If, unlike me, you’re not up with the vegan or frugal kids, you’re in for the biggest PSA of your young life, so stay seated and prepare to be mind-blown.

I kept hearing about this thing called “aquafaba” and I was like TF is that? Turns out, it’s a magical liquid that can be used to almost perfectly substitute an egg in most vegan baking situations. 
As always with such fads, I presumed it was something that claimed to be from somewhere with an astonishing altitude selling at $14.99 for no more than a measly 10 grams - I was mistaken.

Turns out this precious liquid is something that I had been throwing out for years.


In recent times, I haven’t genuinely been amazed - with Trump breaking all boundaries and social expectations my standards have been subsequently depleted, for a lack of a better word.

All that was blown right out of the water when I, somewhat pessimistically, started to whip the brine and the gentle foam began to expand. “What the actual fuck,” I said to myself as I whipped it to the stiff peak stage whereby a quick flip over the head will either leave you looking like a white-froth covered knob or a fancy chef who’d give ol’ mate Ramsay a run for his money. For me, the latter was the result and I was absolutely gobsmacked.

Even if you’re not vegan and if you don’t give a shit about plant-based diets, eggs are expenny. Save them for poaching and use a bit of chickpea (or any canned legume) brine in your baking. You were only going to pour the brine down the sink so it’s as if it essentially cost you nothing.

Use it to make mousse, bind cookies, muffins, make meringues, macarons, pancakes, royal icing - unlike space on this page, the possibilities are endless. This shit gets me way more excited than a bit of unsuspecting brine ever should.

Non-vegans, let me put it like this - brace the cold no more when you’ve run out of eggs for a supermarket run. Seriously though, why would you mish to the supermarket when you could stay at home in the cold (but not as cold as outside) and make mousse to cure your winter blues.

This article first appeared in Issue 15, 2017.
Posted 1:51pm Sunday 16th July 2017 by Liani Baylis.