>> Monday, April 30, 2012
I never thought I'd say this.
But, I actually miss the lab.
It's been years since I've touched a syringe, weighed out powders, or set up chemical reactions. Before law school, I worked for years as a synthetic research chemist making new molecules that could potentially become medicines. There was always a sense of excitement in trying to make something that had never been done before, hoping to find the next breakthrough.
This past weekend, the inner chemist in me finally got a chance to play.
Friends of mine gave me a molecular gastronomy set from Artistre for my birthday last fall. I can't believe it's taken me this long, but I finally cracked open my multiple bags of powders and began experimenting this weekend.
I had so much fun! All afternoon I read voraciously on the science behind techniques such as spherification, gels, and foams. I set up several "reactions", "purified" end products, and ran many test experiments.
The final result? A four-course meal consisting of various classic Asian dishes, re-interpreted with molecular gastronomy.