Ingredient Chocolate

Florentines

I have read conflicting stories which suggest that Florentines were, as the name suggests, first made in Florence, and others which recount a tale whereby their invention took place in the kitchen of King Louis XIV’s to present to a party of Italian guests to his palace at Versailles.

Peanut butter brownie

One of the side effects of being both a scientist and foodie is that ideas and inspiration sometimes come about in the most unexpected of ways.  This peanut butter brownie recipe (loosely based on one from BBC Good Food) is…

Easy Ice Cream

One of my favourite food books is Americas Test Kitchen’s The Science of Good Cooking. The section on freezing shares many phrases with the steel manufacture section of my materials science books from engineering school. “Nucleation”, “crystal growth”, “supercooling”; steel…

Chai & coconut milk ice cream

I’ve recently returned from a 3 week holiday in the mighty USA; during our jaunt I became obsessed with the ‘all American diners’ – those institutions that have been running forever, open all day and all night, serving bottomless cups of filter coffee