|I'm delighted to host round 18 of They Go Really Well Together, better known as TGRWT.|
Launched in April 2007 by Martin of blog.khymos.org, TGRWT is all about unusual flavour pairings - combining culinary ingredients in ways that we aren't familiar with from classical cooking. The scientific hypothesis behind these experiments is that if two foods have one or more key odorants in common, they might go well together and perhaps even complement and enhance each other. With the advent of modern analysis tools and the establishment of the Volatile Compounds in Food Database, this research has become much easier to undertake. But, as they say, the proof of the pudding...
|I wrote an article on this topic for the Word Of Mouth blog in March 2008, in which I discussed flavour combinations drawn from Martin's research, the work of Ferran Adrià and Heston Blumenthal and my own humble experimentation. Examples include chocolate & salt, cocoa & garlic, strawberry & coriander, trout & peppermint, mango & pine, liver & jasmine, carrot & violet, banana & parsley, harissa & apricot and saffron & beetroot. Several of these have been investigated in earlier rounds of TGRWT - with varying degrees of success.|
|For this round of TGRWT, running through the month of August, I've chosen plum and blue cheese. Your plums could be anything from Victoria to Mirabelle (or even greengages) and the cheese could be anything from Gippsland Blue to Dolcelatte to Roquefort. It's entirely up to you.|
So, what do you need to do to take part in TGRWT 18?
|1.||Prepare a dish combining plum with blue cheese (plus any other ingredients of your choosing). You can use an existing recipe (if you can find one), or come up with your own idea.|
|2.||Take a picture of the dish and write an entry in your blog by September 1st with TGRWT #18 in the title and a link back to here. Readers will be particularly interested to discover how the flavour pairing worked out, so make an attempt at describing the taste and aroma and whether you liked it or not. Don't be shy if things didn't work out the way you'd hoped. Only from the experience of failures do triumphs eventually surface!|
|3.||A round-up will be posted here in mid-September, with pictures and credits. Please email trig[dot]chef[at]gmail[dot]com with the following details: Your name, URL of your blog, URL of your TGRWT #18 post and a picture of your dish (in .png or .bmp format and at least 400px wide). If you don't have a blog, email me your name, location, recipe, photo and a brief description of how it worked out and I'll be glad to include you in the final round-up.|
|Lots of luck with your cooking - I'm looking forward to some creative and original submissions.|
Something extra to round off the meal
|Remember, you don't have to take part in this extra bit of fun, but if you are having a go then please make that clear in your email. The prize for the winning submission is that I'll develop a fine dining restaurant level version of your creation, with your name built into the title of the dish, and I'll try to have it incorporated into my menu at work. I can't promise to achieve this, but I'll do my very best.|