Shrimps and maple syrup salad: the recipe

The book of Francois Chartier, “Taste buds and molecules”, presents a few “molecular” pairings between maple syrup and other foods. One of the most rated is with meat or fish. In this case, Chartier doesn’t precise which aromatic molecules* the two have in common with the syrup. I simply believe that the pairing meat/fish+maple syrup works well because the sugars, during the cooking process, react with the amino acids of the meat/fish. That is better known as the Maillard’s reaction that produces those compounds responsible for the typical taste of roasts or grilled food.

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All the truth about ribs and the recipe for some decent ones

I confess I never like the way Italians cook ribs (rosticciana, btw). Although they are a must of any respectable Italian bbq, honestly, I never found anything special in that piece of bone with that stiff meat attached, burn outside, raw inside :P As Neo, in Matrix, I felt there was something terribly wrong in those ribs, brutally thrown on the bbq and let carbonize with no mercy, but I never figure out what was the problem. 

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