GastroBlast is an exciting hybrid food and science show where kids explore and uncover extraordinary scientific principles in action by preparing and cooking everyday foods. Along with demonstrations of easy to follow recipes, courtesy of host Link and his kitchen cupboard of friends, various chemical changes, structures, and properties of fresh, everyday foods are investigated and explained.
S01:E01 - Tomato Sauce & Pancakes
Link prepares a Tomato Sauce perfect for lasagna, pizza, and spaghetti. When Link turns up the heat on the sauce it starts to bubble up like a volcano! He turns to Secret Agent Man for a handy kitchen tool solution. Then, Link investigates how to make his Apple Oatmeal Pancakes nice and fluffy. With the help of Gastro Bob, they figure out the what ingredients work best to make a fluffy pancake!
S01:E02 - Whole Wheat Bread & Devilled Eggs
Link is keen to prove that the rising power of yeast is powerful enough to rise things other than dough. Gastro Bobs balloon experiment shows Link how yeast works, takes Gastro Bob to new heights! Then when preparing to make devilled eggs, Link discovers a green ring around some of the eggs he has boiled. Link puts on his detective had to help I.Q helps get to the bottom of this culinary crime.
S01:E03 - Chicken Fingers & Sushi
Link shares some helpful kitchen hygiene tips while preparing his crunchy oven-baked Chicken Fingers. Then, it's Sushi time! Link has some questions about rice, like which type works best when making sushi and why? With the help of I.Q, Link learns the differences between varieties of this amazing grain.
S01:E04 - Pickles and Fish Tacos
Do you like sweet or sour? Or both? Links quick recipe for Dill Pickles and Carrot Pickles recipe can help you decide, and explain the process of pickling. Caption Cook offers Link some advice on keeping Çpirate grub like pickles, from spoiling. Then, Link wants to make sure he has the perfect golden crust on the fish for his Fish Taco. Luckily I.Q knows the right chemical reaction for that
S01:E05 - Minestrone Soup & Chocolate Zucchini Loaf
What will Link make with all these vegetables and pasta? A delicious Minestrone Soup! He investigates why some vegetables take longer to cook than others in the tomato broth. Then, Zucchini for dessert? Link's into it, but panics when the recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Loaf, doesn't list any liquids? Luckily I.Q shares the botany scoop on the so-called vegetable.
S01:E06 - Granola, Granola Bars & Empanadas
Link challenges himself to a Gastro Blast kitchen first! He is going use Granola and prepares it two different ways. Link experiments with adding sticky and dry ingredients to make different textures for his Granola and Granola Bar recipes. Then, with some helpful tips about making pastry dough from I.Q., Links discovers the secrets to a delicious pastry for his Empanada recipe.
S01:E07 - Mango Mousse & Sloppy Joes
Links recipe for Mango Mousse explores the results of mixing a little bit of gelatin with some fruit and liquid ingredients. Sportscaster Chip issue over time with a bonus recipe and experiment. Then, Link shares a Sloppy Joe recipe tofu and explains why it is so good at soaking up the flavour. Gastro Bob stops by with an experiment that looks at what foods are good at absorbing flavours.
S01:E08 - Buttermilk Biscuits & Chicken Pot Pie
Links shows Captain Cook how a little bit of baking soda can make biscuits, light and tasty. Gastro Bobs experiment explores the question, does more baking soda means even fluffier biscuits? A real Gastro Blast answer! Then, Links shares an important tip when preparing a Chicken Pot Pie, and how it could be the difference between a perfectly baked pie vs. an exploding one!
S01:E09 - French Onion Soup & Guacamole
Link is chopping onions for a French Onion Soup recipe, but wonders why his eyes wont stop watering? With some investigating and Gastro Bobs help, Link gets his answer along with a solution for tear-free chopping. Then, Captain Cook is not sure what to do with his treasure chest of unripe avocados, Link has a perfect science solution to get these avocados ripe and to ready to make Guacamole.
S01:E10 - Veggie Lasagna & Lemon Meringue Pie
Link shows you how to make your own ricotta cheese for is Veggie Lasagna recipe and explains the science behind how its done. Then, Link makes a sweet and tangy Lemon Meringue Pie. Link has some good tips for making the cloud like, meringue topping light and fluffy, while I.Q shares the scientific reasons behind his tips
S01:E11 - Macaroni and Cheese & Pizza
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese starts with the sauce called a roux. The key is to get the consistency just right and Link knows how to make it just right. Then another homemade classic, Pizza with whatever toppings you desire. Link runs into an unexpected problem with some cold Pizza dough, luckily I.Q is there to explain why dough needs to rest for best results.
S01:E12 - Tossed Salad & Strawberry Shortcake
Link has some recipes for two simple salad dressings, but when he sees the salad greens he tossed much earlier with some dressing are wilted, he investigates what ingredients could cause that to happen. Then, Link has some freshly baked buttermilk biscuits comes up with a delicious Strawberry Shortcake recipe. I.Q. gives Link some tips to make the perfect airy whipped cream
S01:E13 - Stuffed Baked Potatoes & Tzatziki
What type of potato is best for making Stuffed Baked Potatoes? Link learns that not all potatoes are the same and its always a good idea to poke a few holes in a potato before you cook them, otherwise it could be an explosive situation. Then, Link has a great recipe for a Greek-style yogurt dip called Tzatziki. When Link realizes that he doesnt have enough yogurt, he gets an idea to make his own using milk.
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