Agar recipes

MY FAVOURITE THINGS: Holiday Nibbles & Edible Gifts Ideas with Seaweeds

Finding gifts for some people may be a difficult task. Offering food can be a nice solution especially if you prepare it yourself and the presentation shows an investment of time and creativity. ‘My Favourite Things’ features Home-made gift ideas and nibbles with a difference for entertaining during the Holiday Season. Making your own gifts really transforms the gesture of giving into something much more personal…isn’t it the meaning of the Season ?

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The Best Mint Jelly set with Agar

The mint jelly that my family used to serve with the lamb had nothing to do with the real thing and I remember to this day the horror in Doug’s eyes when I served it the first time! Since then, I have tasted lots of different mint sauce & jelly and I would like to share my favourite recipe.

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Charred Orange Tart With Agar Filling

I absolutely love cooking with agar. I like that I have lots of control over the resulting texture and that I can transform most dishes to suit a vegetarian or vegan diet or special diets with low sugar or ow fats. In this recipe, the custard could have been made with eggs but here, I achieve a similar result using New Zealand agar to create the creaminess. This tart is the perfect balance of the crunchiness of the pastry, the warm creaminess of the custard and the sweet caramelised chewiness of the oranges. It is a good recipe to make at this time of the year when the orange season is in full swing and we are in need of comfort food.

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No Fat Tarragon Dressing Using Agar

I would like to tell you about a use for agar that is not widely understood and yet, has been used for years in industry for food products and many other applications.

This particular property has to do with the harmonisation of a mixture when the various ingredients have different size, weight and velocity. Imagine a vinaigrette dressing for example; if it is left to stand for 15 minutes, the various ingredients will separate and some will come to the surface while others will sink to the bottom. As you shake the mixture, the oil emulsifies and keeps the other ingredients in suspension for some amount of time.

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No Fat Tarragon Dressing Using Agar

Low sugar Rhubarb, Orange & Walnut Marmalade with Agar

Agar is great in fruit jelly preparations, unlike pectin; it doesn’t need the sugar to form a gel. The good news is that you can make your own preserves with minimum sugar and still get the right texture.

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