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)


 

 

LSD FOODPAIRING

LSD is an abbreviation of Licorice Sausage Date, a topping on a pizza by Gabriele Bonci of Pizzarium. As you can see Licorice-Sausage/ Salami-Date is a Foodpairing combination (what had you expected) What topping would you propose based on Foodpairing? Select tomato or capers or olives or salmon or Parmesan…and start to make new, mind-blowing pizzas.

source picture: food&wine

At Pizzarium they do also other Foodpairing combinations like Coppa sausage with orange or pizza with potato and vanilla…

MORE THAN 40 FOODPAIRING CHOCOLATE RECIPES BY PASTRY CHEFS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

A range of new Foodpairing recipes with Belcolade chocolate was included in our website. The recipes were developed by pastry chefs from around the globe. Participating pastry chefs are Jacques Torres, Dominique Persoone, Marco Ropke, Joris Vanhee , Milton Aguilar, Stéphane Leroux, Philippe Rhéau, Gilles Doumengeux,…
Find the chocolate Foodpairing recipes on Foodpairing.com site (select Baked goods on the right + an origine) or click on the link below for a few examples. On the website is each picture alternated with the Foodpairing tree so you know what the Foodpairing links are.

 Recipe Pomme Oranges

 Recipe Blanc Passion

 recipe Pisco

MORE VARIETIES OF STRAWBERRIES

Over the last year we started to go deeper into different varieties and terroirs. Strawberries is one of the crops (like apples, citrus fruit, raspberries,…) we started to work on more into detail. We now have strawberries from California to Japan and about 15 different varieties.

Varieties like Gariguette, Mara des bois, Darselect,… I’m growing in my garden.

As an example we added a selection of possible combinations with Gariguette from France.
Make combinations like this strawberry-bell pepper-basmati rice icecream. In April all varieties will be added to the Foodpairing.com PRO membership.

GROW YOUR OWN LEMONGRASS

Growing your own lemon grass isn’t that difficult. Go to your local asian store and buy the fresh lemon grass you normally use for cooking.
Put the lemon grass for about 1 week in an inch of water and cover with a transparant plastic bag (to obtain a very moist environment).
After one week, transfer the lemon grass to a container with moist soil and cover again for 1 week.

WORLD WHISKY DAY

To celebrate World Whiskey Day, we are sharing a Moroccan twist on the Whiskey Sour classic cocktail.

15 ml of Whiskey
10 ml lemon juice
2 g of cinnamon stick
10 ml of syrup with peppermint, cinnamon, licorice

Crush the cinnamon sticks, add ice, shake with the other ingredients. Double strain.

As you notice in the Foodpairing tree, Whisky embraces the whole world; Italy, Spain, Peru, Papua N. Guinea, Japan, Australia, France,….

FIRST SEEDLINGS ARE THERE

The first seedlings popping up are these dwarf peas;

In the meantime we also started to sow; amaranth, beets, different types of basil, coriander, thyme, different types of butternut, beans, flowers like marigold…

We are looking for plants for our green roof and exploring vertical wall systems.

TIME TO START TO SOW

We started 2 weeks ago with mainly peppers, tomatoes, dwarf peas and eggplants. The varieties we got from Emmanuel Iruthayathasan (who has bred his own varieties focused on flavor for more than 10 years).

To increase the success rate, take the following steps;

Step 1. Label your pots (with labels and write on the pots)

Step 2. fill the pots with seed-starting mix, leave space about 1 inch. Never use regular garden soil to start seedlings.  

 Step 3. Add water until the soil is saturated

Step 4. Make small holes and place the seeds as pictured below if you are growing eggplants or peppers.

Step 5. Cover first with some soil. Finish with turf

Step 6. Place into a light spot and DON’T water during 2 weeks

BREEDING FOR FLAVOR

More and more chefs start to cultivate their own vegetables as the market place offers only a limited amount of varieties.
Foodpairing.com wants to give vegetables, fruits, herbs a central place.
To increase the presence of home or restaurant grown vegetable we want to support and inspire in how to grow vegetables in a limited space and want to show how to breed your own new tasteful varieties.
Urban gardening is going mainstream, but we like to be creative in the selection of plants. And we want to move to the next level; breeding your own varieties.

I installed in my city garden a green house and during the next coming months I will update this blog, giving tips and tricks (which I get from breeders taking part in this platform) to show you how to be creative with limited space and how to start growing your own varieties.