Monday, January 10, 2011

Tranquility of Forest

This is one of those dish of mine which have so many components and ingredients. One of main part of the dish is "wood pudding" let's say. First, I made wood stock with hickory wood chips(some where burnt, some are just as they are), bay leaves, eucalyptus leaves, juniper berries, sassafras, glucose, honey, a few drops of vanilla since a lot of toasted barrels made of French oaks and such contains a lot of vanillin so that I thought it would make sense to add some and also to add more complexity to the stock.

I took part of wood stock and thickened with kuzu starch and made them into balls. They have very unique texture and I don' t think it is possible to achieve it otherwise.
streusels made with spices such as cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, etc, yuba, malt soil, dried thyme leaves, powdered hickory smoke powder, and dark moscovado.

I randomly placed these ingredients above so that every bite is different. So many layers of aroma and textures will definitely keep you want to have next bite. It's almost like an experience of walking in the woods and you can hear fallen leaves as you step on them and
aroma of smoke, wood, vegetal, earthiness.

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