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Fava Beans with Seaweed Pop Rocks

These are dead simple, very tasty, and wonderfully vocal – both the pop rocks and people’s reaction to them.

Shell your fava beans. Remember, favas need to be removed from the pod, and then the skin has to be removed from each bean individually. It’s a pain in the ass, but worth it once in a while.

Make the seaweed pop rocks right before serving by combining a mix of finely ground kelp, dulce, and nori with unflavored pop rocks and Maldon salt. You can grind the seaweed in advance, but if you mix the pop rocks in too early they will end up clumping together into a solid, non-poppy mass. They’re mostly sugar, and quite hydroscopic.

Saute the fava beans in butter until they smell utterly delicious. Put into small serving spoons or dishes. Sprinkle with seaweed pop rocks and serve immediately.

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2006: Lemongrass Saffron Soda and Ginger Ice Cream Float

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9 Responses to “Fava Beans with Seaweed Pop Rocks”

  1. Dayna says:

    Grown up kid food.
    My God, does that sound fun?

  2. Helen says:

    Love it Danielle, absolutely love it. There was a similar entry on the Great British menu – UK tv series where michelin starred chefs compete for a chance to showcase British produce at the Gherkin (building shaped like a Gherkin in London!). It was a blackcurrant and popping candy dessert.

  3. renee says:

    Hi Danielle,
    what would you say your leading thought in your style of cooking is? I find it is not easy to pinpoint so I am curious as to what you think.

    If I were pressed hard to summarize it, I would say it is very complex preparation with unusual ingredients, paired in unusual ways. Do you agree?
    I mean pop rocks are not in everyone’s cupboard or grocery store. Asparagus tempura? I eat it steamed, with salt, most of the time.
    have a lovely weekend.

  4. emiglia says:

    I love this idea! I find that especially recently, people are making food strange or interactive for no reason other than the fact that it’s different (like foams…) but I think this idea is totally original and really interesting as far as textures are concerned. Where do you get unflavored pop rocks?

  5. Gabi says:

    You’re always SO creative- I wish I could come cook with you and I’m sure learn a lot!

    If it’s not TOO presumptious I’ve passed on an award I received to you! You absolutely deserve it!

    Here’s the link:

  6. Lisa says:

    Wow, what a week. Miracle Fruit and now Seaweed Pop Rocks!

    Awesome idea. And what a great delivery. I have to try this. Eating can be just TOO fun!

  7. Kitt says:

    Pop rocks?!? Crazy!

    I love it.

  8. Funny I happen to be reading this while snacking on nori sheets.
    Very creative combo!

  9. I really liked your blog! Praise Bacon and Hallelujah :)

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