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Other Stuff

However many categories I create for the content here on Atomic Shrimp, there will always be Other Stuff that don't seem to fit in any of them.


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Next Year's Cheese

Next Year's Cheese

January 2014 - Cheese is expensive - especially matured cheese - and especially, it seems, in the time just before Christmas.

But it's nice to have good cheese at Christmas - so what's the solution? Simple. Buy it after Christmas and keep it for a whole year.


Cake Fails

Cake Fails - The Recipes That Didn't Work

November 2013 - Most of the recipes here on Atomic Shrimp are of my own creation - but not all of my experiments work the first time.

Let's take a look at a few of those that didn't make the grade.


A Quiz Scoreboard Database

A Quiz Scoreboard Database

November 2013 - This is just a little Microsoft Access DB I made for managing and displaying quiz scores.


The Museum Of Disposable Forks

The Museum Of Disposable Forks

November 2013 - This is something that's been slowly building at work and I have been meaning to document it for a while.

Welcome to The Museum Of Disposable Forks!


Bacon Sugar

Bacon Sugar

Behold! This is Bacon Sugar!

I've known about the existence of Bacon Salt for a while - and there seems to be bacon flavoured everything else, but I woke up this morning wondering if Bacon Sugar is a thing - then I decided to try making some.


Price And Prejudice - Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream

Price And Prejudice - Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream

Continuing the series of articles in which we will upgrade cheap, basic food items into something that looks and tastes like it was a good deal more expensive.

In this one, we're going to upgrade some cheap vanilla ice cream by blending in chunks of chocolate brownies.


The Little Lunchbox Plan

The Little Lunchbox Plan

As you may already know, I love food - however, this means I have a tendency to pile on a few extra pounds.

Time to do something about that - and my plan is to try to restrict my food intake, but by volume - introducing the Little Lunchbox Plan.


Price And Prejudice - Honey Cure Bacon

Price And Prejudice - Honey Cure Bacon

Continuing the series of articles in which we will upgrade cheap, basic food items into something that looks and tastes like it was a good deal more expensive.

In this one, we're going to upgrade some cheap, basic streaky bacon by honey-curing it.


Price And Prejudice - Upgrading Tomato Ketchup

Price And Prejudice - Upgrading Tomato Ketchup

Continuing the series of articles in which we will upgrade cheap, basic food items into something that looks and tastes like it was a good deal more expensive.

In this one, we're going to upgrade cheap, basic tomato ketchup into a spicy gourmet version of the same.


Price and Prejudice - Upgrading Chocolate Biscuits

Price And Prejudice - Upgrading Chocolate Biscuits

The first in a series of articles in which we will upgrade cheap, basic food items into something that looks and tastes like it was a good deal more expensive.

In this one, we're going to make these delicious triple-chocolate finger biscuits.


Bacon Easter Egg

Bacon Easter Egg

Dear Internet,

I heard you like bacon, so I made this for you.

Happy Easter!


Crystallising Honey

Crystallising Honey

Crystallised honey is regarded by many as inferior to clear or smooth set honey - indeed, tips on how to clarify crystallised honey by gently melting it are common.

But some people, like me, prefer it crystallised. So here's how to deliberately crystallise a jar of clear honey.


Online Invention Dice

Online Invention Dice

This is the online version of the Atomic Shrimp Invention Dice featured on the Projects page.


Walking The Dog

Geo-Grafitti - Walking The Dog

This is an experiment in Geo-Grafitti - that is, leaving my mark on the Earth without actually leaving a mark.

This one is called 'Walking The Dog', because I walked a 2.5 mile path that sketched out the shape of a dog.


Ribwort Plantain

Ribwort Plantain Shoot Em Up

Back when I was a young lad, we didn't have computers, video games or the Internet

Instead, we had to play in a shared multiplayer fully-immersive reality environment called 'outdoors'. Here's one of the things we used to do.


Beer Yeast Bread

Beer Yeast Bread

I like doing things just a little bit wrong on purpose - this time, I thought it might be interesting to try making bread using the wrong kind of yeast - beer yeast.


The Custard Experiments

The Custard Experiments

I love custard. Egg custard is great, but I also like conflour-based custard - especially the skin that forms on top when it cools.

But there's never enough skin - so I set about trying to make more.


Making The Most Of ... Chicken

Making The Most Of ... Chicken

April 2012. Lean times - and everyone is looking for ways to cut costs - so how about squeezing three hearty family meals out of one standard chicken?

This isn't a recipe, so much as a mildly philosophical ramble on the subject of culinary efficiency and frugality.


Atomic Shrimp Redesign

Atomic Shrimp - Changing To Stay The Same

The Atomic Shrimp website is currently undergoing a complete overhaul and redesign. When this is complete, it'll look a bit different, things will be organised a bit differently (better) and it'll work better.


The Joy Of Socks

The Joy Of Socks - Wearing Odd Socks On Purpose

Wearing odd pairs of socks is silly and fun - it's like being extrovert in secret. So can we make it sillier, or more fun?


Petite Post

Petite Post - Finding The Lower Limit Of Postal Dimensions

Royal Mail has quite a lot to say about the maximum sizes and weights of items to be posted, but surprisingly little about the minimums.

This is the start of a little project to try to discover just how small an item can be successfully posted.


Collected Works

Collected Works - Books For Free

Following on from the enormous success of Project Ebenezer, I continued to find lost and discarded money on an almost daily basis.

But what use to put it to? Well, I'm going to buy books.


gleaning

Gleaning

August 2011 - My attempt to home-grow cereal crops on a small scale is not going altogether as well as I had hoped, so I've supplemented my meagre harvest by going out gleaning.


Extruded Food

Extruded Food

May 2011 - I found a second hand set of Play-Doh shaping tools in a charity shop for the bargain price of £1.50. The set includes a couple of different extruder tools which have potential for fun in the kitchen.


Cheese Experiment

Cheese Experiment

I've made acid-set cottage cheese before, in the form of Paneer, but unlike a matured cheese, the fresh curds have a very mild taste.

There doesn't seem to be much information out there describing whether acid-set curds can be pressed and aged, so I decided to try it for myself.


Podoscypha_multizonata

Podoscypha Multizonata

I think this might be the most excited I've ever been about a fungus - and it isn't even edible - so what's going on? Well, it's a bit special, because it's big, strange-looking, and really quite uncommon - it's Podoscypha multizonata.


Conkers

Conkers

October 2010. Autumn has arrived. Let's play conkers!


D ration bar

Reverse Engineering The D Ration Bar

The Military D Ration bar was a chocolate bar designed to be high in energy and highly durable and portable - to provide emergency nutrition in battle.

Let's see if I can re-create it.


Energy Bars

Energy Bars

This is an experimental attempt to make a compact, durable, tasty, high-energy foodstuff suitable for carrying and eating while walking, exploring and hiking.


project ebenezer

Project Ebenezer- Christmas Dinner For Free

Project Horseshoe (an empirical search for luck) can't really be described as a massive success - so I'm going to try something else - funding next year's Christmas dinner for free.


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A Dozen Uses For Kinder Surprise Egg Prize Pods

Kinder eggs - 20g of milky chocolate wrapped around small (and often bizarre) toy.

The toy is encased in a snap-closed plastic pod that is too good to throw away - here are a dozen different things you can do with them...


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Clouds Of Suspicion - An Audit Of The 5 Day Weather Forecast

5-day weather forecasts are available from a number of sources now - but how accurate and how reliable are they, really? - let's find out.


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Project Horseshoe - An Empirical Search For Luck

Does luck exist? Not luck in the sense of falling pianos narrowly missing preoccupied pedestrians - luck in the sense of fortuitous outcome, manufactured or provoked by items or actions considered 'lucky'.

I propose an experiment, in which every effort will be made to impart luck to an outcome - here it is.


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WDMD?

What do morons drink? You may never have wondered about this, but I did, so I set about finding out.


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FREE Charity Ads

I've decided to offer some ad space on this site to human welfare charities for free - If you have connections with a non-profit organisation that might be interested, please take a look.


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Edible Spin Art

I'm not really sure what I was thinking when this idea popped into my head - it's a fusion of food and fun - edible spin art


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Cider Yeast Bread

In the process of making cider, I had some yeast sediment to discard - this is wild yeast that occurs naturally on the skins of the apples - I couldn't help wondering if I might be able to use it to make bread


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Red Cabbage Science

Red cabbage is more than just a vegetable to be enjoyed by adults and feared by children - it can be used as a tool for science...


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What To Do With 10 Gallons Of Apple Juice

I helped out a little in a friend's orchard and he gave me 10 gallons of beautiful freshly pressed apple juice, but what can I do with it?


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The Dirty Little Secret Of Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printers are great, aren't they? ... or are they? I reveal The Dirty Little Secret of Inkjet Printers.


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Things That Go Bump In The Night

On 15 July 2008, something went bump in the night.


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What's Your Atomic Shrimp Name?

Just a bit of random fun - find out your Atomic Shrimp Name - that is, your name, if it was based on themes from elsewhere on this website.


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Moths Get Red Eye Too

I was called upon by my daughter to remove a fairly large moth from her bedroom ... I noticed two tiny, glittering brilliant pink jewels on its head - as it turns out, moths get red eye, just like everyone else.


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Making A Quill Pen

A walk alongside the Basingstoke Canal yielded some large swan feathers, in good condition.

I decided to try to make a quill pen


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Tuppenny Sausages

June 2008 - A new supermarket price war has been declared, The weapons in this war are... sausages


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Lost Gloves

For some years now, I've been collecting photographs of lost gloves - it may be the closest thing to a hobby I've ever had. Yes, I know it's a bit strange.


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Capturing And Taming Wild Yeast

Not sure if this one belongs here, or on the Wild Food page - or maybe in Projects. Anyway, this was a project where I captured wild yeasts and used them to make sourdough bread.


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Mi Alimento Tiene Muchos Ojos - My Food Has Many Eyes

I spent Easter 2007 in Spain near Puerto de Mazarron - the town has a small but excellent indoor market - at one of the fish stalls, I spotted some tiny translucent, wormy things that looked like little white fish.


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The Mouse Organ

My very first attempt at creating an interactive flash animation - here it is - The Mouse Organ.


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Wonderful!

Posted by msfred1st on Nov 4 2010 at 16:56