Many of my non-food blogger readers often say to me ‘where did you come up with that idea?’ Tough question since many ingredients and potential recipes are always floating around my brain. But this time I have an answer.
Foodie Blogroll, one of the online communities I belong to, hosts a monthly challenge called the Royal Foodie Joust. The winner of each month picks 3 ingredients which participants of the following month have to include in a dish. It’s a fun competition that stokes one’s creative juices. This month’s ingredients were: apple, cayenne and maple syrup. You see where I’m going with this?
It may make you sweat a bit, but the layers of flavors will totally entice. You’ve got heat from the cayenne pepper and jalapeño mustard; sweet from the maple syrup and apples; salt and gooeyness from the cheese; freshness from the cilantro, scallions, lime zest and starfruit; and crunch from the pumpkin seeds and toasted flatbread.
Ingredients: flatbread, apple and fennel (sliced thinly on a mandolin), shredded cheddar, sliced carambola (star fruit), cayenne pepper, maple syrup, lime zest, toasted pumpkin seeds, cilantro, scallion, jalapeño mustard.
A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!
I've always been a culinary improvisor which means I get my kicks out of recipe development. In the FOODalogue kitchen each meal is an adventure and the journey is as exciting as the destination. My favorite kitchen tools are imagination and intuition. I rarely look at a recipe, not even my own!
On these pages, I suggest food pairings and techniques to be experimented with...in your own kitchen...to your own spice levels...and to your preferred portion sizes.