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.
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.
This Foodpairing tree (a wood smoke flavor chart) will give you some inspiration about where wood smoke makes a good match, more specific types of wood will follow in the future. All the ingredients around the center can be matched with wood smoke.
E.g. Bourbon icecream tart with bacon and smoked salt by Craigie on Main. In the Foodpairing tree you see vanilla (in the group of herbs and spices) very close to the middle of the chart. This indicates it is a very good match, but you will also find bacon, chocolate, coffee, rooibos tea…