Hello! I’m Kelsey; a
22 23 24-year-old food science graduate student candy technologist (!) with an unhealthy obsession for everything pink, chocolate, and Parisian. I cannot stop collecting fantastic books and recipes; nor can I stop analyzing them to figure out what makes them tick.
Food has always been special to me since birth. This was apparent at my high school graduation party when 80% of the pictures showcased me admiring a meal. Since my first messy experience with cake as a toddler, I have become more interested in what food was and why it was so delicious.
Food science is something I think about every time I look at food. It’s become second nature to see a cookie and recognize that the combination of many complex reactions created the texture, taste, color, and aroma that manifests itself like magic as a simple cookie. I’ve discovered that food and ingredients camouflage themselves to the world as being utterly easy when they are anything but.
This blog is dedicated to the exploration of fantastic food with a little scientific jargon and fashion thrown in for good measure.
Because food undergoes an innumerable amount of reactions throughout a recipe, each post will focus on a reaction that causes the foremost aroma, flavor, or texture in the final product. Or, I might talk about the science of an ingredient or one particular interaction. Obviously there are many many things going on when you prepare food–even when you’re cutting an onion–so I won’t attempt to explain everything. That would just get boring. Additionally, if (and when) a reaction is used again in new recipes following the original post, I will have a super-brief refresher of the term and what may be different about that particular recipe along with a link to the original posting of the reaction.
PS you may also be wondering why the blog has peas as a focus in the title in addition to science. Even though I love all sweet things, peas are even more addicting to me. I eat them fresh, frozen, pureed, freeze-dried, and canned—surprisingly my favorite. (I know, I’m weird)
Favorite scientific reactions:
Maillard Browning—responsible for such gems as browned butter and toast!
Starch gelatinization—a key component to the structure of most baked goods and why they are so wonderful straight out of the oven…(starch gelation is the little bugger that make them not so great after cooling)
Photography:As of right now, I only have my wonderful IPhone to take pictures. But, you can view some more photos at my VSCO grid.