Vanilla Strawberry Sphere

Hi everyone! So recently I’ve been really into molecular cooking, it’s not about the food or the end result for me but it’s the experimental journey and playing with different elements that got me stimulated. This is a quick recipe for all the desert and cocktails lovers and those who would like to give molecular gastronomy a try.
You can use the measurements to turn any of your favourite liquids/cocktails into spheres and wow your friends.

Things you need for this recipes are:
2 Litres of water
Calcium lactate (E327) 5grams
Sodium Alginate (E401) 5grams
1 Punnet of fresh strawberries
2 shots of vodka
Vanilla essence
10 grams of sugar
A pinch of salt.

Time 1Hr 30minutes
Serves 8

Method:
Prepare the Sodium bath by blending 1 litre with 5 grams of Sodium Alginate for 30 seconds. Pour into a clear tub or glass bowl cover and Refrigerate for one 1hour

Next blend fresh strawberries with vodka sugar and salt.
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Strain for Strawberry puree

Add 5 grams of Calcium Lactate to the strawberry puree stir well.

Remove Sodium bath from fridge stir well to remove bubbles from the Bath.

In a new bowl add 1 litre of cold water. You should now have the Puree, Sodium Bath and Fresh Water Bath as per below
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Using a soup Spoon or table spoon scoop 1 spoonful of Puree and transfer onto the Sodium Bath, allow the compound to bathe for 2 minutes before rinsing it in fresh water.

Serve Immediately on its own as a cocktail or with your favourite desserts.

The result should look like the following.
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Good luck and hope you have as much fun playing with your food as I did. Thanks for visiting my blog xoxo

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Secret Garden Toblerone

Hi everyone, sorry I have not been well hence have not been cooking and developing recipes. I am bit better now, and to thank the boyfriend for nursing me back to life, I have decided to make him a little sweet treat. Inspired by Dessert Story secret garden range where desserts are created to look like edible pot plants, this recipe is very quick and easy to make I promise and wait till you see the surprised look on your loved ones face when you serve it up to them.

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Chilled time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:
100 grams of Toblerone blocks
1 can of whipped cream
Oreo cookies
caramel nougats.
fresh herbs or flower of your choice

You can make or own whipped cream from scratch if you like. But to avoid having to wash up additional dishes and my arms from falling off from whisking I have found a quick simple solution for $3.50 at Coles. Grab yourself one of these:

whipped cream

Melt chocolate in a plastic bowl for 90 secs on high in the microwave. Allow cool for 1 minute. Squeeze half the can of whipped cream into bowl of chocolate. Whisk rapidly until evenly blended. Place element into transparent glass and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.

Crush Oreo and Caramel nougats together (this gives it the dirt/ crushed rocks look)

Remove glass from fridge. Place crushed cookies on top of the chocolate mouse. cut out a stem of flower of your choice or mint plant or herbs and plant it onto the sweet pot. Place it onto the table as a center piece without the partner/friend’s knowledge then give them a spoon and tell them to eat it, enjoy watching their reaction =)

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24 Carat Golden Canoli

This recipe was inspired by the most expensive Golden Canoli created by Carey Lennaccaro at Sprinkled with Sugar. (you can read more here The Worlds Most Expensive Indulgence) This dessert will be great for special occasions such Valentines day, anniversary, birthday. Don’t have $26,000USD to sample the famous Golden Canoli? not a worry, reproduce it at home for less than $20.

Prep time 1 hour
Ingredients:
1 Ready made canoli shell
6 Dark chocolate Hersheys bars (or any dark chocolates of your choice)
1 sheet of 24 carat edible gold (bought on eBay for $10 inc shipping)
1 cinnamon stick
1 shot of vodka (optional)
1 cup ricotta cheese, preferably whole milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup heavy cream

*** drain ricotta cheese over a strainer for at least half an hour before using it to make the filling****

As this recipe require a lot of time to prepare, I decided to cut down the preparation time by purchasing ready made canoli shells rather than making the pastry from scratch. That allowed me time to make the fillings and focus on the luxurious presentation of this dish.

Infused Vodka: Place the cinnamon stick (you may use cinnamon powder as a substitute) in the shot glass and microwave for 40 seconds.

For the filling: In a mixing bowl, whisk the ricotta with half the shot of vodka until smooth. Sift in the powdered sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Mix to blend. In a separate bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment), beat the heavy cream until fairly stiff. With a spatula, gently fold the cream into the ricotta mixture. Refrigerate for a half hour to an hour.

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Melt the dark chocolate bars with remaining half of the vodka shot.

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Brush the melted chocolate onto the Canoli shell and allow it to rest for 30 minutes till the chocolate harden up.

Place filling in piping bag and fill the shell with cream. Carey Lennaccaro wrapped the whole gold sheet around his canoli but I thought it was abit too much and tacky looking, so I decided to break the gold sheet into gold flakes instead.

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The final product should look like the above. To add to the luxury feel I served this with a shot of pink grapefruit vodka that contained 22 carat gold flakes. (Bottle can be purchased for $100). It can also be served with an Affogato or coffee of your choice.

I hope you enjoy making the above as much as I did.

Tokyo Surf and Turf Feast

What to eat? Meat or seafood? Why not have the best of both worlds with the Surf and Turf?

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During my last trip to Tokyo Japan, I was fortunate enough the sample one of the best sashimi platters and grilled skewers Japan had to offer. It was so good, a year has passed but still I could not stop reminiscing and raving about it. That was the exact reason I thought why not try to replicate it at home.

Please be advised this dish require some TLC (Tender Loving Care) and patience with the preparation, however I assure you the end result will be truly worth your while and I guarantee the lucky person/people you are sharing this with will be impressed and intrigued. Feel free to modify leave out, add in certain element to suit your taste.

Total Prep time: 2Hours Serves 2

White bait ceviche:

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100 grams of whitebait
2 whole lemon
1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro (fresh or dried)
1/2 a chopped onion.
Pickled Ginger (optional)
salt
pepper

Method:
Squeeze the 2 lemon onto the whitebait ensuring the lemon juice covers the content, if not use additional lemon. It is important the juice covers the fish as it will cure and cook the fish. Toss the contents with a pinch of salt, pepper, ginger, cilantro and onion. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Boiled Creepy Crawls:

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Ingredients:
4 Morton Bay Bugs
4 Black tiger Prawn
1 cup white vinegar
In a pot combine Bugs and prawns boil for 8 minutes with 1 cup of white vinegar. Please do not add water as the bugs will release its own liquid. Make sure you boil with the lid on.

The Grill:
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1 Chicken breast diced
1 T bone steak
100 grams of Yellow fin Tuna
1 sweet potato or vegetable of your choice
salt
pepper

place diced breast onto skewers (you can add onion to the skewers if you like).
sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over the chicken and steak and tuna. Grill everything for 4 minutes each side.
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I found some sweet potato so I threw it on the grill too, you can use potatoes/carrots depend on your preference.

While everything is cooking. Cut the Sea Urchin open with strong pair of scissors and scoop out the roe with a soup spoon and place into ice bath immediately. Each Urchin will contain 6 Roes
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Slice tuna against the grain into sashimi pieces with a sharp knife. Make sure you use a sharp knife otherwise tuna will fall apart. After cutting up sashimi pieces for 2 people I still had lots of tuna left over so I threw it on the grill also

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Time to plate up. First up the seafood on a bed of ice to preserve freshness of the seasfood

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There you have it. The Tokyo Surf and Turf.

White Phoenix Claw Recipe (Chicken Feet in Chili Vinegar Sauce)

Hi everyone, the reason I decided to share with you this recipe is because it is super-duper easy to cook up, not only that it is super economical to make ($10 for all ingredients required) and has many health benefits. See my Chicken Feet, Why would you eat that?!?!?!?! article. I hope this recipe will help assist those with curious taste to replicate at home.

Ingredients

2 kilos of Chicken Feet;
4-6 slices Ginger (you can use ginger powder or minced ginger in a jar)
1 Green Chili
1 Red Chili
2 cups sugar
2 cups White Vinegar
1 Carrot
white pepper or Szechuan peppers

Serves 4

Preparation

1.) Boil chicken feet in water ensuring water level covers all of the chicken feet, add ginger slices/ powder. Boil on high heat for 20 mins. (you can cut down boiling time to 10 mins if you use kettle boiled water)

2.) In a separate pot add 2 cups of white vinegar on low heat.

3.) Mix in sugar, peppers and stir until sugar dissolves.

4.) Remove from heat and add 2 cups of cold water, set aside.

5.) After 20 mins remove chicken feet from heat and rinse under cold water. This prevents the chicken feet from going soggy giving it a chewy texture.

6.) Use clever and roughly chop each foot in half. This step is optional I just find that chopping the feet allows flavors in infuse into the skin a lot better.

7.) Add carrots (roughly chopped) and chilli vinegar sauce to the chicken and refrigerate overnight.

Next day enjoy your homemade collagen filled, calcium rich, low carb cold snack straight from the fridge. It should look like the below picture
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*Camera used Samsung galaxy S3, filter used Picsart HDR1

Say you love me, say you love me…then put it in a love song

Exhausted from a long demanding day at the office, boy was I excited to be home, the place where I can escape from the crazy chaos of customer complaints and expectations. As I opened the front door Fedja greeted me with an excited warm smile and smouldered me with kisses. Because I was exasperated, I did not reciprocate the love he expressed. I could see the hurt and disappointment in his eyes as I flatly walked right pass him. How could I be so polite to random strangers I barely knew but yet so cold and rude towards my loved one? I immediately apologized but it was too late the damage was already done, like a hurt little puppy he retreated to the study to allow me some much needed space. There was this temptation to stay separate with each of us tending our own task to unwind.

As I relaxed, Alicia Keys Put It In A Love Song came on. Say you love me, say you love me…then put it in a love song the lyrics sang. Like a wake up call I realized that I when I told Fedja I was sorry I was not sincere enough, and that sometimes just telling someone how sorry, how much you care or how you love someone may just not be enough. Sometimes actions speaks louder than words.

I started to google How do you show someone you love them rather than just tell them? for some inspiration on how to better express my love (because sometimes I’m just plain dumb like that). User Aurora said “I don’t think you CAN consciously show them. IT happens subconsciously and is shown in the little things that you do”. My favorite answer was by Rich T “Do something unexpected for them” *snap! snap!* That was it, I will surprise Fedja with an unexpected sweet treat (he loved anything that had extremely high contents of sugar,chocolate and Nutella).

As I rummaged through our pantry, elements I was able to find were; Ferrero Raffaelo, mixed pack of M&M’s, Jelly belly and Nutella. I scooped about 3 tablespoons full of Nutella into a sandwich bag with the corner cut off used it as a pipe bag and started to play with the sweets.

The above was the result of my creation *cough* love on a plate. As of that night I promised myself to never take my loved one for granted, and always be kind, polite and cherish the love I have everyday. As I know there are many people who can love him more than I do, but he chose to love me.

Tayaki/ Koy Fish waffles recipes

Hi Everyone,

As promised in my taiyaki street food blog here is the recipes for the koi fish waffles. Now there are many molds you can use to achieve the same end results.

waffle mould

This is the most traditional mold used to achieve the authentic taiyaki shape, it is non stick aluminum pan that can be found on Ebay for $28 AUD. I highly recommend using the non stick rather than the slighty cheaper alternative to avoid having burnt batter stuck to your pan and it is really hard to clean. These are more of a novelty item as I found that they take are quite impractical to work with, reason being is that you need to have the pan over flames with batter inside then you have to flip it over cook the other side and often the batter will drip through the gaps. Also it does not deliver consistent results sometimes you will have burnt taiyaki, other times under cooked batter. You also need to use a lot of oil or butter to base the pan prior to avoid batter from sticking to the pan.

Through many trial and errors I found that there are better value and easy to clean alternatives of non-stick electric waffle makers that can be used.

The above can be found at Japan trend for $90 USD. A bit pricey however they come in four different molds from sandwich press, to rice cake toaster, also waffle and the taiyaki molds.

This is my favourite the cake pop machine, can be found at Aldi for $15.I have the pink one and I use this machine every time I crave taiyaki, cake pops, poffertjes. The reason why I love using this unit is that it delivers same consistency bite sized (guilt free) snack every time. It doesn’t burn the batter and it cooks both sides so I do not have to worry about having dripping batter when flipping the mold over open flames. The non stick on these is so good I don’t have to use butter to base the pan like koi fish mold.

Taiyaki filled with Nutella
makes 24 bite sized in Aldi cake pop mold, approx 4 in the koi mold, 6 in the sandwich press mold.

Ingredients:
1 cup up of all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder (If you are using self raising flour this is not needed)
2 table spoons of sugar
2 cups of milk
1 egg
1/2 a cup of Nutella or filling of your choice (red bean, green tea, maple syrup, custard, jams or peanut butter)

Directions:

1. Shift the flour (very important to avoid having lumpy batter) baking powder into large mixing bowl

2. Heat pan over medium flame, if using electric maker turn on for 5 minutes.

3. Add sugar, milk and egg and mix well with a whisk till you achieve a smooth runny batter.

4. Transfer batter into squeeze bottle
squeeze
5. Squeeze batter to half of the mold and cook for 1 minute, add fillings and fill the mold cook for a minute then flip over for the koi pan. Leave it to cook for all other electric appliances for 4 minutes.

The end result should look like the below. Hope you enjoy the recipe. Feel free to be experimental and add savoury fillings like bacon and cheese its quiet tasty too.

*please be advised this thread is not sponsored in anyway, I am just recommending what I used that makes my culinary adventure more easy, fun and mess free*