All I Want for my Birthday

So my birthday was in Sunday Susan and I decided to go spend the weekend with our good friends who we will refer to as M&M because they’re sweet, delightful and it’s the first letter of their first names. So we had a great weekend exploring NYC all of which I’ll come back to later because there’s a lot to share and that is not what this post is about. It’s abut the most awesome birthday present that my wife got me. It’s this molecular gastronomy kit that she got from Think Geek. Sorry the pics a little grainy but it was a surprise!


So first thing I did when we got home was bust it out and give it a test run. First I measured out 1/3 cup of water.


Also 1/2 cup of honey.


One sachet with 2 grams of Agar-Agar (which is a substance extracted from red algae that creates a gel infliction process)


Mix ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.


I decided to try two different products. First was the Honey spaghetti which requires using a small plastic syringe to pump the mixture into the molds and submerge in cold water for three minutes.


And voila, honey spaghetti.


For the dumplings, I poured a small amount on to a plate, whirled it around so it would evenly coat the bottom and let rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.


Cut the shape that you need and plate as you wish! I recommend using a cold plate and cold utensils to handle it as the heat makes it soft and break very easily.


So remember, this may seem like fancy science stuff when you hear abut it but cooking is cooking a d all new techniques only require a bit of practice and patience to put it to good use.