Thursday, March 13, 2014

Waxing Delicious


Beeswax Pastilles Fertilizing a Pool of Honey
Photograph by A. Schloss
Did I dream it? The lip slick was sticky - consomme gone too far. It's a smoked beet, right? I know the waiter said "beet and wax," I think he did. No way! The flavor is a waft of honey and something vaguely buttery. The blanket draping my tongue is silk, at least as light and warm as silk. 

Bitterman and I were eating at Atera, and he agrees it was a beet. But now as I look back at the menu we were handed after the meal (21 courses, 29 dishes, 5 hours in the saddle) I can find no mention of beets. I suspect we ate mere words - "beeswax" turned into "beets and wax" in our addled gustatory brains. But that's how the whole meal went. We hardly knew what we ate as we dined on pure sensation.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Salted Caramel Crispies


Crispie Salted Caramels
Photograph by A. Schloss

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If only I could! I know, the unadorned original back-of-the-box recipe for Rice Krispies® Treats (hereto after known as RKT) is perfection, and there are too many asinine embellishments already in circulation. Changing out the cereal, adding PNB, or plopping melted caramel and fleur de sel on top are all well and good, but they're superficial changes at best. I was after transformation, a process shift, tinkering with the very DNA of the RKT by re-engineering its structure from the inside out.