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Art Meets Science: Royal College of Art Students Create a ‘Brinery’ Fermentation Kit

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In a move to reduce food wastage and encourage the growth of probiotic bacteria – not to say promote an interesting range of new tastes – students from the Royal College of Art have designed a ‘Brinery’; a vessel in which fruit and vegetables can be preserved in a salt and water solution, thus pickling them.

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The butternut squash-shaped vessel has a dome-shaped cap that keeps the food submerged in its brine. Most regular containers keep the carbon dioxide (a by-product of the process) within; meaning that the cap has to be loosened to release it, but the Brinery cap allows it to escape. The Brinery also allows the food to be removed via an inner vessel, without it being touched by hands or utensils, whereas with more traditional containers, mould is often the result because of contamination.

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There’s an accompanying cookbook to help diners explore a new range of tastes: “Between fresh and rotten exists a creative space in which the most compelling of flavours arise, salsas, condiments, sauces, pickles, dressings. The possibilities are endless,” said the team’s Pratik Ghosh. A dining experience is also in the works to demonstrate the health benefits of a fermented diet. Projections will be mapped onto the vessel to show how the food is broken down. SEEN predicts that it can only be a matter of time before fermenting restaurants open based on this project. London has always embraced the new with gusto, even it is the reinvention of a forgotten process.

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MO-GA: Perfectly Imperfect

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Cocktails at the General Store

SEEN is tireless in her cocktail research, and very much enjoyed travelling to Highbury last week to try The General Store’s new summer cocktail menu and to check out the new interior. She was delighted to sample a Honey Mimosa, very sweet and fruity and just the ticket after a hot journey. It was, as its name suggests, a Mimosa with just a touch of honey.

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Canaletto: A Drawing Workshop with Alexandra Blum

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Rock the Strand is Back Thursday 27th July

One of SEEN’s favourite live music events, Rock the Strand, returns to Strand Palace Hotel on Thursday 27th July for a summer showcase featuring a stellar line-up of talented artists. Curated by industry mogul Tony Moore, Rock the Strand is a free music night that showcases an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

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Love Hunt at the British Museum

SEEN had the pleasure (pun intended) of being invited to a ‘Love Hunt’ at the British Museum. The museum, founded in 1753, is committed to preserving art, culture and history, and has collected around 8 million objects. These artefacts come from every corner of the world, revealing a fragment of many significant moments in time, from Mesopotamia to the Vikings; from the Inuits to the Indians. So, when one embarks on a visit to the world famous British Museum, where does one start?