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Asparagus desserts

Foodpairing® not only gives you an overview of possible conventional combinations, when browsing through the trees in the Explorer you might find combinations that are new or maybe unheard of in gastronomy. Do not disregard these pairings as mere curiosa. For they often are the spark of innovative and challenging recipes. It might be worth the after-hours experiment, afterall, all pairings in our Explorer are in accordance to the main principal of Foodpairing:

 

“Foods can be combined when they share major flavor components”

 

So no matter how peculiar the pairing might seem, they share major flavor components. But always keep in mind that Foodpairing is just a starting point in new recipe generation, knowledge of the art of gastronomy is needed to design a well-balanced yet challenging recipe. It is like a diamant: the skill of the master is needed to allow it to shine.

 

That being said, let’s make an asparagus dessert!

When investigating the Foodpairing tree of Asparagus, one finds that asparagus pairs well with fruits such as Litchi and Raspberry. When browsing the pastry category, one finds a large host of cocao pairings.

The pairing of asparagus – dark chocolate – raspberry will be core of our recipe.

In order to find more interesting pairings, one might browse the Foodpairing tree of Raspberry. Nice matches can be found with rhubarb, lemon balm and pepper mint. These ingredients will bring freshness to the dish; each in their own way.

Furthermore, the addition of the raspberry to the recipe allows the combination of asparagus with rhubarb, lemon and lemon balm. No direct pairings can be observed between these ingredients and asparagus. The raspberry forms a “flavour bridge” between the asparagus and the mentioned ingredients.

The recipe

  • 4 asparagus AA
  • lemon juice
  • sugar syrup
  • soft, fruity olive oil
  • 3 raspberries
  • 1 stalk rhubarb
  • 2 dl sugar syrup 50%
  • 40 g melted dark chocolate
  • 20 g kaolin
  • 16 raspberries
  • dark chocolate
  • lemon verbena

Asparagus:
Peel the asparagus. Slice it with a peeler in very thin ribbonns. Add some lemon juice, sugar syrup and olive oil.

Rhubarb:
Peel the rhubarb and cut the stalk into pieces. Add the sugar syrup and 3 raspberries. Bring to a boil. Cover with some tinfoil and put in a preheated oven (90°C). Cook al dente and allow to cool in the syrup.

Mix the molten chocolate with the kaolin

Assembly:
Arrange the asparagus on the plate. Putin the pieces of rhubarb, raspberries and bit of chocolate. Finish with some lemon verbena.

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Savory smoothie recipes

Fruits are the traditional first choice for smoothies, but let’s take a look beyond convention and start experimenting with the veggies and herbs in savory smoothie recipes

When investigating the Foodpairing® tree of milk and turning our heads towards the vegetable category, you’ll spot cucumber –use the category filter in the listview to get a list of best matching vegetables. Cucumber consists of more than 90% of water, so instead of adding crushed ice to get the smoothie cold, just refrigerate the blended cucumber before use. Next we add olive oil for the body, cilantro and chives for some kick and sherry vinegar to brighten the flavours. All ingredients were found with the help of the Foodpairing® Explorer.

Recipe

  • 335 g cucumber
  • 3 g of cilantro
  • 18 g chives
  • 175 g milk
  • 10 g sherry vinegar
  • 75 g olive oil
  • pepper and salt

Dice the cucumber. Chop the chives and cilantro. Blend all ingredients. Add the olive oil in a continuous trickle. Season to taste, pass through a fine mesh and refrigerate.

Serve with garnishes like shrimp or mussels.

Next recipe was also made staring from the Foodpairing tree of milk, it’s a savory smoothie with tomato and basil:

Recipe

  • 255 g canned tomatoes*
  • 3 g basil
  • 100 g milk
  • 20 g mozzarella water
  • 25 g mozzarella
  • pepper and salt

Blend all ingredients. Season to taste, pass through a fine mesh and refrigerate.

* canned tomatoes give more taste to the smoothie than fresh one.

Furaneol is one of the molecules tomato and strawberry share. The same goes for raspberry and tomato, applying this neat little combo in a veggie smoothie is just magic. For the base we selected mozzarella but cottage cheese would also be great, added some fresh basil to give it a nice twist. When you get the proportions right one can enhance the fruitiness of tomato by adding strawberries or raspberries without losing the characteristic tomato flavor.

Recipe

  • 255 g canned tomatoes
  • 3 g basil
  • 150 g milk
  • 40 g raspberries
  • 10 g ketchup
  • pepper and salt

Blend all ingredients. Season to taste, pass through a fine mesh and refrigerate.

Let’s talk milk. Milk is easy to infuse, this is because of its colloidal  (fat + water) properties. Infused milk allows for new aroma incorporation in a smoothie without using the actual flavoring ingredients; which could otherwise present textural, taste or other technical difficulties. Traditional examples are vanilla, cinnamon or anise infused milk. But please do go wild with the infusions, our favorites are shrimp, bacon, chicken skin and smoke infused milk. In our previous article about smoothies there is a smoothie with oat infused milk. Here is a more challenging recipe with bacon flavored milk.

Recipe

Bacon flavoured milk

  • 5 dl milk
  • 150 g smoked bacon

Bring the milk to the boil. Dice the smoked bacon and add to the hot milk. Cover with plastic clingfilm. Let infuse for at least 1 hour. Sieve

 

Smoothie

  • 150 g bacon flavoured milk
  • 100 g cooked peas
  • 1 g mint
  • pepper and salt

Blend all ingredients. Season to taste, pass through a fine mesh and refrigerate.

 

Instead of using plain olive oil in the cucumber smoothie, we can create more depth by using an infused oil. Here’s an example with red bell pepper and tomato.

Recipe

 

Chorizo oil

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 40 g chopped onion
  • 100 g diced chorizo
  • 200 g olive oil

Fry the garlic with the onion and chorizo in some oil. Add the remaining amount of oil. Let simmer for 5′ minutes. Cover with plastic clingpaper and let infuse for at least 1 hour. Sieve.

 

Smoothie

  • 100 g red bell pepper
  • 140 g milk
  • 20 g canned tomato
  • 5 g chorizo oil
  • pepper and salt

Blend all ingredients. Season to taste, pass through a fine mesh and refrigerate.

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Surprising macaron flavors

Chefs & pastry chefs are always on the lookout for thoughtful treats to serve with coffee. Be inspired by Foodpairing to design the perfect macaron match to your favorite coffee. We’ve designed some macaron recipes around Café del Cauca, a Colombian coffee. But any coffee -or tea for that matter- can be used as a foundation for your experiments.

Macaron fillings come in every color and flavor, but are flavourwise generally limited to fruits, herbs and spices. Use Foodpairing to break with this convention; a cucumber or cheese filling are actually not so farfetched and only a few clicks away in the Foodpairing Explorer. The famous macaron of Pierre Hermé with rose, raspberry and lychee is in fact a very strong Foodpairing combination.

Not only the filling may be subjected to Foodpairing®. The macaron itself has ample space for flavor innovation. Why not replace the almond powder with hazelnut or pistachio? Another trick would be to produce your own flavoured egg white by combining egg white powder and any flavoured liquid (again, use Foodpairing to pick the right flavour). This is really a great way to incorporate new flavours in the macaron without compromising its delicate structure. For our Cucumber macaron, we used coffee to make our flavoured egg white.

Check out our recipes!

Hazelnut macaron with  yoghurt ganache, raspberry and tarragon

  • 250 g white chocolate 33%
  • 125 g yoghurt
  • 80 g butter
  • 25 sugar

Heat the yoghurt and sugar to 60 °C, then pour on the chocolate while stirring. Mix thoroughly. Cool to 35 °C and mix in the butter. Let crystallize.

Coffee macaron with cucumber-apple ganache and cilantro

  • 75 g cucumber-apple-cilantro juice
  • 5 g of sugar
  • 200 g white chocolate 33%
  • 65 g butter

Heat the juice with the sugar to 60 °C. Pour on the chocolate while stirring. Mix thoroughly. Cool to 35 ° C and mix in the butter. Let crystallize.

Enjoy!

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Gazpacho Foodpairing variations

Gazpacho is an ideal dish to apply Foodpairing on. It is very easy to add little twists to this classic combination.
Starting from the Foodpairing tree from tomato, you see the classical ingredients for gazpacho like tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, olive oil,… but you can also see some new variations like the watermelon. Click on the image and the (+) to see more combinations(treehugger) , blue crab (Food&wine), raspberry (example recipe), coffee, lemon grass,…

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Sakura Foodpairing dessert with asparagus

Last month a crew of the Japanese television NHK visited our office in Bruges and one of the research lab we cooperate with. Yesterday it was broadcasted.
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Our chef Peter made a dessert based on the Foodpairing of a typical Japanese ingredient; Sakura (pickled cherry blossoms)

Sakura was turned into an ice-cream. Asparagus is used raw in thin slices. Raw asparagus has some sweet and spicy notes, which makes it applicable in a dessert. The floral notes from the sakura match fruits like raspberry. The almond aroma in the sakura combines with chocolate. Resulting in following dessert; Sakura icecream, raw asparagus, raspberry, chocolate spongecake.

 

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ROOIBOS FOODPAIRING

The flavor of Rooibos tea makes one of my memories of South-Africa. The flavor contains floral and nutty notes, making a link to e.g. rooibos-coconut or rooibos-raspberry. Find other combinations with Rooibos in this Foodpairing tree (copy the embed to integrate in your website)


 

 

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Sakura recipe inspiration

Over the last months we started to increase the number of specific local ingredients. We added a number of trees like Monterey Cypress used by Daniel Patterson of Coi, Douglas fir used by Sang-Hoon Degeimbre of L’air du temps.
With spring in the air, we recently analyzed and added 3 products from the cherry tree; sakura dried, sakura pickled and sakura leaf.

The Foodpairing analysis was also used for a television programme with Dominique Persoone combining sakura pickled and sakura leaves into a chocolate pralin.

What would you make with Sakura?

I found this old post by Playing with fire and water, making a Sakura dessert, including sesame ganache, cherry yogurt panna cotta, rose-mahleb semifreddo,raspberry meringue, pink peppercorn crisp

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VALENTIN FOODPAIRING: ROSES

If you want to surprise your loved ones with flowers, not in a bouquet of roses, but roses into a dish, this Foodpairing tree of rose can inspire you;

known combinations with roses are like Espahan by Pierre Hermé:rose-litchi-raspberry.

From the Foodpairing tree you see there are no better combinations with rose. No wonder this is a seller.

Want to make a raspberry-rose madeleine, here you can find a recipe by evan’s kitchen

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COFFEE ARABICA PAIRINGS

Just noticed on twitter the comment of Jeroen Veldkamp at the Dutch Barista Competition where he confirms that Foodpairing is more and more used by Barista.
He even got 2 espresso where they added celery root. Well, celery root makes a Foodpairing with coffee if you look at the category of the vegetable.
Find here some more inspiration on Foodpairing and coffee.

When you apply the Foodpairing tree of coffee, you can obtain known combinations or surprising ones;
-coffee-raspberry-chocolate

-coffee-peanut-elderflower

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FOODPAIRING SESSION AT OBUMEX WITH JEAN-YVES WILMOT

One of the upcoming pastry chefs in Belgium is Jean-Yves Wilmot of the pastry shop Wilmot.We did a foodpairing cookingsession in the kitchens of Obumex (a belgian top quality kitchen producer). This time in Brussels.
2 foodpairings we are going to show; a combination of a french baguette with chocolate mayonnaise, cured ham, caramelised red cabbage and pop-corn. And also a foodpairing around carrot, tomato, chocolate and raspberry. Enjoy. Video is in French.

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