Friday, April 29, 2011

Culinary Foams & Powdered Olive Oil & Spherification

How To Make Culinary Foam
Food Foams & Culinary Foams
How To Make A Culinary Foam Video

How To Powder Olive Oil

Spherification
Fooducation - My First Spherification
Spherification 101

Apple Caviar

Artistre
Food Pairing
Khymos Recipe Collection




Amuse-Bouche
Noma
Alinea


For the olive oil powder you will need a food grade chemical called Tapioca maltodextrin. The company below carries it in small sizes.

http://www.lepicerie.com/customer/product.php?productid=702700&cat=288&page=2

Once you get it you need to use a 60/40 mixture 60 % fat to 40% tapioca. You will also need a food processor to make this work

Place the tapioca in the processor add the olive oil. start the machine and make sure you scrape down the sides and bottom. May need to add more tapioca depending on the texture you are look for. If you want it fluffier pass through a tamis or fine sieve

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Minimalist Fried Squid

Fried Squid
Video
HAVING ruined many shirts over the years while frying squid, I decided it was time either to A) buy a commercial deep fryer, B) give up or C) figure this thing out. Option A was undesirable and B impossible, which left C. It turned out not to be that difficult once I accepted that my home is not a restaurant.
Squid spatters, but wet squid spatters more than dry, and lots of squid spatters much more than not so much squid. So if you dry the squid compulsively, at least by my noncompulsive standards, and you cook it in small batches, you solve the problem. A deep pan helps.

This is a compromise, clearly: you can't bring a restaurant-size platter of squid to your table, but you can gather your friends in the kitchen and feed them fresh fried squid for 15 to 20 minutes, long enough to produce a few batches and make everyone cry uncle.

In the process of this little bit of testing, I tried innumerable coatings. I have two conclusions to report: If you like cakey batter, make what amounts to a thick pancake batter. If you just want a little bit of crust (this is my preference), dredge lightly in flour; it doesn't get any simpler or better.

Recipe: Fried Squid Time: 30 minutes
Neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn, as needed
1 1/2 pounds cleaned squid, sliced into rings, tentacles cut in half lengthwise if large
Salt and ground black pepper
All-purpose flour as needed
3 or 4 jalapeƱos, cut into rings, optional
Lemon wedges for serving.

1. Put 1 1/2 to 2 inches of oil in a deep pan over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, spread about 1/4 of the squid at a time on several layers of paper towels and put another couple of layers of towels on top, blotting squid to rid it of as much moisture as possible. Season squid with salt and pepper; put flour in a bowl.

2. When oil is hot, put about 1/4 of the squid in flour, then move it to a sieve over the bowl and shake to remove any excess. Add squid to oil along with some jalapeƱos if you like, adjusting heat as necessary so temperature remains nearly constant. Fry until squid is lightly browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Start next batch while you eat the first with lemon wedges.

Yield: 4 servings.

Granola Bars

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

40 Rock Songs

Her Strut by Bob Seger
Hair Of The Dog by Nazareth
Saturday Night Special by Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Stroke by Billy Squier
Fantasy by Aldo Nova
All Over Town by April Wine
Tush by ZZ Top
Highway Star by Deep Purple
Renegade by Styx
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
Slow Ride by Foghat
Refugee by Tom Petty
Detroit Rock City by Kiss
Life's Been Good by Joe Walsh
Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy
20th Century Boy by T.Rex
Stranglehold by Ted Nugent
School's Out by Alice Cooper
It's A Long Way To The Top by AC/DC
Cherry Bomb by The Runaways
Queen Bitch by David Bowie
Powerman by The Kinks
Any Way You Want It by Journey
Funk #49 by James Gang
Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult
Fox On The Run by Sweet
That 70's Song by Cheap Trick
Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo by Rick Derringer
Bitch by The Rolling Stones
Hold Your Head Up by Argent
Never Been Any Reason by Head East
Let It Ride by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Rock 'N' Roll Machine by Triumph
Mississippi Queen by Mountain
Heavy Metal by Sammy Hagar
Rock The Nation by Montrose
The Breakup Song by Greg Kihn Band
Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride) by Don Felder
La Grange by ZZ Top
Ah! Leah! by Donnie Iris