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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Gelo di mango: the recipe (finally :))

As I wrote about one year ago, pectin is an excellent jellying agent. Pectins are extracted from fruit (usually, from some citrus’ zest) and they allow preparing jams very quickly, without boiling the fruit for hours and hours. By increasing the concentration of pectins, it is also possible to make fruit pastes and jello, all vegan, of course :)

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Vegan custard: the recipe

The idea was, indeed, to make the Sicilian gelo, replacing watermelon with mano and pineapple…after having placed the gelo in the fridge and waited patiently 4 hours (and eventually overnight, just to be 100% sure), my dessert hasn’t jellied :( Why? By browsing the web, I found that making a mano and pineapple gelo is indeed feasible…also because we use corn starch and not gelatine that will be hydrolyzed by the pineapple’s proteolytic enzymes. Can someone help me to figure this out???

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