Sunday, May 5, 2013

Molecular Gastronomy Recipes


Culinary Physics or molecular gastronomy is a subdiscipline of food science that seeks to investigate, explain and make practical use of the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur while cooking, as well as the social, artistic and technical components of culinary and gastronomic phenomena in general. Molecular gastronomy is a modern style of cooking, which is practiced by both scientists and food professionals in many professional kitchens and labs and takes advantage of many technical innovations from the scientific disciplines.

Here are some examples of molecular gastronomy recipes:


● 100 g milk
● 233 g olive oil + 200 g extra
● salt & black pepper

1. Add milk to the beaker.
2. Slowly add the olive oil. Wait until it floats to the top.
3. Lower the immersion blender all the way to the bottom of the beaker. Without moving it from the bottom, turn it on and off a couple of times so that a thicker texture is created. After this, start slowly moving the immersion blender up and down to homogenize the entire mixture.
4. Add about 100-200 ml of extra olive oil to turn the sauce into a solid.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serving ideas: asparagus, poached egg, or polenta (
Could work as a dip for French fries. Try in potato salad, turkey sandwiches, or other places mayo is used.
-from the Alicia Foundation

30 second foam

● Two pints heavy whipping cream
● One iSi Whip
● One N20 cartridge
● One bowl, pre-chilled
● One whisk

1. Fill the iSi Whip ½ to ⅓ full of heavy whipping cream.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or other flavoring
3. Screw on the top.
4. Add N2O cartridge, then screw into place until seal is broken.
5. Turn upside down and shake for about 15-20 sec­onds.
6. Initially dispense into a large receptacle initially, in case the foam comes out too fast.
7. Serve.

2-minute mayonnaise

● 1 egg yolk
● 1 T water
● 1 dollop of Dijon mustard
● juice from half a lemon
● 1 cup neutral oil

1. Add the egg yolk, water, mustard, and lemon into a beaker.
2. Slowly pour in oil, so that it floats to the top.
3. Blend into an emulsion, starting from the bottom, so that the oil is gradually incorporated.
4. Add extra oil, until the sauce becomes solid.
-from Kenji Alt, The Food Lab­made-mayo-in-2-minutes-or-le.html alginate bath.
It is important that the yogurt spheres don’t touch since they would stick togeth­er.
3. Leave the yogurt spheres "cooking" for about 2 minutes in the alginate bath and then carefully remove them using a slotted spoon.
4. Rinse the spheres very gently with water and strain them carefully. Serve on a plate.

Yogurt Sphere (reverse spherication)

●200 g x 2 = (7 oz) of plain yogurt
● 90 g x 2 = (3.2 oz) heavy cream
● 30 g x 2 = sugar (1 oz)
● 1500 g (35 oz) of water
● 7.5 g sodium alginate

1. Start by preparing the alginate bath. Mix the so­dium alginate in the water using an immersion blender until the sodium alginate is completely dis­solved. If this is your first time doing this, be aware that this may take longer than expected. Let it rest for 24 hours in the fridge so that the air that has entered the mixture disappears and the sodium algi­nate is completely rehydrated. To create the yogurt mixture just mix all the ingredients together.
2. You are now ready to start the spherification pro­cess! Remove the alginate bath from the fridge. Scoop the yogurt mixture with a half sphere 5ml measure spoon and carefully pour it into the
4. Pour in about 60 ml of alcohol.
5. Shake for about 30 seconds. If using a cocktail shaker, instead of a Boston shaker, be sure to keep you hand on the top.
6. Pour into a cup and measure the final temperature, to show that it is below 0 °C.

Juice Spheres (direct spherification)

● 1 g sodium alginate (1 %)