Mold in my Kitchen

20 days back has keep some garlic in my fridge. Today saw that some fungus has grown on it. Till some pictures. Different parts of the mold a visible in pictures.  

Takis under a foldscope

We were eating Takis and we decided to look it under a foldscope . Takis are really spicy tortia chips. We also imaged a marshmallow!! Look at all the air inside this marshmallow.   This is my first post. I am exited to join the community. AG    

Marudam Farm School: teachers workshop

A few of weeks ago, a colleague and I visited Marudam Farm School (near Thiruvannamalai), a couple of hours outside Chennai. This is one of the schools that will be part of my Foldscope project. Just as we started the discussion, a lovely seed floated by. So we decided to look at it under the…

Curdled Milk (Bio60_2018)

I stumbled across this picture somewhat by accident. Four days ago, I collected a sample from my glass of milk at breakfast, intending to examine it that same day. Much to my dismay, looking at it through my Foldscope, I saw nothing at all! In hindsight, I should have expected this – the milk was…

Surveying store supplements

Algae based supplements have become relatively common in the American market over the past 10 years and I’ve always been curious to assess 1) Is the organism on the label the same in the container? 2) Is the organism on the label the only organism in the container.  At Wholefoods in Berkeley I purchased the…

Food for a nation – what’s in my “Atta”

I have lots of memories of taking wheat grains to the “atta mill” – called Chakka. It used to be a tough job – I was small (only 10 maybe) and me and my brother would manage a bag of grains on a pedal bike and take it to the mill. We would wait for…

A microscopic classic ; onion

As a classic sample of plant cells, here is my onion membrane cells painted with methylene blue.            

Microbiology of Idli and Dosa

Prelude: I thought I was going to write a post on the microbiology of the Idli, but I worry this reads more like a cooking post. Apologies for the rambling, but I write for reproducibility and as a record for myself. The Idli and Dosa (also Dosai/Thosai) are popular fermented foods that originated in the…

Kaleidoscope of yogurt fungus!!

I often find rotting food; not just in my kitchen but also everywhere around. Often I throw it out as soon as I see it – not this time. I was surprised with the colors at first, and so I decided to dig a little deeper. Oh well, I was up for a surprise. See…