Cracking the code

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I am an avid cook and a total foodie.  There’s nothing I like more than creating a new sauce or recipe from scratch and coming up with a totally different flavor I haven’t tasted before. Unfortunately no one in my household is that interested or shares in my excitement or passion for the culinary arts when I discover something new and different, they are more ‘meat (cheese) & potato’ kind of guys

I love experiencing the same when I visit new restaurants, especially fine dining.  I am so excited to try new things and see if i can discover the chef’s secret… There is always a ‘hint’ of something they have used that you just can’t put your finger on it, it’s so subtle but you know it’s there, it’s intoxicating, the umami of flavor.  It is that very nuance that brings you back time and time again until you crack the code, either that, or you rush home and desperately search google for their secret recipe online, 9 times out of 10 you can find it online, or you try to recreate it in your kitchen at home

The culinary world just blows my mind at the moment, there are so many different stlyes of cooking, so many flavor profiles, so many new trends, you just master one and a new one is out that you just ‘have’ to try

Adding citrus brings many dishes “alive”, transforming them from …’mm, it’s okaaay’, to WOW!

If you haven’t done so already, you should, mix lemon juice through your mashed potatoes, or through your alfredo pasta, you will thank me later if you haven’t tried it already, it’s awesome with arugula salads instead of salad dressing and on sauce-less pita bread pizzas with chicken

Sun-dried tomatoes is another big bang for your buck flavor you can add to sauces like alfredo or aioli to ‘kick it up a notch’, all the better if your sundried tomatoes are homemade and roasted in a slow oven over a day, they are amazing

Anchovy is another culinary secret, it’s what makes Caesar dressing almost drinkable, you can add it to pasta sauces, home made tomato soup etc.  Goat cheese & Sea Salt is another surprising flavor, it’s the slight tang that brings food to life in goat cheese when you add it

It’s these subtle hints of flavor that keep me excited as a cook and keeps me wanting to try new things

 

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