Category Archives: molecular gastronomy

Grape gel and white chocolate coated cheesecake spheres on salted caramel sand – molecular gastronomy 101 part 2


Not one to give up after my first attempt, I ended up making frozen cheesecake balls using ice cube trays and then coating them in grape gel or white chocolate. These worked beautifully.  Continue reading


Grape mousse with grape caviar on salted caramel sand


This is what to do with experiments in molecular gastronomy. Hide it in mousse. Super easy (apart from the fruit caviar part), light and with a delicious surprise of bursting ‘grapes’ in the middle. I like the added texture from the tempered white chocolate and the salted caramel sand (which also contrasted the sweetness of the grape).  Continue reading

Cheesecake grapes on salted caramel sand – adventures in molecular gastronomy continued


Cheesecake grapes

My youngest son and I love Ricardo’s café, especially their beautiful cheesecake spheres. One day, as he poked about in his apple cheesecake, admiring the apple caviar and white chocolate and gel coated sphere, he wondered if Ricardo’s could make cheesecake that looked like a bunch of grapes… (and bless him, he suggested it to one of the staff, then for the next few weeks, wandered in regularly to stare hopefully at the display to see if his suggestion had been created yet).

Ricardo's apple cheesecake

Ricardo’s apple cheesecake

This made me think, could I make something like that? Continue reading

Molecular Gastronomy for beginners – fruit ‘caviar’


Strawberry fruit caviar

I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I have been playing around for a while and have been keeping a secret of it.

I’ve been fixated with molecular gastronomy – more specifically – spherification. This is the technique that lets you make little spheres of ‘caviar’ – a thin gel membrane holding a liquid that bursts in your mouth. It’s totally amazing! OK yes, it’s total wankery too, and is perhaps a bit ‘so last year’ now. But it’s a challenge and it made me feel a little like Heston (without the genius).  Continue reading