Philips & Jamie Oliver Presents the HomeCooker

HomeCooker by Jamie Oliver & Philips

Philips has teamed up with Jamie Oliver to present a multi-functional appliance that is designed to do multiple cooking jobs all at the same time. It’s not cheap at $400 and I can’t see Jamie Oliver going anywhere near one to use it, but it is pretty interesting from a gadget perspective. Here’s the product blurb on it:

Take a fresh approach to home cooking with the revolutionary new HomeCooker from Philips and Jamie Oliver.

The Philips HomeCooker is a first-of-its-kind, multi-functional device, giving you complete flexibility to prepare homemade meals on your busiest days.

The HomeCooker has been specially designed to achieve authentic home cooking with ease. It can stir, steam, sauté, melt, simmer, stew, boil, and even fry whilst cooking unattended – giving you some quality time back.

Currently you can find it at for $400 or £249.95.

FDA finds salmonella strain in jalapeno pepper


The Associated Press: FDA finds salmonella strain in jalapeno pepper is the latest story in the hunt for the salmonella outbreak that has sickened over a thousand people this summer. Which has me sad, because I eat a lot of jalapeno peppers. Not just in hot sauces, but in salsa, and if there’s anything I like in peppers, it’s the fresh ones and not the pickled-in-a-jar ones.

One thing’s for sure, it’s impressive that salmonella can handle the heat!

Soy Is Not Healthy


Having a roommate that doesn’t eat very much meat, and prefers healthy over tasty means that I have a lot of soy-based products in my kitchen. Soy milk, soy margarine, tofu, you name it. Soy farmers are getting in on it, and soy companies are making ungodly amount of money raking in on the paranoia that has swept America in face of the obesity crisis. But is it really healthy for you?

According to this article at, it isn’t. They go into detail on why the negatives outweighs the positive of soy-based foods, and the dangers it poses. To name a few:

  • The majority of soy products come from genetically modified soybeans and have a high level of contamination by pesticides.
  • Soybeans contain a high level of phytic acid and other enzyme inhibitors which blocks the body’s uptake of essential minerals.
  • Soy milk contains isoflavones which act like estrogen, and can accelerate the onset of puberty and menstrual cycles.

From tofu and tacos to baby formula and burgers, soy products have swept the nation as a healthy source of protein, with a reputation for being all natural and good for you. New studies have however raised questions over whether the ingredients in soy might increase the risk of breast cancer in some women, affect brain function in men and lead to hidden developmental ab-normalities in infants.

Read the article and decide for yourself whether you should buy soy products.

Blair’s Pure Death Sauce

Blair's Pure Death Hot Sauce

I was given a new hot sauce as a gift, Blair’s Pure Death Hot Sauce with Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) and Skull Key Chain, with the new pepper hotter than a habanero, called Naga Jolokia. I’ve been enjoying this hot sauce quite a lot, especially on Mexican food and in soups. It was so good that I ended up going through the whole bottle within a couple of weeks.

The flavor, while not strong, is still unique and the heat level is quite nice. Overall, it’s a keeper. What’s especially nice about this hot sauce, and indeed all Blair’s hot sauces, is the fact that they use all-natural and high-quality ingredients, which you can see below for this particular hot sauce mentioned in this post.


  • Habanero Chili Pods
  • Naga Jolokia
  • Vinegar
  • Hawaiian Red Salt