Tag - vegetables

The science of vegetables (and for that matter fruits), is more extensive than you might think. What about?:

  • The chemistry of its colours
  • The unique texture
  • The bitterness of a product like Brussel sprouts
  • The spiciness of peppers
  • The role of zucchini in a cake (in a chocolate cake to be precise)
  • Why it can be hard to soften an eggplant
  • How smart packaging can extend the shelf life of vegetables without any added ingredients
  • The fact that vegetables respire, even after harvest
  • Or the popping of popcorn (did you know not everyone corn can pop?)

Or continue reading for a lot of other interesting topics.

pickled and fresh cucumbers

How to make pickled cucumbers

One of my favorite ‘on-the-side’ vegetables are cucumbers, pickled or fresh. They fit well in salads, as a side to pasta or rice dishes or just as an afternoon snack. They’re very versatile. And even...

bunch of red onions

The flavour science of onion

The other day we made an onion tart that was so incredibly sweet, it was hard to believe the topping was made of just about nothing but onions. It tasted nothing like raw pungent onion and definitely reminded me that...

Squeezing tomato ketchup in a bowl to observe flow behaviour

Science of tomato ketchup

It’s probably very controversial what I’m about to say, but it’s just my humble opinion: ketchup ruins hamburgers & french fries. Like truly ruins them. It’s such a disappointment to bite...

pumpkin pancakes with sugar syrup

Why pumpkin works in pancakes

We’ve made carrot pancakes, a Dutch style, French crepes, pancakes from the oven, milk-free pancakes and pancakes without eggs. Plenty types of pancakes (and the failed rhubarb pancakes)! So why not make some...

fresh fruits on the cheesecak, ready for the last bake

Colours in fruits & vegetables

Have you ever noticed how fruits and vegetables have a wide variety of colours? The spectrum goes from orange to purple to green to bright red. It’s amazing how nature has developed all these bright and beautiful...