Roasted Tangerine Ice Cream

The Story – A short history of ice cream  The Tangerines: 2 1/2 cups Sugar 50 grams Unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 (about 170 grams each) Tangerines, Large Ice cream base: 3 cups Cream 2/3 cup Milk 1 Vanilla bean 2 Large Egg yolks Directions   Roasting the Tangerines:  This needs to be done one day prior…

Petite Madeleines

Story – Memories and Petite Madeleines Ingredients: 125 gs Butter, melted, then cooled 2 large Eggs 150 gs Caster sugar 150 gs Plain flour, sifted 1 tsp. Vanilla extract Pinch Salt Extra Flour, For dusting Extra Butter, for greasing Directions: Whisk eggs and sugar with electric whisk or stand mixer until pale and about three times…

Brioche and Camembert Parcels

The Story – Viennoiseries: Neither bread nor cake Brioche dough: 70 ml Milk, Heated to 20-25°C 15 grams Fresh yeast 500 grams Plain all purpose flour 6 Fresh eggs, Beaten 350 grams Unsalted butter, Room temperature 30 grams Caster sugar Brioche and camembert parcels: 6 disks each about 125g Round disks of camembert cheese Directions: The…

Chocolate brownies with fresh goat’s cheese (Chèvre)

The Story – The 2050 Food Blues Ingredients: Brownie Batter 200 grams Unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into pieces 225 grams Dark, unsweetened chocolate, chopped 2 cups Sugar 4 large Eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon Salt 1 1/3 cup Flour, sifted Goat’s cheese filling 225 grams Soft, fresh goat’s milk cheese…

Blueberry Gelato

The Story Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Milk 1 1/2 Cups Cream 2 tablespoons Skim milk powder 4 Large Egg yolks 2/3 Cup Sugar 1/8 teaspoon Guar gum 300 grams Blueberries 1/4 cup Caster sugar 3 tablespoons Lime Juice Directions: Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place…

Momofuku Milkbar Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies

The story – Cookies 1.2.3 Momofuku Milk Bar Ingredients: Cornflake Crunch 170 grams Cornflakes 40 grams Milk powder 40 grams Sugar 1 teaspoon Salt 130 grams Butter, Melted The Cookies 225 grams Butter, at room temperature 250 grams White sugar 150 grams Light brown sugar 1 Egg 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract 240 grams Bread flour…

Happy New Year – 2014

I had a very quiet holiday. I even took a few naps. Something I never do. I do not know why, cause it is actually quite nice. I also walked the dog, played with the cats, smiled at obnoxious taxi drivers and spend quite a few hours on the couch researching new ideas with food….

Egg yolks into cheese

A little while ago I read a few recipes that involve curing various proteins such as meat and fish in miso paste. A few years ago I tried fermented eggs in Hong Kong which was interesting to say the least, but i managed to get a glimpse of the process. So I thought I’d give…

Biga (pre-ferment for Italian bread)

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups Unbleached bread flour 1/2 teaspoon Instant yeast 1 cup Water, At room temperature Directions: 1. Mix flour and yeast in a large bowl. Add water and stir till everything comes together in a coarse ball. If needed adjust the flour and water, the dough should be neither too sticky or too…

Home-made Italian bread

Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups Biga 2 1/2 cups White bread flour 1 2/3 teaspoons Salt 1 tablespoon Sugar 1 teaspoon Instant yeast 1 tablespoon Olive oil 3/4 cup to 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Luke warm water, 32 to 38°C Directions: 1. If your biga has been kept in the refrigerator, remove it at least…

Melktert Ice Cream

The story Ingredients: 1 liter Full cream milk 180 milliliters Cream 2 tablespoons Skim milk powder 3 Black cardamom pods 1 Stick Cinnamon 6 Egg yolks 250 grams Sugar 1 tablespoon Naartjie zest Short crust pastry 2 tablespoons Caster sugar 1 tablespoon Cinnamon, ground Directions: 1. Roll out the pastry till quite thin. Use a…

Chocolate-Almond Buttercrunch Toffees

Ingredients: 225 grams Toasted Almond, Chopped coarsely 2 tablespoons Water 115 grams Unsalted Butter pinch Salt 200 grams Granulated sugar 50 grams Light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract 1 cup Chocloate chips Hazelnut or Walnut oil Directions: 1. Lightly oil a baking sheet. Sprinkle half the nuts into a compact…

Maguni Curd Tartlets

The story Ingredients: The tart shells 2 tablespoons Roasted almonds 3/4 cup All purpose flour 1/4 cup Caster sugar Fine seasalt 55 grams Butter, Cold 1 Egg yolk 3 1/2 tablespoons Olive oil The Curd 85 grams Butter, At room temperature 2 Eggs 2 Egg yolks 1 cup Caster sugar 2 cups Maguni juice The…

Eggs – a substance of note

The recipe Eggs are one of the most magnificent ingredients known to man or woman. Where there is a kitchen, there is an egg close by. Eggs are used for both sweet and savoury dishes, and are eaten either by themselves, or as a key part of thousands of other dishes. I cannot imagine a…

Maguni Ice Cream

The story Ingredients: 500 milliliters Cream 250 milliliters Milk 175 grams Sugar 250 milliliters Maguni juice, (juice of about 3 medium magunis) Directions: Add the cream, milk and sugar to a pot over medium heat. Heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the maguni juice and mix well. Strain the mixture into…

Mandarin sorbet

The story Ingredients: 8 Mandarin Oranges Sugar Zest one of the oranges and add the zest to a small bowl. Juice the oranges and measure the juice. Measure 50g of sugar for every 250ml of juice. For example, if you have 500ml of juice, you should have 100g of sugar. Take a tablespoon of sugar and…

Asparagus Ravioli Stuffed with Asparagus Mousse and Egg Yolk

The story  Ingredients: For the pasta: 230 grams Fresh asparagus 400 grams 00 flour 2 Egg yolks, large For the asparagus mousse: 450 grams Fresh asparagus 1 medium sized Onion 115 grams Unsalted butter 350 grams Cream cheese, Smooth 60 grams Parmesan cheese, finely grated 30 grams Soft white Bread crumbs 30 grams Unsalted butter…

Where there is smoke in a bowl, there is better ice cream

The recipe More often than not, I am confused – unable to make sense of even the most basic things. Stuck in a contemplative paralysis. With age, I have learned that I should not fear confusion. No. For confusion is the fertile soil that nurtures the seeds of curiosity. Curiosity drives learning. Learning creates knowledge…

Liquorice ice cream

The storyIngredients: 1 1/2 cups Cream 1 1/2 cups Full fat milk 1/2 teaspoon Salt 90 grams Black liquorice, finely chopped 2 Vanilla beans, split 8 Egg yolks, at room temperature 1/2 cup Sugar 1 kilogram Food grade dry ice Directions: 1. Chop the liquorice finely. Combine the cream, milk and salt in a saucepan….

Battle Soufflé

The recipe Few dishes imprint the same amount of fear on the home cook, as the puffed up, baked egg foam that is called Soufflé. For many have tried – only to end up with egg on their face –figuratively, off course. You see the problem with soufflé is not that they explode, quite the…