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Jet Black Char Coal Cheddar Cheese Is Made with Real Charcoal

Jet Black Char Coal Cheddar Cheese Is Made with Real Charcoal | Manor Farm Shop in Leasingham, England, is currently selling one of the weirdest cheeses in the world – Char Coal Cheese. And true to its name, it’s actually made with real charcoal. These jet-black blocks might not look (or sound) very appetizing, but they seem to be a huge hit with cheese lovers. In fact, the shop’s staff say that people have been coming back for more ever since they introduced the bizarre delicacy

“It’s a mature cheddar but it’s completely black inside where it’s mixed with the charcoal but it tastes really creamy,” said Dan Mansfield, assistant manager at Manor Farm. “The company we get some of our cheese supplies from said they had got this new cheese in stock and it was made from charcoal so we thought we’d give it a try. I’d never heard of it before and it doesn’t look very appetizing, but it is very nice. We’ve had a sample block cut up in the shop for customers to try and so far everyone who has tried it has bought a whole block.”

The idea of combining charcoal and cheese is so unusual that I wonder how anyone thought of it in the first place. Amy Birkin from Michael Lee Fine Cheeses (the creators of charcoal cheese), said: “We toyed with the idea of making a black cheese and how we could make this look appealing.” And when they came to know of the various mining communities around them that needed support, they found their ‘black ingredient’.

The company then created what they claim is the first and only all-black charcoal cheddar cheese, made with mature cheddar and blended with activated charcoal. For their outstanding innovation, Michael Lee Fine Cheeses were awarded the ‘Best New Idea’ at the Farm Shop and Deli show, 2014. “Our customers who are a mix of delis, retailers, wholesalers, marketers, restaurants, caterers, hotels, sports stadiums, top end chefs, etc., are using it on their cheeseboards, canapés, deli fridge and various recipes,” said Amy.

World’s Most Expensive Honey

World’s Most Expensive Honey Costs as Much as a Small Car | At 5,000 euros (US $6,800) per kilogram, ‘Elvish’ honey from Turkey is the most expensive in the world. The special honey is extracted from a 1,800-meter deep cave in the Saricayir valley of Artvin city, northeastern Turkey.

According to Gunay Gunduz, a local beekeeper, elvish honey is so expensive because it is naturally produced. The mineral-rich cave enhances the honey’s quality, adding to its value. Gunduz, whose family has been into beekeeping for three generations, first noticed some bees entering the cave back in 2009. That’s when he realized that it might contain honey.

“With the help of professional climbers, we entered the deep bowels of the cave and found 18 kilograms of honey plastered on its spherical walls,” he said. It was later analyzed at a French lab, confirming it to be seven-year-old, high-quality, mineral-rich honey. 

The first kilogram of the honey was sold for 45,000 euros at the French stock exchange in 2009. A year later, pharmacists from China bought another kilogram at 28,000 euros. Currently priced at 5,000 euros a kilogram, it is sold in bottles of 170g and 250g. In spite of the smaller portions, Gunduz’s customers aren’t able to ignore the fact that it costs as much as a small car.

Gunduz said that the honey can be used as medicine as well as food. “The honey is produced in a natural way and without hives. The area is rich in endemic and medicinal plants. All this affects the price.” In general, Turkish honey is considered the best in the world, but Gunduz pointed out that plagiarism and artificial honey are ruining the market. “Today, the price of honey cannot be less than 15 euros,” he said.

10 Foods That Make You Smell

10 foods that make you smell | You're sitting on a train that’s slightly warm, packed with passengers, and suddenly you get a whiff of "rotten egg" stench. 

Stop after stop, the crowd thins out, but that onerous odor remains. You search for the offender as subtly as you can, so you can find a seat in the opposite direction. As your head swivels, you’re hit with that stench again, so strong you could swear it was you. 

You nonchalantly dip your head down toward your underarm — wait a minute. It is you. But you didn't even work out today. And you took a shower this morning. And you’re wearing deodorant.

What you eat can directly affect how you smell, and in more ways than just your breath. Scientifically, this boils down to the way your body metabolizes the stinky sulfur compounds found in many foods like garlic, cumin, and asparagus. While smelling like garlic is not new (it is said to ward off both vampires and mosquitos), the stench of asparagus-tainted urine might not be quite as familiar and you may not have even realized that some of the foods on our list could have this effect on you.

If you have a hot date, an interview, or plan to be out in public, you may want to keep these foods off the day’s menu. And if you can't, here are a few tricks to help deodorize nasty smells.

Red Meat
In 2006, researchers from the Czech Republic collected perspiration samples from meat-eating and vegetarian men. They then asked a group of women to identify the foulest odor, based on numerous factors. Overwhelmingly, the vegetarians’ body odor was found to be much more appealing than the meat-eaters’.

Deodorize: A simple way to remove potential stench is to cut out red meat all together. If a vegetarian's life is not for you, try cutting out some meat and replace it with seafood or veggie dinners.

The taste of Tikka chicken may not be worth the lingering stench that comes with it. The aromas of spices such as curry and cumin can make a home for themselves in your pores, and stew for days at a time.

Deodorize: Even a brief brush with cumin can cause a lasting odor. Instead try cardamom, an aromatic seed of a plant from the ginger family, which permeates the body quickly and leaves a fresh aroma.

Garlic stink oozes from your skin because allicin, within another sulfur compound called allin, is released when garlic is cut or crushed. Allicin breaks down quickly after consumption and converts to other substances, which cause bacteria to mix with sweat and results in a strong odor. 

However, it is said that if you are at dinner and both you and your date consume garlic, you’ll be less likely to notice it. (It’s up to you to take that risk.)

Deodorize: If your underarms become some serious stinkers, apply white or cider vinegar to keep you odor-free throughout the day.

The ripe smell of asparagus crops up in a seemingly harmless way, but tell that to the guy sharing five bathroom stalls with five other men. Asparagus makes urine stink when the sulfur compound mercaptan breaks down in the digestive system. If you're wondering why your urine doesn't smell after eating asparagus, it’s because your body doesn’t possess the enzyme to break mercaptan down.

Deodorize: If you’re afraid offending in a public restroom, try finding a tasty asparagus alternative. Bell peppers can easily be roasted or grilled much like asparagus without the after effects.

Cruciferous Vegetables (Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts)
Little kids across America now have a reason to snub some of these loathsome vegetables. These sulfur-rich foods pack nutrients and antioxidants that may help rid the body of toxins and carcinogenic cells, but they’re also responsible for severe smells. This stench introduces itself in the socially-crippling form of flatulence. The sulfur in these foods is responsible for the rotten-egg smell toots tend to leave behind.

Deodorize: Cruciferous vegetables are vital to our health. So, when you're in the comfort of your own home, eat those greens! You can also par-boil to remove some of the stench before you finish cooking them. In the meantime, spices like coriander, turmeric, and caraway will not only leave you smelling fresh, they’ll help control your bottom.

The perfect dinner - Steamboat

Steamboat: The perfect dinner | On a trip to Malaysia, I was introduced to a dish called Chinese Steamboat. It is very much like a fondue or hot pot, with a large pot on a burner in the centre of the table in which everyone cooks their own food.

I found that it’s also a perfect dinner when you’re in a hurry because most of the cooking is done at the table. The vegetables and meat are dipped into chicken stock to cook and then dipped into a savoury sauce. To finish the meal, the hearty broth is poured into soup bowls with the dipping sauce and eaten like soup.

To serve this dish in the Chinese manner, you will need a fondue pot with a burner or a sauce pan placed on a portable electric or gas burner. An electric frying pan or wok would also work.

Failing that, you can still enjoy this meal using the alternate directions below.

Chinese Steamboat

2 servings

1 litre fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup sliced onion

225g boneless, skinless chicken breast

1½ tsp sesame oil

4 medium peeled shrimp

110g Chinese or Napa cabbage

110g button mushrooms

110g Chinese noodles

Dipping Sauce

6 tbsp low-salt soya sauce

2 tsp brown sugar

3 scallions (spring onions), sliced

2.5cm piece fresh ginger, chopped (about 2 tsp)

Place broth in saucepan with carrots and onions. Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove fat from chicken and cut into strips about 5cm by 2.5cm. Place in bowl and mix with sesame oil. Place the bowl on platter large enough to hold all ingredients to be cooked. Slice shrimp almost in half lengthwise and spread open. Wash cabbage and slice on the diagonal in 2.5cm pieces. Wash and quarter mushrooms; cut into sixths if large. Place shrimp, cabbage, mushrooms and Chinese noodles on platter and set on the table. Mix sauce ingredients in a soup bowl and pour half into a second soup bowl. Place in front of each diner.

To cook: Place heating unit on heat-proof mat on table. Pour boiling broth into fondue pot or electric pan and place on table; the broth should continue to gently simmer. Using chopsticks or fork, each diner adds chicken, shrimp, cabbage and mushrooms to the pot, removing them when they are cooked (about one minute). (Note: use separate forks for raw chicken to eliminate any chance of salmonella contamination.) Remove pieces as they are cooked, dip them in sauce and eat them. When the platter is nearly empty, add noodles and remaining vegetables to pot and cook about five minutes, until noodles are cooked through. Ladle into bowls with remaining dipping sauce and eat as soup. Makes

Alternate directions: In a saucepan, bring the broth to a boil and add the carrots and onions. Simmer 10 minutes. Prepare all other ingredients. Add noodles and remaining vegetables to broth. Cook three to four minutes. Add chicken and cook about three minutes. Add the shrimp and cook one minute. Divide the dipping sauce into two large soup bowls and pour the soup over it.

What Kind of Milk Do You Drink?

The Health Benefits of Every Type (From Skim to Almond) | Whether you pour it over cereal, mix it into a favorite recipe, or stir it into your coffee, there's a good chance you consume some kind of milk during your day. I gave up cow's milk about 15 years ago ago—honestly, I just kind of lost the taste for it—but I use almond, soy, and rice milk on the regular these days.And that's what's kind of neat: There are tons of milk options from which to choose. Here's how some of them stack up, nutritionally, per one-cup serving:

86 calories; .4 gram total fat; 12 grams carbohydrates; 12.5 grams sugar; 8.4 grams protein
Skim is less caloric than whole milk while still offering a good dose of calcium and protein (one serving offers four times the amount of protein that's in a glass of O.J.).

120 calories; 2 grams total fat; 25 grams carbohydrates; 0 gram fiber; 0 gram sugar; .4 gram protein
This sugar-free milk comes from a mix of partially milled rice and water and is especially revered for the fact it won't trigger allergies in anyone who can't drink other kinds of milk (nut, soy, cow's, and so on). A possible downside? It doesn't have much protein as cow's milk per serving.

132 calories; 4.3 grams total fat; 15 grams carbohydrates; 1.5 grams fiber; 9.8 grams sugar; 8 grams protein
Made with a mixture of soy beans, water, and natural sweetener, soy milk is cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat.

60 calories; 3.5 grams total fat; 6 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams sugar; 1.4 grams protein
This milk is the result of blended roasted almonds that are then infused with calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin E. It doesn't have as much protein as cow's or soy milk.

60 calories; 6 grams total fat; 10 grams carbohydrates; 0 gram fiber; 6 grams sugar; 2 grams protein
Hemp milk comes from the same plant that marijuana does, but you're not going to get any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) when you drink it—to make the milk, hemp seeds are blended with water and then filtered. The seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and those are included in the resulting milk.

So what's your favorite kind of milk?

Woman Who Has Never Eaten Food And Only Surviving On A Liquid Diet

Woman Who Has Never Eaten Solid Food Lives off Milk, Tea and Water | Manju Dharra, a 25-year-old Indian woman, hasn’t had a bite to eat since she was born. For the past two-and-a-half decades she has been surviving on a liquid diet consisting of milk, tea, buttermilk and water.

Manju is from a small town called Sonipat, located near India’s capital, New Delhi. She suffers from a rare condition called achalasia – a failure of smooth muscle fibers to relax. Because of this, the cardiac sphincter muscle (that closes the opening from the gullet to the stomach to prevent acid reflux) does not open at all. So food cannot pass into the stomach and the gullet is blocked. The result – violent vomiting if she ever tries to eat anything solid.

“If I eat something then I throw up and I feel very, very bad. Now I feel fear when I look at solid food,” said Manju. Her mother, Bhagwati Dharra, added: “She only takes fluids like milk, tea, water, and sometimes juice. Mostly she takes milk, tea, buttermilk, water. If she eats solid food, she faces the problem of vomiting suddenly.”

What People Eat Around the World

What People Eat Around the World | Photojournalist Peter Menzel and his wife and writer Faith D'Aluisio, from California, spent three years travelling to 30 countries visiting countless people to document what they eat over the course of a single day. 

Camel broker Saleh Abdul Fadlallah with his day's worth of food at the Birqash Camel Market outside Cairo, Egypt. The caloric value of his day's worth of food on a typical day in the month of April was 3200 kcals. He is 40 years of age; 5 feet, 8 inches tall; and 165 pounds.

Robina Weiser-Linnartz, a master baker and confectioner with her typical day's worth of food in her parent's bakery in Cologne, Germany. The caloric value of her day's worth of food in March was 3700 kcals. She is 28 years of age; 5 feet, 6 inches tall; and 144 pounds. She's wearing her Bread Queen sash and crown, which she dons whenever she appears at festivals, trade shows, and educational events, representing the baker's guild of Germany's greater Cologne region.

Shashi Kanth, a call center worker, with his day's worth of food in his office at the AOL call center in Bangalore, India. He is 23 years of age; 5 feet, 7 inches; and 123 pounds. Like many of the thousands of call center workers in India, he relies on fast-food meals, candy bars, and coffee to sustain him through the long nights spent talking to Westerners about various technical questions and billing problems. 

Tersius "Teri" Bezuidenhout, a long-haul trucker delayed by paperwork at the Botswana-Namibia border stands next to his truck with his typical day's worth of road food.

Oscar Higares, a professional bullfighter, with his typical day's worth of food in the bullring in Miraflores De La Sierra, Spain, on a training day.

The head monk at his partially rebuilt monastery with his typical day's worth of food in the Tibetan Plateau. The caloric value of his day's worth of food in June was 4,900 kcals. He is 45 years of age; 5 feet, 5 inches tall; and 158 pounds.

Curtis Newcomer, a U.S. Army soldier, with his typical day's worth of food at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California's Mojave Desert. The caloric value of his day's worth of food in the month of September was 4,000 kcals. He is 20 years old; 6 feet, 5 inches tall; and 195 pounds. During a two-week stint before his second deployment to Iraq, he spends 12-hour shifts manning the radio communication tent (behind him). He eats his morning and evening meals in a mess hall tent, but his lunch consists of a variety of instant meals in the form of MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat). His least favorite is the cheese and veggie omelet.

Din Memon, a Chicago taxi driver, with his typical day's worth of food arranged on the hood of his leased cab on Devon Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. The caloric value of his day's worth of food in the month of September was 2,000 kcals. He is 59 years of age; 5 feet, 7 inches tall; and 240 pounds. His favorite food includes Kebabs, chicken tika, or biryani. Tika is dry-roasted marinated meat, and biryani is a rice dish with meat, fish, or vegetables that is highly seasoned with saffron or turmeric.

Conrad Tolby, an American long-distance truck driver, photographed with a typical day's worth of food on the cab hood of his semi tractor trailer at the Flying J truck stop in Effingham, Illinois. The caloric value of his meals this working weekday was 5,400 kcals. At the time of the photograph Tolby was 54 years of age; 6 feet, 2 inches tall; and weighed 260 pounds. His meals on the road haven't changed much over the years - truck stop and fast-food fare, heavy on the grease, despite warnings from his doctor. He has more reason than most to watch his diet, as he's suffered two heart attacks both in the cab of his truck. The trucker travels with his best friend and constant companion, a five-year-old sharpie dog, named Imperial Fancy Pants, who gets his own McDonald's burger and splits the fries with Conrad.

Mariel Booth, a professional model and New York University student, at the Ten Ton Studio in Brooklyn with her typical day's worth of food. The caloric value of her day's worth of food on a day in the month of October was 2400 kcals. She is 23 years of age; 5 feet, 9.5 inches tall; and 135 pounds. At a healthier weight than when modeling full-time, she feels good but laments that she's making much less money.

Katherine Navas, a high school student, on the roof of her family's home in a barrio in Caracas, Venezuela with her typical day's worth of food. The caloric value of her typical day's worth of food in the month of November was 4,000 kcals. She is 18 years of age; 5 feet, 7 inches tall; and 157 pounds. 

Oswaldo Gutierrez, Chief of the PDVSA Oil Platform GP 19 in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela with his typical day's worth of food. The caloric value of his day's worth of food on a day in December was 6000 kcals. He is 52 years of age. Gutierrez works on the platform for seven days then is off at home for seven days. While on the platform he jogs on its helipad, practices karate, lifts weights, and jumps rope to keep fit. His food for the seven days comes from the platform cafeteria which, though plagued with cockroaches, turns out food choices that run from healthful to greasy-fried. Fresh squeezed orange juice is on the menu as well and Gutierrez drinks three liters of it a day himself. His diet changed about ten years ago when he decided that he'd rather be more fit than fat like many of his platform colleagues.

Nguyên Van Thuan, a war veteran, with his wife in their studio apartment with his typical day's worth of food

Saada Haidar, a housewife, with her typical day's worth of food at her home in the city of Sanaa, Yemen. The caloric value of her day's worth of food in the month of April was 2700 kcals. She is 27 years of age; 4 feet, 11 inches tall; and 98 pounds. In public, Saada and most Yemeni women cover themselves for modesty, in accordance with tradition.

Bruce Hopkins, a Bondi Beach lifeguard, with his typical day's worth of food in Sydney, New South Whales, Australia. The caloric value of his day's worth of food on a typical day in the month of February was 3700 kcals. He is 35 years of age; 6 feet tall, and 180 pounds. Hopkins eats moderately - rarely, if ever - eats fast food, and drinks alcohol only when he and his wife go to dinner with friends.

Shahnaz Begum, a mother of four, outside her home with her microloan-financed cows and her typical day's worth of food outside her home in the village of Bari Majlish, an hour outside Dhaka.

Solange Da Silva Correia, a rancher's wife, with family members in their house overlooking the Solimoes River, with her typical day's worth of food. The caloric value of her day's worth of food on a typical day in the month of November was 3400 kcals. She is 49 years of age .She and her husband, Francisco (sitting behind her, at right), live outside the village of Caviana with three of their four grandchildren in a house built by his grandfather. They raise cattle to earn income and sometimes a sheep or two to eat themselves, but generally they rely on their daily catch of fish, and eggs from their chickens, for animal protein. They harvest fruit and Brazil nuts on their property and buy rice, pasta, and cornmeal from a store in Caviana. They also purchase Solange's favorite soft drink made from guarana, a highly caffeinated berry indigenous to the country.

Coco Simone Finken, a teenage vegetarian who lives in the city of Gatineau, Quebec, Canada with her day's worth of food.  The caloric value of her day's worth of food on a typical day in the month of October was 1900 kcals. She is 16, 5' 9.5" and 130 pounds. The family doesn't own a car, buys organic food if it's not too expensive, and grows some of their own vegetables in their front yard.

Willie Ishulutak, an Innuit soapstone carver in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada with one day's typical food, and drink. The caloric value of his day's worth of food on a typical day in the month of October was 4700 kcals. He is 29 years of age; 5 feet, 9 inches and 143 pounds. Carving is one of the few traditions of the Inuit that has made the leap into the wage-earning modern world. Willie says he can complete two or three pieces in a day, then sell them in the evening at bars and restaurants in Iqaluit for $100 ($93 USD) each, and sometimes more.

Neil Jones, the Director of Operations at the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, with one day's worth of his typical food in the skypod of the tower. The caloric value of his day's worth of food on a typical day in June was 2600 kcals. He is 44 years of age; 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 220 pounds. The viewing platform is above the world's highest revolving restaurant, which revolves 360 degrees. The award-winning restaurant has awe-inspiring views and, for a tourist destination, surprisingly excellent food. The pricey entrance and elevator fee of about $25 per person is waived if you eat at the restaurant, making it cheaper to have lunch than to just see the sights.

Xu Zhipeng, a freelance computer graphics artist and Internet gamer, with his typical day's worth of food in his rented chair at the Ming Wang Internet Café in Shanghai, China. The caloric value of his day's worth of food in June was 1600 kcals. He is 23 years of age; 6 feet, 2 inches and 157 pounds. He lives at his computer station, day and night, sleeping there when he's tired and showering once a week at a friend's apartment. His longest continuous game lasted three days and nights. When he tires of gaming at the café he reads fantasy books.

Chen Zhen, a university student, with her typical day's worth of food on Nanjing East Road in Shanghai, China. The caloric value of her typical day's worth of food in June was 2600 kcals. She is 20 years of age; 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 106 pounds. Although she doesn't care for noodles or rice, a special rice roll is her favorite snack: black glutinous rice wrapped around youtiao (fried bread), pickled vegetables, mustard greens, and flosslike threads of dried pork. Zhen and her friends eat at KFC about three times a week, something they couldn't afford without the company's coupons. Meanwhile, her father and grandparents, who live in a tiny apartment in northeast Shanghai, go without meat during the week so they can afford to share a special meal with Zhen on her weekend visits.

Maria Ermelinda Ayme Sichigalo, a farmer and mother of eight with her typical day's worth of food in her adobe kitchen house in Tingo village, central Andes, Ecuador. The caloric value of her typical day's worth of food in the month of September was 3800 kcals. She is 37 years of age; 5 feet, 3 inches tall; and 119 pounds. With no tables or chairs, Ermelinda cooks all the family's meals while kneeling over the hearth on the earthen floor, tending an open fire of sticks and straw. Guinea pigs that skitter about looking for scraps or spilled grain will eventually end up on the fire themselves when the family eats them for a holiday treat. Because there is no chimney, the beams and thatch roof are blackened by smoke. Unvented smoke from cooking fires accounts for a high level of respiratory disease and, in one study in rural Ecuador, was accountable for half of infant mortality.

Incredible 3D Coffee Latte Art

Kazuki Yamamoto Incredible 3D Coffee Latte Art | Japanese latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto has taken coffee art to an impressive new level. While latte artists around the world are drawing oohs and ahs from their flat images on foam, this 26-year-old specializes in building actual 3D foam sculptures, some of which even climb out of their cups and reach out for others. Some of the latest temporary masterpieces swirled out of Yamamoto’s cup include a detailed giraffe, a three-eyed alien and a Hello Kitty character peeking out of a mug.

Currently, Kazuki Yamamoto is working as a barista in Cafe10g in Osaka, but the guy dreams of opening his own cafe in Tokyo one day.