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Trippin’ on Acid – Miracle Frootie Wig Party

Food bloggers love an excuse to meet up over food, and in this case we had two. Firstly, Billy had gotten his hands on a packet of Miracle Frooties, little tablets that have the property of suppressing sour tastes, rendering any sour food item into something that is seemingly sweet. Also, as chocolatesuze had yet to have any sort of housewarming party for her new pad, this also served as the occasion for an unofficial or pre-housewarming party. Wigs were an entry requirement, adding a further element of interest to the party.

The cast of the Miracle Frootie/pre-housewarming wig party consisted of Billy (A Table for Two), Karen (Citrus and Candy), Yas (Hungry Digital Elf), Richard (Here Comes the Food), Howard (eatshow&tell), Suze (chocolatesuze), Helen (grabyourfork), Shez (One Bite More) and myself.

The South Park inspired avatars (courtesy of SP Studio), though as cute as they may be, are only meant to be a representation of the food bloggers and their respective wigs. In real life, they looked more like this…

Well, sort of…

The packet of the Miracle Frooties. I won’t go into too much details here regarding these tablets, the fruit they’re derived from or the active ingredient. You can find out more by clicking on the hyperlinks.

One thing I will say though is that though the tablets seemingly make sour things taste sweet, what it doesn’t do is change the acidic property of sour foods. This can lead to issues such as mouth ulcers if too many acidic food items are consumed. With that in mind, we started off the party with lunch, to not only sate our hunger but also to act as a buffer for the acidic foods to come.

Helen’s tasty trio of sushi rolls which contained chicken teriyaki, seafood stick & an inside out roll with fish roe.

My contributions to lunch were crispy dumplings, two flavours – prawn ones on the left and scallop ones on the right. These are served with a hoisin based sweet and sour dipping sauce.

As to how you make these little goodies, along with their dipping sauce? Well, that’ll be the subject of another post :)

chocolatesuze’s mother’s amazing chicken curry. This was absolutely fabulous! Rich, flavourful with a wonderful kick to it. I don’t believe there was a single person that didn’t go for seconds of this.

I would so love to know how to make this dish! :)

Another superb dish from the kitchen of chocolatesuze’s mother. A pile of what I presumed to be char siu style Chinese barbecue ribs. Moist. Meaty. Marvelous. Moreish :)

Now, with all the talk of chocolatesuze’s mother, that doesn’t mean to say that chocolatesuze didn’t contribute anything herself. Take these wonderful, pan fried roti. Fluffy on the inside, a little crispy on the outside. You can see and taste all that care and attention that went into making these. A roti worthy of praise, and a perfect pairing for the curry, even if it did come from a packet.

Ok, so they were premade roti that were reheated. Still, they were the best reheated prepackaged roti that I’ve ever had :)

This pumpkin salad with pear, pine nuts, bocconcini and assorted salad greens was also a contribution from chocolatesuze. A nice salad with interesting contrasts in texture.

Shez’s lovely dish of lentil salad. A nice, light tasting dish.

With lunch out of the way, we move on to the main event.

For something that looks like it’d taste somewhat akin to a Vitamin C tablet, it tasted of nothing with somewhat of a chalky, powdery texture to it. It wasn’t all that fun or interesting sucking on the tablet, waiting for it to dissolve in the mouth as instructed on the packet. For me, it felt like a very long 5-10 mins.

Citric acid powder seemed to be arguably one of the best items to have, having the taste and mouth feel of sherbet. This was certainly a favourite of Yas’, as he went back for it multiple times like it was some sort of narcotic. From what I hear, he paid dearly for the experience.

The strawberries were also really nice, sweet and flavourful without any hint of sourness to it. Like some of the best ripe strawberries at the height of their season.

The fruits on the platter are (clockwise from the bottom left):

Ruby Grapefruit – A favourite of some, tasting sweet without any of the usual sour/bitter notes.
Kafir Lime – Generally people disliked the taste of it, likening it to soap.
Lemons – The rival to the citric acid with regards to popularity. Though it retained some degree of sourness, it had an apparent sweetness to it that made it taste more akin to lemonade than lemons.
Pomegranate – Tasted pretty much the same but without the sourness.

Based on research from the Internet, bitter notes were also meant to be affected somewhat by the active ingredient in the Miracle Frooties. This was true to some extent. Bitter melon (pictured) had a grassy vegetative sort of taste to it, which was not generally viewed as pleasant. Tonic water tasted somewhat soda water or a weak lemonade. The bitterness was still there but there was a delayed effect of its detection on the tongue.

Sour confections such as the Warheads, initially tasted sweet. However, once the citric acid coating wore off, there wasn’t much taste to them afterwards.

Other that the ones mentioned above, interesting flavours worth noting (at least for me) are:

Sheaf Stout beer – tasted like carbonated black coffee.
Vinegar – tasted of cheap vodka.
Fromage Blanc – a normally sublime creamy soft cheese didn’t taste of anything, giving it an overall sensation of eating softened chalk or plaster.
Sour cream – the sour edge was taken off it but nothing else changed. It ended up tasting just like cream.
Passionfruit – the most interesting of the tasting selection as there seemed to be a clear gender divide to its perceived taste. The women felt like it tasted like chocolate. The men, more of a syrupy, sweet taste but unlike chocolate.

The effect of the Miracle Frootie tablet wears off in around 30 mins, though some people had the effect going, at least in some form, for close to an hour. With the active ingredient and novelty of the experience wearing off, thoughts went to dessert, as well as the pre-housewarming gift from the group to our wonderfully hospitable hostess, chocolatesuze.

chocolatesuze and her collective pre-housewarming gift from all the attending food bloggers.

For the dessert course, we had about as many dishes as we had for our mains! There were plenty of great desserts to go around.

Above is my contribution of chocolate chantilly, an invention of the molecular gastronomist Hervé This (link to his blog, if you parle français). It is mousse-like in texture but since it’s made of only chocolate and water, the chocolate comes through with more richness and intensity. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my hands on really good chocolate for this so I used whipped cream from a recently purchased cream whipper to complement the dessert (more on the cream later).

Once again, chocolate chantilly will be the subject of another blog post, though there a plenty of references around if you look for it.

Helen’s coca-cola cupcakes (recipe here). Moist, dense and really nice. Her addition of gummy coca-cola bottles and cola flavoured Wizz-Fizz sherbet to give the sensation of carbonation are a stroke of genius :)

chocolatesuze’s mother’s yummy and moist peach slice.

Pavlova roll with strawberry and passionfruit filling, courtesy of Yas. This pavlova doesn’t have the typical crunchy crust to it, something I’m not particularly fond of at any rate. Imagine making a pavlova with nothing but the light and fluffy marshmallow-like centre and this is your baby. Though it may seem quite large, it’s so light, I could probably go through half of this in one sitting.

A close up shot of the wonderful goodness of this pavlova :)

Here we have a limey tart :)

With all due respect to all other desserts present on the day (including my own), this was by far and away the best dessert of the day and, quite frankly, one of the better desserts I’ve ever had. Karen’s chocolate lime tart. The cakey chocolate casing pairs well with the sublime lime custard filling (pun intended :P). The brulee on the custard adds a nice caramel note to this dessert.

The chocolate lime tart once more *drool*

What Karen’s chocolate lime tart has in taste, Billy’s domo-kun cake has in appearance and creativity. It was almost a shame to have to eat it.

Almost.

As this was Billy’s wonderful creation, we all felt that he should be the one to carve it up. Understandably, there was a moment of hessitation when the cake was being cut for the first time.

It was a nice, dense chocolatey cake. A little on the dry side but nothing a glass of milk, tea or coffee couldn’t solve :)


This was the “more on the cream” I was referring to earier. A little whip dosed out from the cream whipper into Yas’ hand ends up moisterising his mo’ with a little assistance from Billy (top). Yas, a wonderfully generous fellow that he is, returns the favour giving Billy a budget facial – a partial mask that looks somewhat familiar…

As the afternoon rolls on to the evening, the party winds down as we start to gather our things and divide the surplus desserts between us (of which there is plenty!). We leave behind a fabulous hostess, a wonderful party, and new food experiences shared by old friends and new aquaintences alike.

What will be our next excuse to gather over food…? :)

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{ 13 comments… add one }
  • Helen (AugustusGloop) May 11, 2009, 10:21 am

    love the south park avatars!

  • FFichiban May 11, 2009, 10:27 am

    HAHA too good! A++! Mind-BLASTing! Great recount of the fun day :) I think we need to make up an excuse to have another gathering soon hee hee. How about a “Yay-Simon-is-on-holiday party” :P?

  • Karen May 11, 2009, 10:31 am

    LOL LOL love the South Park pic of us all! It actually got me giggling like a school girl.

    Oh and thanks for your awesome comments re: my humble tart. I’ll have to reserve a slice or two for you next time :)

  • billy@ATFT May 11, 2009, 10:42 am

    this is fecking brillian!! Did it take you long to do it?! Love it!

  • Yas May 11, 2009, 12:22 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Awesome post!!
    So I guess I have won a new title “Citric acid narcotic” hey? LOL

  • Simon Food Favourites May 11, 2009, 12:53 pm

    the characters are so cool. well done. your crispy dumplings look very yummy.
    s :-)

  • shez May 12, 2009, 12:12 am

    ohhhh! love love love the avatars (i finally understand what everyone is on about). and the face coverage in the other shot too – brilliant!

  • Belle@Ooh, Look May 12, 2009, 2:04 am

    Haha, love your South Park doubles! And that pill in the cup looks like something a nursing home resident would be given for lunch.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 12, 2009, 3:47 am

    I love how you’ve south parked everyone! Very cute hehe!

  • chocolatesuze May 12, 2009, 2:13 pm

    loved loved loved the southpark cartoon! esp all the detail with the clothing too! thanks again for coming and for the awesome pressie!

  • Simon May 12, 2009, 10:15 pm

    Hi Helen! Glad you liked them :)

    Hi FFichiban! Thanks dude :) Any excuse to meet up over food is a good one. Make the plans and I’ll be sure to be there! :)

    Hi Karen! I’m glad you liked these little guys and hope the reference of your chibi-C&C wasn't lost on you :)

    That would be so awesome to get another crack at your tart!

    Hi billy! Thanks man :)

    Depends on what you’re referring to with regards to how long it took.

    The “group shot” I think took about 1.5 hours, some characters such as yours or Karen’s were harder than others, though it may not look that way.

    The face blocking took me a while as well but only because I was learning as I was going. Getting the perspective right was a real pain but well worth the results :)

    Hi Yas! Glad you liked the posts C.A.N. :P

    Hi Simon! Thanks man :) The dumplings didn’t turn out too bad considering they were not freshly fried but reheated in the oven.

    Hi Shez! Thank :) The face coverage took some time to do but well worth it. Glad you liked it!

    Hi Belle! Ta muchly :) If only the meds the folks in the nursing homes get was this much fun…! hehe :)

    Hi Lorraine! Danke schön :) They are cute little guys, huh?

    Hi chocolatesuze! M goi :) Thanks for being a fabulous hostess and hope you put the present to good use and not just as a voodoo doll to relieve stress for when you’re pissed off.

    Not that you would, of course. Just saying… :)

    Don’t forget to thank everyone else. It’s a collaborative present. I just happened to be the one to present it :)

  • smileona May 14, 2009, 5:23 am

    love the wig shot LOL the amount of food you guys ate.. its amazing how u all manage ot stay in shape!

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