Cheddar cheese on apple pie? Honey on pizza? Let’s talk about the food pairings that create your favourite flavour symphony.
I have a vivid memory of trying cheese with fruitcake for the first time. Having been hiking up the side of a waterfall in Trinidad for most of the day at the height of summer, a generous slice of cake topped with some very mature cheddar was an unexpected welcome from the hosts in the flat where we were staying.
Unexpected to find a bit of Yorkshire in the Caribbean and not a bad thing – but a bit heavy for me in the heat.
Some odd combinations have effectively become commonplace. It’s not unusual to have chili peppers in a chocolate bar, and few of us would give the cranberry sauce side to your turkey a second thought.
Asking around a bit wider via Instagram revealed a few responses I’ve never heard of before:
🍽️ Popcorn and ketchup
🍽️ Hot chocolate and…. chunks of cheese!?
🍽️ Baked beans and Yorkshire pudding
🍽️ Spaghetti and Quavers
🍽️ McDonald’s french fries dipped in milkshakes/ice cream
Some of these proved so bizarre I’d be keen to try them just to say I’ve been there.
— TODAY (@TODAYonline) April 1, 2021
That one may look like an April fool, bit it actually ended up making the menu in Singapore and going down surprisingly well with the public!
Adventurous that I am though, there’s one combination I won’t try again:
Your favourite flavour pairings
What are your favourite unlikely food combinations?
How do you discover your unexpected food parings? Do you go by others’ recommendations, happy accidents when cooking, or another way?
What unexpected combinations would you recommend to others? Which ones would you not touch with a barge pole?