Today’s #letslunch theme was eggs. Now, I did eggs last time when I was supposed to be doing green food (yes, I am always a step ahead, right?) so this time, I wanted to do something a bit different and a bit more challenging.
Hubs got me a molecular gastronomy kit last year for Valentine’s Day. Yes, for Valentine’s Day and being as weird as I am, I have to admit it’s the best V-day gift I have ever received, but I digress. I decided to make faux eggs – just because. I still need a lot of practice apparently. I have gotten pretty good at the faux caviar but that’s probably the easiest thing to do. Spherification of larger blobs of food is still a bit challenging for me. So join me on my journey as I tried to bring science to my kitchen & snap pics along the way. Not an easy task for someone who can’t walk & chew gum at the same time!
I start by creating a sodium alginate mixture with plain water using immersion blender. So far so good. Set this aside for 15 minutes. I like when I can set aside. Gives me a chance to screw up my courage for the next steps.
Next I simply heat milk with agar agar, to a boil & stir it into some plain Greek yoghurt. This will become the ‘egg whites’.
Then spread the mixture onto a plate & set aside to set for 15 minutes. See, there’s that ‘set aside’ part again. I love that.
Next I pureed some papaya with sugar and some calcium lactate. I didn’t have any mango on hand, which would have made a more yellow looking ‘yolk’, let’s just say that my chickens were raised on a lot of beta carotene!
Then you gently drop them into the sodium alginate bath and let them hang out for about 3 minutes. Then using a slotted spoon you ever so gently, lift them from the sodium alginate and place them into a fresh water bath to rinse.
Then place them atop your ‘egg whites’ & top with a little shaved chocolate. I would have liked to add some chocolate covered bacon strips but by this time my kitchen is a disaster & nearly every plate and spoon is dirty. So eggs is all you get!
Someone told me they loo lie tiny spaceships so I think I have to go back to the drawing board but at least I have a healthy lunch!