This series of recipes is dedicated to the dishes that inhabit international literature. In fact some of the most memorable moment of our favourite books are marked by the presence of food that we, then, generally forget. Here at DROME we have a pantry now for this food, and by reinterpreting it, we will create a special cookbook.
Our very first recipe is taken from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka:
It was only when he had reached the door that he realised what it actually was that had drawn him over to it; it was the smell of something to eat. By the door there was a dish filled with sweetened milk with little pieces of white bread floating in it. He was so pleased he almost laughed, as he was even hungrier than he had been that morning, and immediately dipped his head into the milk, nearly covering his eyes with it. But he soon drew his head back again in disappointment; not only did the pain in his tender left side make it difficult to eat the food – he was only able to eat if his whole body worked together as a snuffling whole – but the milk did not taste at all nice. Milk like this was normally his favourite drink, and his sister had certainly left it there for him because of that, but he turned, almost against his own will, away from the dish and crawled back into the centre of the room.
By adding just one other ingredient, the simple breakfast of Gregor Samsa has become now a light dessert. The idea is by the twice starred chef Moreno Cedroni.
10g white sugar
20g brown cane sugar
2,5g powdered agar agar
20g old white bread
In a small saucepan combine the milk and the white sugar and bring them to the boiling point. Once boiling, pour in the agar agar powder and whisk promptly. While whisking, turn off the stove. Now soak in the white bread and then place it in a small ramekin of your choice (this depends on the shape of the pudding you want). Add the rest of the liquid and let it cool. Remove from mould. In a non-stick frying pan let the brown sugar melt on a very low heat and pass your pudding on it, making sure all the sides get caramelized. Serve.
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