Creamy berry crumble – On using frozen fruits in a dessert

While making a delicious strawberry/raspberry pie the other day, I made far too much of the pie crust. It was about twice the amount I needed for making my pie. So I had to get creative and come up with something else, preferably a dessert since we still had to …

Strawberry pie – On choosing & storing fresh strawberries

Summer’s there! Warm temperatures, sun and long long light days. Living in the Netherlands, summer is no guarantee for nice weather, rain and cold(er) days are no exception. Summer for me is a synonym for berries, more specifically strawberries. It’s the thing we used to eat with our desserts as …

The secrets of orange juice packaging

While drinking a glass of freshly made orange juice a little while ago I noticed orange juice is a great vehicle for explaining all sorts of science related phenomenon. This last post in its series is all about orange juice packaging, using some of the principles discussed in earlier posts …

Why to use (orange) zest in baked goods – Chocolate babka

Not too long ago I felt like baking something new and saw a beautiful photo flashing by of a chocolate babka. It looked like delicious, a bread (I love bread in case you forgot) with chocolate (which I also happens to enjoy quite a bit). So I decided to give …

Spoilage of orange juice – a lesson in microbiology

While drinking a glass of freshly made orange juice a little while ago I noticed orange juice is a great vehicle for explaining all sorts of science related phenomenon. Today we’re talking spoilage of orange juice, ever seen moulds grow on top of your juice? In our home we don’t …

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) oxidation & orange juice

Updated: 16-Oct-2016 A few centuries ago, seamen died by the dozens on ships travelling from Europe to newly explored territories. Trips in these boats used to take weeks, if not months. Reason for a lot of these deaths: a lack of vitamin C (chemical name: ascorbic acid). The disease? Scurvy. …

Why an orange is orange

Updated: 16-Oct-2016 Just imagine how the world would look like if there weren’t any colors. All would be in black and white, just like the tv’s in the older days. Life would be less interesting, nature less beautiful and, oranges wouldn’t be orange. Ever noticed how colourful a lot of …