The other night after service I gave Albert a sack of candy that I´d gathered especially for El Bulli at the big Candy Expo in Chicago over the summer. He noticed the Jelly Belly Bertie Bott´s Every Flavour Beans first - the sack with the Vomit flavour. I can´t wait for Ferran to try the super sour blue raspberry foam candy. The very idea just cracks me up.
I also gave them a bag of my precious roasted seaweed that Grace - my best friend, former Paris roommate, and fellow Cordon Bleu - brought for me herself from Seoul.
At El Bulli we´re doing a snack where we take small sheets of the seaweed, pipe on four thin lines of rice puree, sprinkle on roasted white sesame seeds, let that sit out to dry overnight, then just drop them one by one into hot oil, where they curl into crunchy little snacks. I could eat a whole bag of these. This is for sure one of the items I will make at home.
So the seaweed - I just had to give up one of my treasured bags - so they might know the best kind - if Grace says they´re the best, they are the best.
So yesterday, right before family meal, Albert opened the bag and tasted it. And he liked it. And he said it was really good. And he had the photographer take a picture of it. And my little bag of seaweed - that´s part of my Essential Travel Food Bag - sat up on the pass during family meal for everyone to inspect.