April 20th, 2012
I helped with the framing and mounting of the Homage to Cataluña exhibition yesterday,
but today I got on with cooking and preparing the food.
I’d spent some time working out how to put edible photographs into jelly
and then how to make the jelly taste of gin and tonic – amazingly, that seemed to be working!
I got two trays of photo jelly into the fridge and went off to the Boqueria in search of some interesting ingredients to feed the opening night expo visitors.
I went to buy two pork bellies intending to roast both of them and embed a large edible photograph into each one.
To my surprise – there seem to be about ten beef butchers and numerous stalls selling cured pork products in the market, but I could only find two pork butchers! I’m sure that the one I bought the bellies from (La Moianesa) was the best one, the lady who served me was so charming I nearly asked her out!
My next stop was the same carnisseria (beef butcher), A. Casanovas, that I’d been to back in November,
to purchase a good beef roasting joint to make English tapas (mini Yorkshire Puddings, with roast beef and horseradish). Once again I was given a very tender piece of meat weighing 2.7 kilos.
I picked up a few other things on the way back to the flat, before getting on with cooking. I browned the beef all over…
before cooking it for 50 minutes in a fan assisted oven at 180º C and letting it cool down before wrapping it up and chilling it for tomorrow.
The two big pieces of pork belly were cooked separately for about two hours at 180º C – both weighed about 2.5 kilos.
I scalded the skin with boiling water first, dried it and sprinkled on some salt. Normally I’d score the skin with a knife or scalpel, but I didn’t this time because it might be harder to get the photograph into the skin if it cracked too much.
While all the cooking was going on I cut out the edible photographic prints for the pork and finished off adding the credits and checking the Catalan subtitles for the shooting of, Homage to Cataluña video – showing at the expo tomorrow…
Incredible! I want a bite of the crispy pork skin!
Thanks – the crackling did go very well 😉
Looks like you are having fun while you work. Never saw an edible photograph in my life.
Interesting and unusual. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s post.
Lots of fun, though it’s a bit weird flavouring your friends with gin and tonic before eating them 😉
That is amazing – you are the Heston Blumenthal/Ferran Adria of the blog world….so glad the jellies set too!
Thanks – there was a lot of experimentation first 😉
Great job there dude, really impressed with the edible photos, and cracking joints of meat. Would the photos work on bread too?
Thanks Marcus – the photos probably would work on bread, though the stickier things are the better the adhesion.
You are amazing, MD! As much as I would have been wow’ed by the edible pictures and cocktail-tasting jellies, I’d have been drawn to those meat dishes like a moth to a flame. They, alone, would have been worth the price of admission.
Thanks John – it was very hard not to slice bits off the meat for a little taste or two!
Hard work putting exhibitions together. The option of eating the work when it all gets too much is a neat idea.
You can eat the work if it goes wrong, though I was glad that it all worked. The people who run the gallery are quite fantastic and have put a lot of effort into getting the show hung and looking good!
This is all so exciting – the idea of edible photos, the food, and I loved the video too. Is it OK if I link to it on my blog and blipfoto journal?
Thanks and you are very welcome to link it 😉
Els espectacles de Mestre de la llum i l’alimentació The Mistress de pesat.
That is incredible, making edible photos – you are so clever!!! Imaginative and practical too. Wouldn’t have touched the pork, but very impressive visually!
Thanks Fiona, that’s very much appreciated 😉
Everything looks wonderful MD. I was hopping you show us the photo of your lady from la boqueria 😉
She was two timing me – I caught her flirting with all the men in the Boqueria 😉