Seriously I think this is my favourite one yet. Not only because it looks spectacular, but because it tasted lovely too.
There are two slightly different gelication techniques used here; i.e.: the gelling agent is the same, but the method of ‘setting’ to shape is different. I’m going to spill-the-beans on one method: The balsamic pearls are a fantastic dressing and way of enjoying the sharp delicious flavour of a good balsamic. Bringing balsamic to a boil with agar agar, cooling, then dripping into some cold oil – bam – balsamic pearls; rinse and use.
One of the key factors to any meal that tastes delicious, is using good produce. Personally, I like to use organic… it’s not always what I use, but it’s probably close to a 60/40 split. The rocket I used in this dish was fresh local organically grown rocket, as was the tomato. Most of this meal is products from my favourite store – Organic Food Market (Campbell Street Toowoomba). Why do I mention them specifically? Well, they are really nice folks, who believe in stocking only the best products…and my Saturday morning jaunts are always a fun place to share my cooking experiments, and to pick up some ideas for the week ahead. I often pickup recipes from other customers too…