I am so excited, after my effort with the Mocha Tofu Mousse with Garlic in the last round of They Go Really Well Together, Martin has invited me to host the next round. Such an honour, with this blog being not even a month old and all!
So, TGRWT is all about flavour pairing, that is combining ingredients and flavours that wouldn't usually be put together and seeing how it turns out. The flavours for this event aren't just picked at random though, they are chosen based on the likeness of one ingredients volatile aroma compounds to the other. The theory goes that ingredients with similar volatile aroma compounds go well together, and Martin has set up this event to test this. You can read more about molecular gastronomy and flavour pairing on his blog.
The round-up for TGRWT #1 was quite small, but we are hoping that this event will grow. It is a great opportunity to experiment with flavours that you haven't tried before and be creative - It can be a bit boring making the same things and cooking with the same flavours all the time. I was a bit apprehensive about the chocolate, coffee and garlic theme last time let me tell you! I didn't (and still don't) completely understand the science behind it all, but the mousse was lovely and I would never have even thought to try it if it wasn't for this event. You really don't know how something is going to turn out until you give it a try,
So don't be shy, let your creative juices flow and see what you can create with...
drum roll please...
BANANA & PARSLEY!
The great thing about this combination is that you can use it in both savoury (think curries, casseroles, stews, salads) or sweet (think cakes, puddings, muffins, biscuits) dishes.
I especially like this challenge for two reasons: Firstly the ingredients are Yellow and Green - Aussie colours!! And secondly because bananas have recently come back down to a reasonable price here in Australia after the crisis of late last year when there was a huge banana shortage and banana prices skyrocketed, up to 7 times their original price!!
I'm looking forward to seeing what all of you wonderfully creative people can come up with!
This is how you can participate in TGRWT #2:
1. Prepare a dish that combines banana and parsley. You can either use an existing recipe (if there is any) or come up with your own.
2. Take a picture of the dish and write an entry in your blog by June 1st with TGRWT #2 in the title. Readers will be particularily interested in how the flavour pairing worked out, so make an attempt at describing the succession of taste and aroma and whether you liked it or not.
3. A round-up will be posted here (with pictures) by June 4th. Please send me an email to shouldyoueatthat (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) au with the following details: Your name, URL of blog, URL of the TGRWT #2 post and a picture for your entry in the round-up.
If you don't have a blog, email me your name, location, recipe and a brief description of how it worked out and I'll be glad to include it in the final round-up.
Good luck everyone! I'm off to think of some more ideas for my entry...