CUSTARD OR A DOLLOP OF ICE CREAM. IT’S A TASTE OF MY CHILDHOOD I LIKE TO RECAPTURE AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.
It’s both human nature and a matter of physiology that we like the familiar. And, when it’s a real food favourite, we love to know that the experience would be exactly the same every time, no matter where we are or who’s creating it.
So how about a new prototype 3D food printer that can produce a range of foodstuffs, from chocolate to ravioli, from a number of ingredients — well, as long as they are all squidgy that is? Surely that must be the ultimate in consistency.
This amazing machine can combine up to six different ingredients from separate nozzles to create a potentially wide range of foods in precisely-programmed shapes. Its makers envisage networked machines sharing culinary creations across social media, so you can decide what you want, input the programme you want and then collect your food whenever, and from whichever machine you choose. You’d certainly know what you were getting.
Perhaps this is a little far-fetched and at Eurest we won’t be using any 3D food printers in the near future. But we do understand how much pleasure it gives when an old favourite tastes exactly as you remember. That’s why our secret ingredient is our bank of recipes, tried and tested so your favourites come out perfect — and just as you remember them — time after time.
Now that’s a happy ending.
Wall, M (2013) ‘Food Bytes: The kitchen goes digital’ BBC News Technology 25 November 2013 [online] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25041147 (Accessed 10 December 2013).