Potato Coins with Ketchup Salt – The Martian

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The Reason: “In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.” so says Mark Watney (Matt Damon), as he tries to unearth a way to feed himself over 800 odd sols on Mars until a mission can retrieve him. Thank goodness he’s a botanist. Thank heavens for the potatoes that were sent along with the Thanksgiving rations. And thank modernity for ketchup (until it runs out). When that day arrives, you’re going to be left alone on a planet, eating plain potatoes you’ve farmed in your own fecal matter. Perhaps Mark could have made his ketchup …

SubPrime Fish Stew – The Big Short

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Collateralised Debt Obligations aren’t the easiest concept to digest- that is until you have a cameo from Chef Anthony Bourdain to illuminate them: “It goes something like this: A chef buys fish on Friday. Two days later, it can’t be sold as is, it’s now too old and stinky, “So what am I going to do? Throw all this unsold fish in the garbage and take the loss? No way. Whatever crappy levels of the bond I don’t sell, I throw into the seafood stew. [Now] it’s not old fish, it’s a whole new thing.” Welcome to SubPrime Fish Stew. This is not only a metaphor for …

Seed and Water Crackers – Mad Max Fury Road

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In the post apocalyptic future of George Miller’s Fury Road, two things are particularly prized; seeds and water. You may not possess the bravery of Furiosa (Charlize Theron), or the anguish of Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) but if you can salvage enough seeds and a cup of water, you can have these.  The edges of these crackers are as jagged as the sides of the canyons and the surface as dry as the salt flats that now lie where the Green Place once was. They are ideally baked over a few hours in a low oven, though the blazing dry heat of the ochre dessert (or on top …