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What, no smoked salmon with horseradish-flavored whipped cream?

December 4th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Smoked salmon with horseradish-flavored whipped cream

Originally uploaded by betsythedevine

Mmmm graphics!

The FoodPairing website illustrates food inspiration of two different kinds:

  1. Food combination: (quoting the site) “A list was made of 250 food products each with their major flavour components. By comparing the flavour of each food product eg strawberry with the rest of the food and their flavours, new combinations like strawberry with peas can be made.”
  2. Food swapping:(quoting the site) “A food product has a specific flavour because of a combination of different flavours. Like basil taste like basil because of the combination of linalool, estragol, …. So if I want to reconstruct the basil flavour without using any basil, you have to search for a combination of other food products where one contains linalool (like coriander), one contains estragol (like tarragon),… So I can reconstruct basil by combining coriander, tarragon, cloves, laurel. The way to use it is to take from each branch of the plot one product and make a combination of those food products.”

Thanks to the always-inspiring Tingilinde for the link!

Tags: food · funny · Wide wonderful world

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 TA // Dec 4, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Do you suppose a scholarly paper along the lines of “Culinary Applications of Principal Component Analysis” might be Ignobel material? :)

  • 2 Betsy Devine // Dec 4, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    “Flavor that makes people laugh, and then makes them think”? I can see that, Ig-Nobel-ish-ly, definitely!