Macaroni pie /Baked macaroni – Dried pasta science

Sometimes making and using fresh homemade pasta is worth it (in lasagna for instance), however, I can understand that in a lot of cases people mostly consider it a lot of work without too many benefits. And in some cases, it’s downright inconvenient/impossible. And that’s the case we’ll be discussing …

How bread goes stale – Science & Tricks

One of my favorite foods by far is freshly baked bread. Unfortunately, bread doesn’t stay fresh for a long time. As soon as it comes out of the oven, the ageing process sets in. It starts getting old as soon as it comes out of the oven. Preventing ageing of …

Homemade eggless icecream – Science of corn starch custard

Not too long ago we had visitors over who don’t eat eggs. For a main course this isn’t a problem, there are plenty of things we can make without eggs. However, when it comes to dessert the eggless choices aren’t as prevalent. Therefore I experimented making homemade eggless ice cream …

Maillard reaction & Dark roux for Gumbo

When on holiday in the United States, we visited New Orleans. Even though I think most American cities aren’t the best for tourists (being used to European cities you can stroll through by foot), I liked New Orleans. We could wander around instead of having to use a car all …

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, …

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. …

Cooking potatoes in the microwave for perfect baked potatoes

Microwave potatoes? Yes, of course, it’s the best and easiest way to prepare your potatoes for a whole range of uses. In a tv segment in which chefs were answering questions of home cooks I first learned about this smart method. The question evolved around how to bake proper potatoes …