Was having a conversation with a mate and fellow cooking enthusiast earlier about how so many people these days seem to lack any sense of adventure when it comes to trying out new flavours. It started out with the normal complaints - people who say that all curry is horrible except a korma, people who moan about "foreign" food, how people rely on staples like Spaghetti Bolognese and Lasagne and think it's the beginning and end of Italian cusine, etc.|
We then got talking about great dishes we love which are often dismissed by others as "ew, that sounds gross" etc by people that have never tried them, or that have not been given the amount of love/ popularity we feel they deserve. This led to us discussing this, that, this, that, etc etc etc and we ended up talking about combinations that people turn their nose up at.
In that vein, given that I know there's an awful lot of foodies on EG, I thought it might be interesting to discuss/share experiences of interesting but unlikely flavour combinations (or experiences of frustratingly conservative and fussy eaters you need to cook for).
A few of my favourites:
* Vanilla ice cream and balsamic vinegar - the tartness and fruit of the vinegar complements the sugary and rich dairy perfectly)
* Chocolate and Chilli (this one is gaining in popularity and public knowledge, but it still surprises me how many people turn their nose up at it or have never heard of it)
* Lamb and Blackcurrant (the depth, acidity and sweetness of the fruit goes really well with the fatty and and slightly gamey flavour of the meat)
* Ham boiled in Coke (just trust me, it really does work)
* Raw fennel as a salad ingredient (if for no other reason that I find it odd how many people haven't even heard of Fennel)
* Tea-smoked Salmon (an easy competitor to traditonal smoked Salmon, and all it takes a bit of tinfoil, a couple of teabags, a saucepann with lid and and a hob.
Edited by darkmorgado at 04:34:33 26-07-2013
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