“Is the colour natural?” is the first question to be asked whenever we have beetroot on the menu. And the answer always is everything in our kitchen are 100% Natural. We love nature. Even we imitate nature to make our food look like a beautiful scenery.
Have you ever noticed that if something natural is extremely beautiful, we say it looks like artificial. On the other hand, sometimes we admire for example an artificial object like a plastic flower, by wondering if it is natural. We like this visual game!
Innovestor Oy ordered us a series of catering for their Champagne evenings. The gatherings took place in their new office in Helsinki on December 2016. The company organised these evenings to welcome their business partners and major clients to their new office.
The organisers asked us to prepare visually and taste-wise outstanding finger foods for their guests. We came up with two different menus for four evenings, which were going to happen every Thursday within a month.
Have you ever thought that cooking is science? A series of chemical and physical reactions transforms for example a piece of meat to a tasty steak.
Molecular Gastronomy is a sub-discipline of food science that seeks to investigate the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur in cooking. Spherification technique is an example of molecular gastronomy to create little spheres that resemble the shape of real caviar.
We decided to have some eye-catching pearls in our finger foods to add more sense of luxury to them. Pomegranate is one of our favourite ingredients to work with. We created few different types of pearls by using pomegranate juice. They tasted really nice but we were not satisfied with their colours.
At one point we thought that why we try to make pearls out of pomegranate juice where pomegranate seeds themselves are true gems? These kind of moments happen when your are too much in science!
Even though pomegranate pearls were unsuccessful but we had made up our mind to have pearls. This time we tried to make saffron pearls and the result was outstanding. Saffron is the most luxurious spice in the world. It has an special yellow colour and a magical taste. The pearls looked like crystal clear round pieces of amber.
We combined all the above heavenly ingredients to create a unique culinary experience. The moment that few saffron pearls drop in vanilla swamp.
A thin slice of broccoli stem creates a cozy corner for pomegranate gems laid on Persian tapenade.
We like to put things in order...
...and we always try to keep things in order but sometimes we just cook too much. That's the time when we have to do something with the leftovers. This time beetroot got out of control.
...and more beetroots.