Being exposed to a wide range of new ingredients and products, I have decided to share a few of these amazing new products. Most of these products are widely used in Asian Cuisine and can only be found in certain stores that specialise in Asian Cuisine. I have included the traditional name as well as a rough translation of what each item actually is. As time goes on and I become more familiar with these ingredients I will post some of my own recipes. So keep an eye out for those in the next month or so. Hope you all learn something new and put it to use next time you make a Asian fest for your Family or friend. Or even if you just able to identify those ingredients you never knew on the menu at you favourite Asian restaurant.
Choux pastry is a great recipe to have in you cooking arsenal, it is a versatile product that can be used for sweet and savoury dishes. Depending on your piping capability you will be able to pipe eclairs, profiteroles, choux buns and even choux pretzels. Making classic pastries such as Croquembouche, St. Honore, éclaires, Choux Swans and Paris-brest. If you are more of a savoury person, use all of the classics and use them in savoury applications. For example instead of filling the profiteroles with creme patisserie, use a fulling of cream cheese, smoked salmon and dill. Or use the St. Honore as a base for your next sautéed Mushroom medley with fresh ribbons of baby asparagus and a mushroom stock Veloute. Or the next time you want to make your own gnocchi, you will be able to make your own Choux pastry. Choux pastry truly has an endless amount of uses that can make your next dinner party that bit more Extraordinary.
So I have been looking around a bit for interesting things which are currently happening in the culinary world. Something that really stood out to me was a product called "Smart Knife", which in essence is a knife with software and sensors build into the blade. These sensors gives you information about the product which you are cutting. Some of the information which is gives you is how fresh the product is, the amount of vitamins and minerals in the product and bacteria levels to name but a few things. It also gives off negative ions with in return prolongs the freshness of the products you are cutting as well as prevent oxygenation of certain fruits. This is still in the development and experimental stage of production from what I can understand. If you would like to find out more about this wonderful product go have a look at the link below.
Information from: http://electroluxdesignlab.com/en/submission/smart-knife/
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