For most of us, our most "creative" food combinations tend to arise when either when the fridge is looking rather empty and we are scrambling to put together a snack or meal with very limited resources, or when we accidentally mistake sugar for salt, oil and vinegar, balsamic and soy sauce etc.
But, some people take flavour combinations much more seriously and base food pairings on scientific flavour analysis. The theory goes, that foods which share some major flavour components. For example, consider some unusual flavour combinations found on Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck menu. By whipping out your chemistry kit, you can find out that pork Liver and Jasmine flower share a key flavour compound, indole, and similarly the combination of white chocolate and caviar share amines, making these winning duos. If you are feeling inspired to check out some new flavour combos then you might enjoy this demo of a food pairing tree, an interactive visualisation for each ingredient.
After much long and hard deliberation, we at Dinnr bring you our top 5 weird and wonderful food combinations. They really shouldn't work, but they do!
1. Olive Oil and Ice Cream
Put down the bottle of caramel sauce, and grab a bottle of olive oil. Take a moment to get over how weird it might seem to eat ice cream with olive oil, and then give it a shot. It adds as much richness as any chocolate or fudge sauce!
2. Salt and Coffee
3. Smoked Salmon and Dark Chocolate
So often associated with cream cheese, the combination of smoked salmon and dark chocolate has been overlooked for too long. The saltiness of the fish combined with the sweet bitterness of the chocolate might just be a match made in heaven. Find some exciting recipes using these ingredients here
Now we have shared ours, what are your favourite and unusual food pairings?