Monday, July 20, 2009

molecular gastronomy or not?

a few days ago i was watching a midsummer night's dream on TCM, the 1935 version. it got me thinking about my favorite shakespeare quote (from romeo and juliet).

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

so i started thinking in food terms. what's in a name? that which we call food by any other name would still be delicious.

molecular gastronomy is the study of food. molecular gastronomy explore textures, scents, temperatures and flavors in food. it's a progression of food. so why all the hate? because we dont really understand it? sometimes it's better to vent and hate than to do any research. no?

so i pose a quiz. you tell me: is it molecular gastronomy or not?

frozen aerated butter foam

encapsulated beef and mushrooms

dehydrated meat

encapsulated jalapeno and cheese

encapsulated ganache

sous vide cheese emulsion

explosion of corn

compressed and puffed grains

compressed liver

molded fat and air molecules

aerated sugar cookie

potato paper

slow oil poached flour

hot foam

dehydrated fruit puree

dehydrated ocean water

carbonized sugar crystals

extract of bones

suspended vinegar and oil emulsion

what do you think?

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[oh, for the record, i hate the term 'molecular gastronomy']

Sunday, July 12, 2009

coconut and avocado

coconut and avocado
Originally uploaded by fuzzzycatt
part of summer a la carte menu at textile:

coconut pound cake, avocado ice cream, horchata, cilantro, citrus

peach melba vacherin

peach melba vacherin
Originally uploaded by fuzzzycatt
part of summer a la carte menu at textile:

"peach melba vacherin", peach sorbet, vanilla meringue, white chocolate mousse, raspberry sauce

Friday, July 3, 2009

houston modern luxury magazine

houston magazine cover
Originally uploaded by fuzzzycatt
the cover photo of the restaurant issue by houston modern luxury is of my goat cheese and rhubarb dessert.

photo by julie soefer

watermelon and feta

watermelon and feta
Originally uploaded by fuzzzycatt
summer dessert at textile: watermelon and feta

watermelon sorbet, spiced streusel, balsamic compressed watermelon, pickled watermelon rind, feta cheesecake