Arugula Spaghetti – Experiment One

As I might have mentioned (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this but) I got a molecular gastromony kit. It arrived this week and today is my first time being able to do anything other than watch the instructional videos. I started with gelification – which is the use of agar agar. Basically I just blended up a bunch of arugula and a smidge of basil with some water.. added the juice to a pot on the stove with 2 grams of agar agar.. then heated to boiling.

Once it boils, you pipe it into a plastic tube, set it in some ice water for about 3 minutes.. then you get:

 

So the natural choice for me was a play on caprese salad.

 

Over all, I was a little underwhelmed by the flavor of the noodles (maybe not enough basil) and I wasn’t super thrilled with the look either. I was talking with a friend on speaker phone while doing this (Hi Angie!!@$##) and we were talking about what I could do instead. I thought maybe putting it in a shooter glass in layers.. but got to thinking maybe in an old fashion type glass instead. I’d put the arugula gel first, then a layer of mozzarella that I’ve cubed so it’s not one solid chunk (non gel, because ewwww!)  and a layer of tomato gel.  I think that would be delicious.

Now on to deconstructed tomato soup!

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About The Confluent Kitchen

I am food obsessed. I love trying new recipes, putzing in the kitchen, making my own cheese and other random kitchen tom-foolery. Follow my exploits.. the good, the bad, and the burnt.
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One Response to Arugula Spaghetti – Experiment One

  1. Ooo, getting very excited! I asked for a kit (for my bday) because I was very inspired by your enthusiasm we’ll see what happens in a few weeks time!

    This is amazing by the way, love your idea of Caprese salad jello shots, you should definitely go for it!

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