little victories


in a conversation with the chef today i brought up the point of modern cuisine and all the new techniques there are to work with. we both agreed that the sole purpose of these techniques is to better serve the flavor of the dish. the end should justify the means. how can we make things better, not different or new. tomorrow we are having a mushroom dinner. i used dried candy cap mushroom powder to make these croquants. i used to add the dries to the sugar when it reached the proper temperature. this time i added it when i was grinding the sugar in the spice grinder. the flavors are so much more intense as the flavoring component is not subjected to high heat. i have also made these using freeze dried bananas and they taste so much better than before. i know others have done it this way and now understanding the results, it is now a permanent technique for me.

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