|Let's face it. We all know that when it comes to being the ultimate arbiter of taste, there's no-one to beat the French. There's cooking and there's classical cooking... and classical cooking at top level means French cooking. And when it comes to artistic brilliance on the plate - there's absolutely no competition. Well, leastways... that's what a Frenchman told me.|
|The other day I watched a hapless contender on British TV cooking show Masterchef: The Professionals stand in front of Michel Roux Jr. (he of the Michelin 2* Le Gavrôche) and have the audacity to knock up a dish in which pieces of orange were plated alongside potatoes.|
Quelle horreur! Quel dommage! Luckily, capital punishment has been abolished in France as well as Britain, or it might well have been Madame la Guillotine for the unfortunate contestant.
Here's an edited version of the reaction.
|Having recently hosted a round of They Go Really Well Together, my thoughts turned immediately to the prospect of They Go Really Badly Together. I'm not intending this to be a serious meme and I hope Martin Lersch won't take offence at my French colour co-ordinated version of his logo. But I simply couldn't resist inviting everyone to come up with dishes that successfully combine potato and orange.|
|The dish was created about 500 years ago when, the orange-planting Moors having earlier been vanquished by James I of Aragón, the Conquistadors brought back the potato from the Americas. Recipes are kindly offered by Cook It Simply, Apple Pie, Patis, Pâté and the combination is noted on Spain-Barcelona. There are even some recipes that combine the two varieties of Ensalada Valenciana to produce a fish, orange and potato salad, such as these from Madreshaymasdeuna and from Elbocaito. Being relatively novel, I can understand why French chefs haven't heard of these dishes. It's quite a long way from València to Paris, and even further to London, so maybe the news didn't arrive yet.|
|Please don't take the title "They Go Really Badly Together" literally and suggest saffron potato mash with kidney & orange velouté and pomegranate foam, thanks.|
Photo of Ensalada Valenciana and material for composite photo kindly provided by Jude of Apple Pie, Patis, Pâté.