Archive | July, 2013
Pulled pork sandwich

Smoked salt

Because I don’t have a proper smoker, my experiments with smoking foods have been pretty limited. Really, smoking can be viewed as two different processes: a cooking process, and a flavouring process. Smoking on a gas grill like mine mostly falls into the “flavouring” category, because the heat of the grill’s burners, rather than the […]

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Gin and Tonic

Friday Night Cocktail: Gin and Tonic

On a hot summer day, there is no drink I would rather have than a Gin and Tonic. So I’ve been drinking a lot of them lately, which finally gave me the impetus to make my own tonic syrup, which is then combined with club soda to produce tonic water. The defining feature of tonic […]

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Equilibrium-brined pork tenderloin

First steps in equilibrium brining

One of the terms that came up frequently right after Modernist Cuisine was released was “equilibrium brining,” but it took me a long time to fully internalize the concept and get around to trying it out. Traditional brining involves placing meat in a relatively concentrated salt solution for a short length of time. You have […]

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Mokha-Java

Mokha-Java

I was very excited recently to see that my preferred green coffee supplier, Sweet Maria’s, had a supply of coffee from Yemen, specifically named for the Yemeni port city of Mokha. As well, they had a variety of coffees from the Indonesian island of Java. These are two of the oldest sites of coffee cultivation […]

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