Videos

Homemade Ricotta-Stuffed Ravioli

This awesome recipe (full instructions here) utilizes homemade ricotta cheese and wonton wrappers to make ravioli from scratch! Notice that they make the ricotta by using only lemon juice and whole milk, then letting it strain for a half hour.

What about the chemical makeup of ricotta cheese means that you only need whole milk and lemon juice? Why don’t you need rennet and the more complicated process that we followed to make mozzarella cheese in the lab?

Hong Kong-Style Egg Tarts

Hello! I love these videos from Buzzfeed – they’re really entertaining to watch and they have a lot of different types of cuisine. We worked with eggs last week, specifically with egg whites. However, this recipe focuses mostly on using egg yolks.

Based on what we know about the chemical differences between egg yolks and egg whites, why would this recipe focus on using the egg yolks? Why is there a difference in consistency between the tart dough and the egg mixture that is poured into the tart?

How To Make Dairy-Free Cheese

Many people are dairy-free, mostly for dietary reasons, like lactose intolerance, although vegans make the choice to be dairy-free as well. Many people with lactose intolerance dearly miss cheese because it’s super delicious and is so many foods. Additionally, buying dairy-free cheese at the supermarket can be extremely expensive. While this method is probably not inexpensive (it calls for macadamia nuts, which are about $17/lb on Amazon), it is interesting to watch.

The recipe is simple – 2c raw mac nuts, 1/4c raw pine nuts, 1/2c water, 1TBSP lemon juice, 1tsp apple cider vinegar, 1/2tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp sea salt. You just blend all the ingredients together for four minutes and refrigerate for 15 minutes. You end up with a soft cheese with a consistency similar to cream cheese or Brie, and can also freeze it in a block in order to grate it for shredded cheese.

What is it about the chemical make-up of nuts that makes them a good soft cheese substitute? Would you eat this on pizza? Should dairy-free cheese that is bought at the store be considered heavily processed?

 

How to Make Gluten Free Donuts (The Key)

As most of you know, I have an issue with eating a larger amount of gluten so this recipe will make a world of a difference for people like me. Honestly, when I was searching for gluten free recipes and How To videos for donuts, I thought this was going to take a lot of time and ingredients, but it was actually a simple and easy process.

 

I love eating sweets and I cannot stop eating them so this is basically the (DJ Khaled voice) key to success.

 

I wonder if there is any dessert or sweet out there that cannot be converted to gluten free?