/ agar-agar powder
/ rose water
/ sugar (optional)
images by Ivania
‘Chic and lethal’ was what one of my best friends Giuliano said to these. Isn’t that everything you look for in food? Well, maybe not usually. But these shatters are very appropriate to serve on NYE, on the last day of the crazy year that was 2016.
Last week I had a fantastic dream; I was picking up massive, thick fractures of glass from the street, holding them up to the sun to admire all their facets before putting them in my mouth. Yes, eating up all the glass fractures. I woke up and wanted to turn it into a reality.
Although I don’t enjoy cooking very much, this felt more like a science project. It took me about 8 times to get it right, photographing them was a whole other challenge – this is one of those things you have to see in 3D real life with your own human eyes.
You might have noticed that I collect all things shattered and fractures, it has slowly become an ongoing theme; bricks, concrete, glass, glass to mirrors. I’m so happy to add an edible fracture to this list.
Proudly introducing my Vodka-Rose Water-Glass Fractures, here’s how to make them:
/ agar-agar powder (available at any asian supermarket)
/ rose water (I found some colourless, natural rose water at a Turkish supermarket)
/ sugar (optional)
Take measurements, the total of liquids should be 1 liter. You decide how boozy and rosy you want to make these. The key to get your glass fractures to be as clear as possible is to add much less agar-agar powder than is recommended on the package, but enough for the jelly to still be firm. The less agar agar you add, the clearer it will be but also less firm. I used a little less than one teaspoon per 0,5 Liter. So 2 small teaspoons for 1 liter of liquids (including the vodka and rosewater).
Bring the water to a boil and add the agar-agar. Let is boil softly for a few minutes until it dissolves completely while continuing to stir. If you want them to be sweet, add in the sugar here (I kept mine plain).
Take the hot water with dissolved agar-agar off the stove and let it cool down before adding the Vodka so that the alcohol doesn’t evaporate. Stir in the rose water too.
Pour the mixture in a flat square container and set aside in the fridge for an hour.
To take out the agar-agar perfectly out of the container: put some hot boiling water in your sink, dip the bottom of container with the agar agar in it so that the bottom and the sides become hot. This will ‘melt’ the agar agar a little bit so that it will slide right out. Then put a plate on top of the container and flip it over.
You should now have a square ‘block’ of jelly. Look for a picture of a shattered window and use it as a reference to cut your square like a piece of fractured glass.
Use a serrated knife instead of a smooth one to get a better glass effect on the endges. (I wish my camera could capture the edges, they look so realistically, sharply fractured)
Serve! (And don’t forget to send me a snapshot!)