• Raina

Food in Space

Updated: May 4

I am really interested in the topic food in space and I recently watched a Curiosity Stream

documentary about Heston Blumenthal's dinner in space and this post has all of my learnings.Make sure to read the whole post because at the end of the post I have added a recipe for space food you can make at home!


The documentary is about Heston Blumenthal (a three Michelin star British chef) who wants to make an experience for food in space and he first starts to make space food for Tim Peake an astronaut that went to the ISS.

Some foods that can't be taken to space -

-Ice cream

-Salt and pepper

-Pizza

-Cookies

And food in space has to be healthy too, some foods have to be hydrated and foods have to go through a big process before going out to space because there are no refrigerators in space so the foods have to stay edible for at least 6 months.


Heston took almost 2 years to create and ship the meal to space.He wanted to create an experience in space and all the food had to be canned or pouched.

Heston worked with a design team and he made some pop up cards with Tim's family's photos on it and the food can sat in the middle-

Thai Curry in a take away box-

Salmon and some vegetables inspired by Tim's trip to Alaska-

His traditional camping meal pop up card-

This food was taken to space and the experience surprised Tim

What I learnt was that food is not only eaten with one sense, we use all our senses to enjoy a meal and take us back to past experiences which we have enjoyed.As a chef, we should also look at how we present the food apart from how it tastes.

Bread pudding- Bread pudding is one of the desserts on the ISS- International Space Station.This is the recipe of a classic bread pudding , but you can add MNM's( fun fact they were one of the candies taken to the space station), chocolate chips or marshmallows.




Recipe-By Preppy Kitchen- https://preppykitchen.com/bread-pudding/ but I made some changes that I like.

I have made this recipe alcohol free and I have put in marshmallows.

For the Bread Pudding:

  • 2 cups bread ( stale bread works best)

  • 2 cups milk

  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 3 eggs large

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or paste

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter unsalted

  • 2 tablespoon flour

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or paste

  • 1 pinch salt


Instructions For the Bread Pudding:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly butter your baking dish.

  • Cube the bread into manageable pieces, roughly one inch in size. Add to an 8x8 baking dish.

  • Add milk, sugar, salt and butter to a small pot and place over medium heat. Stir occasionally until scalded. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.

  • Once cooled a bit stir in the vanilla then whisk in the eggs one at a time.

  • Pour custard over the bread. It's a good idea to reserve some to spoon over the top. This will let you soak any dry pieces on top.

  • Set it aside for about 20-30 minutes so the bread can soak the liquid in. This is optional but it helps to give the bread time to soak up all of that custard.

  • You can now add additional toppings like candies and marshmallows.

  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees F. You bread pudding is done when a knife inserted in the centre comes out cleanly.

  • Switch your oven settings to broil and broil for approximately 3-4 minutes or until the marshmallows are toasted to your liking.

For the Sauce:

  • Over a medium low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook for about 1 min (don't stop whisking)

  • Add scalded milk a bit at a time while whisking then mix in the brown sugar and and salt.

  • Stir until over heat until thickened.

  • Remove from heat, You can also flavour with a tablespoon of vanilla extract.

  • Pour over bread pudding while warm. You can make the sauce in advance and reheat on the stove before using.


Also please follow rworld.online on instagram for some great recipe ideas and food inspiration! I really appreciate the support :)

I hope this post inspired you to create new things and be innovative with food

Rai

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