Why bread gets moldy – Spoilage of bread

Ever felt really hungry and wanted to make a quick sandwich? Ever found out that the only bread there’s left has bluish/grey hairy spots on it? Luckily it hasn’t happened to me that often, but when it does, it’s always a disappointment. But why does bread at all get mouldy? …

Making and maintaining a sourdough starter

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ve probably noticed I’m a bread lover. Nothing better than a freshly baked bread. So proper bread in a restaurant is a real deal breaker for me. Good food, but bad bread, means chances are a lot smaller I will return. That …

The Casein family – Protein & cheese science

There are so many different types of cheese: brie, fresh cheese, mozzarella, gruyere, parmezan, Gouda, paneer, emmentaler and I could go on for a lot longer. What’s interesting though is how they just about all depend on one type of protein in milk: the casein proteins. Thanks to these proteins …

Spinach quiche – On the science of melty (brown) cheese

Who doesn’t like bubbly, melty, brown cheese on top of a pizza, lasagna, quiche or just about anything else? Even though I’m not the biggest melted cheese fan (I prefer a good Dutch or French cheese, at room temperature), it does make food look good and make a lot of …

Orange and lemon zest extract – Alcohol extraction

When making a dessert (hot cross waffles!) the other I needed the zest of about 1/5 of an orange and of a lemon. I don’t like using half products though. So I wanted to use all the zest in some useful way and decided to give makingmy own orange and …

Yellow vs red tomatoes – Colour science

Fruits and vegetables are probably the most colourful foods on our table. Meats and fish are all pretty similar (white/reddish), carbs are often yellow/brown/white, but fruits and vegetables can be so many different colours. These colours aren’t just pretty, they are also fascinating for scientists to study. Colour molecules are …

Naan – A recipe and guide

Not too long ago we bought a bag of pre-packed naan, boy were we sorry we did. The naan was tough and slightly dry, by far not the light (but oily) naan we’ve eaten in good Indian restaurants. We probably won’t ever buy that type of pre-packed naan again, a …