For this month’s “They go really well together” event (TGRWT #16) hosted by Supernova Condensate I decided to leave the chicken untouched and focus on the rose component. I had long wanted to try Chad’s Lemon whip (which I’ve included in Texture) where lemon juice is thickened with xanthan and then whipped to a thick foam after addition of methyl cellulose. I started with water, a little sugar and about 10 g of rose water. Having added xanthan and methyl cellulose I tasted it and decided to double the amount of rose water, add some more sugar and add a little lemon juice for acidity. I can imagine that rose water comes in differents strengths so it’s advisable not to add all from the start.
15 g sugar
0.7 g xanthan (0.49%)
100 g water
20 g rose water
8 g lemon juice
1.2 g methyl cellulose (0.84%)
(I used Metil from Texturas)
Grind sugar and xanthan. Sprinkle into water, rose water and lemon juice with hand mixer on full speed. When the xanthan is dispersed add methyl cellulose a little by little with the mixer still on. Mix for another 5-10 minutes until bubbles are small and uniform and the foam is dense and stable. If desired the foam can be whipped with an iSi whipper charged with nitrous oxide. I served the rose foam with diced apples, stalk celery and chopped almonds as a side dish to roasted chicken. Mashed potatoes with basil leaves, topped with a good olive oil and ground pepper was nice with the chicken.
Verdict: The rose foam is thick and lucious. The rose aroma blends very well with apple aroma. Lemon, almonds and celery give a nice contrast. The overall combo was a pleasant surprise! My previous encounters with rose water have been somewhat overpowering (especially in food from the Middle East), but the rose foam was much milder as I had diluted it with plenty of water.
The foam is stable on the time scale of minutes to hours. When left overnight the bubbles coalescese, but the volume of the foam remains more or less the same. Foam from the previous day can easily be whipped up again with a hand mixer.
Newly whipped rose foam (left), 18 hours later the bubbles have coalescesed (right). I apologize for the somewhat weird colors.