Popcorn history – from the evolution of corn to microwave popcorn

The world has changed a lot the past few decades and so has our food and the way we eat it. Just think about the wide variety of fruits available nowadays (I’m pretty sure pineapples have never grown in the Netherlands) or all the different spice mixes (Mexican, Indian, Vietnamese, …

Stovetop popcorn & difference between sweet and popcorn corn

Updated: 16-Feb-2017 Popcorn = cinema = not made at home. At least, that’s how I used to think about popcorn. That changed when I discovered microwave popcorn and changed even more when I realized it’s also super simple to make stovetop popcorn! You don’t even need complicated equipment, a pan …

Why does popcorn pop? – Exploring the science of popcorn

Updated: 16-Feb-2017 Just the other day, when making stovetop popcorn at home, I was listening to the popping sounds of kernels transforming into fluffy popcorn. It got me thinking: why does popcorn pop? How do these stiff hard kernels transform in such a soft product?   To answer those questions, …

Wheat protein/gluten development – Bread vs Scones

Food chemistry is one of my favorite topics to discuss, especially when combined with actual food :-)! That’s why this month is food chemistry month. Gluten-free is currently a hot topic in baking and cooking, but gluten is too interesting to go without. That’s why this post is all about gluten …

Science of making bagels – Why & How to boil bagels

Here in the Netherlands bagels aren’t that common. You can find the plain variety in various supermarkets, but that’s about it. So, when I feel like eating special bagels, I’ll have to make them myself. That’s when I realized that the characteristic chewy, dense bagel texture is actually because of its special production process. …

Making sauerkraut – start of my experiment

This month I try to focus all of my posts on the science of fruits and vegetables (I call it fruit & vegetable science month!). Then, this morning, I was browsing through the internet and ran into a (Dutch) post on making your own sauerkraut! It so came to happen …

Dutch pancakes

As you might know, I like making pancakes. After making French crepes it’s now time to make typical Dutch pancakes. Dutch pancakes, in my opinion, are: large pancakes (one pancake should cover the complete surface of a plate), thicker than a crepe, but clearly thinner than American style pancakes. Dutch pancakes …