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Yum! Tuck into this 12-course meal in a can

Yum! Tuck into this 12-course meal

12-course meal in a can

All in One: from ravioli to rib eye steak, conveniently packaged.

Astronauts used to have it really bad when it came to orbital dining options. Freeze-dried powders and cube food made for pretty depressing fare.

Now they have everything from fresh fruit to scrambled eggs. But what they really need is this 12-course meal in a can.

British design student Christopher Godfrey doesn’t seem to have been thinking of spacefaring diners when he conceived All in One, a layered gourmet feast in a can. Doubtless the container would be unsuitable for space, but think of the gross-out fun you could have with this in zero-g.

Indeed, his description of this head-scratcher, apparently inspired by Andy Warhol, suggests it’s all about earthbound waste, not heavenly vittles.

“Contemporary culture means on every trip into town, you’re bombarded with gimmicks galore,” writes Godrey, who created the project as part of his graphic design dissertation at London’s Kingston University.

“Gimmicks often diminish their products to turn a profit, downgrading on the content but selling you something that’s ’50 percent more.’ The All in One 12-course meal offers the average Joe the chance to dine like royalty without the washing up.”

What’s on the menu in this can? Peel back the tab and feast on this:

  • A selection of local cheeses with sourdough
  • Pickled Kobe beef with charred strawberry
  • Ricotta ravioli with a soft egg yolk
  • Shiitake mushroom topped with filled peppers
  • Halibut poached in truffle butter in a coconut crepe
  • Risotto-foraged ramps, prosciutto, and fresh parmesan
  • French onion soup with fresh thyme and gruyere cheese
  • Roast pork belly and celeriac root puree
  • Palate cleanser, pear ginger juice
  • Rib eye steak with grilled mustard greens
  • Crack pie with milk ice cream on a vanilla tuile
  • French canele with a malt barley and hazelnut latte

For a closeup of the glistening layers of goodness, check out this photo. Mouth watering yet?

“I’m trying to make a statement about consumerism,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

“The All in One meal stems from researching gimmicks employed by corporations to get you to buy their product. Each individual layer is made of processed-down edible food that was then added to gelatines. They were individually poured, one by one on top of each other — with each layer taking around 60 minutes to process and set.”

So what does it taste like?

“I’m a fussy eater so I couldn’t face taking a bite,” he added. Any takers?

12-course meal in a can

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In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for students to become bogged down by the unrealistic demands of a physical educational institution. With older people pursuing the degrees they were unable to earn when they were younger, an ideological shift has developed in the way universities consider their course offerings. Students with families need ways to access educational content as readily as someone that goes to school full-time, which is where these online courses come in. They allow students of all backgrounds and social status to acquire the same education, but on their own terms.

That’s an important distinction to make, as it’s not something that all schools have readily accepted. While some cling to an archaic understanding of education and pressure students to forego all other aspects of their livelihood in pursuit of a degree, others are making progressive strides by accepting that not everyone can drop what they’re doing to listen to a lecture or participate in a class debate. There needs to be some sort of middle ground and that’s where these online courses come in.

As technology plays a bigger role in education, one of the most common concerns is what its effects are on students as opposed to more traditional forms of teaching. The short answer is that there simply isn’t any difference in terms of effectiveness, only a difference in flexibility. Instead of students matching their schedules out of school to fit the arbitrary schedules of a college, these online courses allow students to tailor their school schedule to their work and family one. This means better retention for students and a healthier class environment for all involved.

In Vista College’s case, the online courses they present in their Accredited Business Administration Associate’s Degree program ensures that not only are students prepared for their pursuit of higher degrees at other institutions, but that they are able to earn their degree while sparing themselves the heart ache of trying to balance school, work and family. In the end, that’s what a real educational institution is supposed to deliver. It’s not about tuition or extracurricular activities or listening to a professor lecture a hundred people in an auditorium. It’s about helping curious individuals pursue the areas of interest that they are most passionate in and allowing them to better themselves so that they may use that education in their related field and help others.