Woodsy flavors are hot! Wood smoke flavor chart

Smoke signals, an article by the Wall Street Journal, points at the growing frequency of smoke to the dessert menu.
We also noticed it by requests of chefs to add different types of smoke to our database.
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…

 

National cheese day

We added already quite some Foodpairing recipes with cheese (click here e.g. for goat cheese recipes – scroll down) to the Foodpairing.com website.
For National Cheese Day we added a few new combinations linking beer to cheese. More recipes (about 20) will be added soon with different Belgian beers.E.g. cream cheese – pineapple – mango – bourbon whisky linking to Gueuze Fond Tradition.

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Kumara combinations by Attica

Not familiar with Kumara (sweet potato)  I came across a dish from the tasting menu by Attica; Kumara-almond-Pyengana (a type a cheddar cheese from Tasmania)

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The Foodpairing tree of sweet potato contains indeed ingredients like almond, egg, buckwheat, shallot (indicated in bold), but also have a look at the other ingredients around sweet potato and come up with other existing combinations

As you can see the ingredients selected by chef Ben Shewry cluster all around the sweet potato; egg yolk, cheddar cheese, almond, shallot, buckwheat. So a nice example of Foodpairing.

The Chimay we didn’t analyzed yet, but we are working on loads of Belgian beers which will be added in the coming time.

Cucumber soup recipe variations

Summer days are coming, time for some refreshing cucumber soup. Find here some surprising combos to try out.


Based on the tree, you can make following cucumber soup recipe variations  like Hubert Keller with grapes, almond and vanilla

or walnut (like Michael Symon) or melon, white truffle,…

Click on the dynamic Foodpairing tree to see more combinations. Copy the embed to paste the Foodpairing tree into your own website.

Dwarf pea combinations

We just got our first harvest of dwarf garden peas. We planted 2 varieties; Charmette and a variety from Nepal with super small peas.

If we look at the Foodpairing (R) tree of fresh pea, we obtain ingredients like apricot, coffee, mint, pork, butter, pumpkin…

So you can turn peas into a pre-dessert (or just before the main course) with a crumble of coffee, puree of dwarf peas with peppermint, coulis of apricot and dwarf peas to finish.

 

NOMINATED FOR 100 BRILLIANT COMPANIES 2012

We have been recently nominated for the 100 brilliant companies 2012 by Entrepreneur.com 

We have been selected as one of the 10 companies in the category of ‘Food & Bev’.
“Foodpairing: A research company that relies on scientific flavor analysis to help chefs and bartenders discover unique ingredient combinations.

We are reaching about 1 million food professionals worldwide in about 30 countries like US, UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Canada, Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Japan,…

Last week, we were part of a conference in China on pastry, bread,… together with the chefs of Mugaritz, Moto, B&P,… looking how we can support better the Asian chefs and food industry.

TRAM EXPERIENCE AT BRUSSELICIOUS

As its name suggests, ‘Tram Experience’; aims to offer a gastronomic and touristic experience. In a tramway of the 60′s, which has been totally refurbished, guests enjoy several classic dishes of Belgian gastronomy, all modified for the occasion by tor 6 op chefs such as Lionel rigolet or Sang-Hoon Degeimbre.

There are 34 place settings on board: 7 tables set for 2 and 5 table set for 4. The decor reminds Electrolux’s Scandinavian origins with the white furniture, contemporary and refine design, wood floor and blue neon lights.

Combinations like this asparagus – camomile – crab – beurre noisette icecream can be experienced while moving through the streets of Brussels. (of course a Foodpairing combination)

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AVOCADO-TEQUILA-STRAWBERRY-COCONUT FOODPAIRING AT MONASTRELL

About a month ago we participated together with the people from Monastrell in a Foodpairing Cocktail & Foodpairing dinner.
Chef Maria José San Roman presented food combinations together with cocktails by bartender Gegam Kazarian.

One of the spectacular Foodpairing combinations was this dessert with strawberry and coconut linked with a avocado-tequila-lime juice-ginger-basil cocktail.
The tequila in the cocktail is a special one Excellia, Tequila aged in Cognac barrels. We didn’t analyze yet this particular tequila, but from the Foodpairing tree you can see tequila and strawberry do combine.