Well Day Five was a pretty big failure when it comes to Thing A Day. I really wanted to post something, but I woke up and went to a friend’s house to help prepare food for the Super Bowl. She made queso dip, lil weenies, and football brownies. I made a mexican chicken pizza and an Italian sausage pizza. Everything was delicious and turned out great!
The Super Bowl was okay – I didn’t drink and I don’t find football very interesting, not to mention the commercials weren’t all that great. I did manage to fall asleep during the last quarter, so it is good to know it isn’t just the alcohol that makes me sleepy during football :)
I rode to the party with my friends, so I didn’t get home until 10:30, which gave me no time for Thing A Day. Today, to make up for it, I made two things.
Day Five’s designated recipe was for Lychee Cubes.
These did NOT turn out, but I think the basic theory would work for liquid spheres with something solid in the middle. I will explain how I made them, because I really think there were just a few simple errors and these would be pretty easy to fix.
One can Lychees (or any fruit packed in syrup)
One packet Sodium Alginate
1/2 teaspoon Calcium Lactate
silicon baking tray (preferrably small circular holes!)
Step 1: Make the alginate bath
This is your standard alginate bath – 2 cups water and 1 packet Sodium Alginate. Mix with an immersion blender and place in fridge for (at least) fifteen minutes. Note as you read the recipe farther, I would recommend freezing the other portion overnight. Therefore, you can probably make this bath the next day.
Step 2: Prepare Lychee syrup
Add half teaspoon Calcium Lactate to 1/2 cup canned Lychee syrup. Mix thoroughly – I had a tough time getting it mixed completely. Keep stirring until it is!
Step 3: Cut Lychees
Cut the solid pieces of lychee into small bits
Step 4: Pour into silicon tray
Pour the prepared Lychee syrup into the silicon tray. I could not find a circular tray anywhere, and I think this would work way better with a circular tray, rather than large squares. Do not fill the tray completely or it will spill everywhere.
Add the solid bits of lychee evenly into each spot.
Then, place on a baking tray (the silicon tray will bend if you don’t) and freeze.
I did NOT let mine freeze long enough. Ideally, freeze them overnight.
Step 5: Alginate bath
Pop out the lychee squares and let soak in the alginate bath for 3 minutes, then put in a rinsing bath (water).
My problem here was I put too many cubes into one bath, and they all stuck together and made a big mess. Use a big bowl and make sure the cubes are not touching.
I think this has the potential to be really cool – essentially you can make spheres/cubes that are liquid with something solid in the middle. That would look really awesome. With a few tweaks (freeze completely and don’t let them touch in the bath) I think it would be pretty easy. When I did it, they all stuck together and turned into a big gross blob!