1 1/4 cups water
3/4 cup grape juice
2 1.75 oz packages of powered fruit pectin
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon fruit extract
1/4 teaspoon citric acid
Pull out two large non-sticky saucepans. In one, combined grape juice, water, pectin and baking soda (it will foam up).
In the second pan, combine the corn syrup and sugar.
Place both pans over medium high heat. Bring both mixtures to a boil and then reduce the heats to medium. Cook both for roughly 8 minutes.
Once the sugar solution begins to turn a little yellow (barely starting to caramelize) it’s ready. Pull the pan off the heat and slowly pour the sugar mixture into the boiling fruit mixture – slowly.
Cook this mixture for a minute longer stirring constantly to ensure the sugar is completely melted and then remove from heat.
Adjust the flavor with a little citric acid and/or flavoring oils. Add a little food coloring if needed and then pour into another pan.
Place the pan on a level surface and allow to cure at room temperature for 2 hours.
When the candy has cured and set, scatter some superfine sugar onto a flat baking sheet. Peel the candy from the pan and lay onto the sugared baking sheet. Cut into desire shapes.
1 cup sweet glutinous rice flour
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup potato starch
Coat smooth surface with potato starch. Stir sugar in hot water. Add rice flour and stir in boiling water for 4 minutes until dough expanded. Spread the dough (mochi) on the potato starch coated surface.
Spread mochi out as thin as possible. Cut to even pieces. Coat hands with potato starch. Place a grape in the middle and wrap the mochi around the grape using your hand. Coat the plate with potato starch. Decorate. Serve warm or cool.
“In the abstract art of cooking, ingredients trump appliances, passion supersedes expertise, creativity triumphs over technique, spontaneity inspires invention, and wine makes even the worst culinary disaster taste delicious.” – Bob Blumer
Æsop. (Sixth century B.C.) Fables.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.
ONE hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. “Just the things to quench my thirst,” quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”
“IT IS EASY TO DESPISE WHAT YOU CANNOT GET.”