Saturday, January 02, 2010

Classic Food Combinations

Explaining the symbiosis and synergy of powerful food combinations is one thing, but experience and experiment with as many of them as you can. Better yet, discover on your own.

Duck and Orange

Orange and Fennel

Fennel and Arugula

Arugula and Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar and Strawberries

Strawberries and Cream

Cream and Garlic

Garlic and Haricot Verts

Haricot Verts and Almonds

Almonds and Trout

Trout and Horseradish

Horseradish and Roast Beef

Roast Beef and Potatoes

Potatoes and Duck Fat

Duck Fat and Parsnips

Parsnips and Beets

Beets and Lemon

Lemon and Poppy Seeds

Poppy Seeds and Radishes

Radishes and Sea Salt

Sea Salt and Caramel

Caramel and Chocolate

Chocolate and Red Wine

Red Wine and Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon and Truffles

Truffles and Leeks

Leeks and Chestnuts

Chestnuts and Venison

Venison and Shallots

Shallots and Corn

Corn and Chipolte

Chipolte and Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise and French Fries

French Fries and Mussels

Mussels and Saffron

Saffron and Lamb

Lamb and Cardamom

Cardamom and Rose Water

Rose Water and Pistachios

Pistachios and Artichokes

Artichokes and Mozzarella

Mozzerella and Tomatoes

Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Cucumbers and Lingonberries

Lingonberries and Wild Goose

Wild Goose and Wild Rice

Wild Rice and Sausage

Sausage and Spinach

Spinach and Pine Nuts

Pine Nuts and Couscous

Couscous and Chicken

Chicken and Peanut

Peanut and Cilantro

Cilantro and Avocado

Avocado and Grapefruit

Grapefruit and Jicama

Jicama and Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi and Mango

Mango and Thai Basil

Thai Basil and Japanese Eggplant

Japanese Eggplant and Miso

Miso and Shiso

Shiso and Yuzu

Yuzu and Tamari

Tamari and Pecans

Pecans and Pumpkin

Pumpkin and Prawns

Prawns and Sirloin

Sirloin and Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese and Asian Pears

Asian Pears and Pomegranate

Pomegranate and Yogurt

Yogurt and Meyer Lemon

Meyer Lemon and Green Olives

Green Olives and Manchego

Manchego and Quince

Quince and Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Bean and Peaches

Peaches and Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar and Bacon

Bacon and Eggs

Eggs and Cotswold Cheddar

Cotswold Cheddar and Walnuts

Walnuts and Honey

Honey and Apples

Apples and Cinnamon

Cinnamon and Star Anise

Star Anise and Mint

Mint and Grand Marnier

Grand Marnier and Crepes

Crepes and Mushrooms

Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese and Figs

Figs and Foie Gras

Foie Gras and Brioche

Brioche and Butter

Butter and Marjoram

Marjoram and Pearl Barley

Pearl Barley and Pearl Onions

Pearl Onions and Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas and Pancetta

Pancetta and Capers

Capers and Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon and Bagels

Bagels and Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese and Caviar

Caviar and Oysters

Oysters and Turkey

Turkey and Turkish Apricots

Turkish Apricots and Spanish Onions

Spanish Onions and Brisket

Brisket and Bread

Bread and Dijon Mustard

Dijon Mustard and Pork

Pork and Juniper Berries

Juniper Berries and Pineapple

Pineapple and Coconut

Coconut and Lemongrass

Lemongrass and Ginger

Ginger and Duck


Blogger Cyndy said...

Yum and Drool is all I can think of to say about this beautiful list. And your food poetry is in the shape of a fancy stair baluster.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Cyndy: I'm going to be dumping food things on this blog and a blog I started last year and did nothing with: Culinary Cube. It's purpose was twofold (so far.) One: to help me go through old three-ringed notebooks of recipes. Test them. Either save them or toss, and if "save" dump them here. Also, a group of friends used to have a group page on AOL--since deleted by AOL, but we used it as a message board, but also a recipe saver, and we lost this infamous chili recipe none of us have been able to find, so I created it for that group as well.

ALSO....I want to go back early this year and write the blog pieces I never got to last year...general tidying, so a lot of what I'm writing about may not be "timely" or "pertinent" but at least I got it done and it's there.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Roar Savage said...

I haven't tried all of those, but I LOVE tomato and mozzarella, and blue cheese and pear. (I also really like gorgonzola and fig.) Hmmm, apparently, I like cheese a lot.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Roar: I was so gungho to get back writing caught up, and write new pieces and get out and do things, and then I got a stomach flu that has completely flattened me. The last thing I'm thinking about right now is food. I "may" get a bit of banana down today--I hope.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Much of cooking is about creativity. It's these interesting pairings that make cooking about so much more than eating. In terms of time, the eating is usually an insignificant part. I can't wait to see what is up next on the menu!

Happy New Year!

11:47 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Just when I thought the list was going to end...

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a combo you're probably familiar with:
Stomach flu and ginger ale.

Call your closest Chinese delivery place and get some egg drop soup; it will help ease you back to eating. With this cold weather, it will warm you up, too.

Thanks for the new entry, Cube-y.

-- grince

2:58 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Phil: I saved that and then shifted it to my food blog. I was going to do a combo recipe behind it, then I got sick. Hello to my new friends: jello, lipton noodle soup and ice chips. I need to add that to the list: jello and ice chips, ice chips and...a SNO cone!

K? I had some Chinese soup last night. Made me SICK AS A DOG. What do they put in that stuff? MSG? It's supposed to be bland chicken soup, right? Welcome to our new world of toxic germs...FROM HELL. Can you tell I'm sick of being sick? I weighed myself this morning. I've dropped 15 pounds in less than a week. Why don't they promote this as a diet? Wait. They used to do this in Rome, didn't they?

3:37 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Perhaps you've discovered a new strain of influenza the nation can be panicked over.

Hope you feel better soon.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no! Are you feeling better yet? Stomach flus are the *worst*!!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Lucile Loupillon said...

Yummy, nice associations!! Did you try some toasts of Goat Cheese with Honey ? I also love mixing strawberries with salted flavours! ^^

7:03 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Clochette: My Maman got me started on salt with fruit, especially melon. Since I don't use much salt in my day to day, it's a safe edition.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Style Redux said...

Lovely. You could just go on forever. Some of my favorites you've listed are: mayo and french fries, chicken and peanut, capers and smoked salmon, filet mignon and truffles. This list really makes me appreciate food even more!

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

I am new to your blog, and want you to know I find your writing voice very compelling and enjoyable! I will be back.

Also, this post makes me think you'd enjoy reading a book called The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide To Culinary Creativity Based On The Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs, by Karen Page. It is all about specific pairings of foods and flavors and why they are so universally loved.

I really enjoy your blog.

1:34 PM  

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