7 Flavour Combinations That Shouldn’t Work But Totally Do

21st June 2016

This week’s Fridgcam really got us thinking about flavours… 


We all know that handy trick of adding salt to your sweet treats, especially the famous salted caramel hype, but it’s just as good the other way around. I know it’s a bit adventurous and scary experimenting with such opposite flavours but it’s something you desperately need to try, especially now Summer is on its way! Not only will it make your meals more interesting, you’ve already satisfied your sweet cravings so you don’t feel the need to munch on choccy afterwards… Unless you’re obsessed with food like me, then there’s always room for pudding. But we can pretend what I said is a real thing right?

1. Grapes

All hail the grapes! Red grapes, green grapes, any type of grape is great. Adding grapes to your salad is one of life’s little joys, they’re sweet and fresh and help bring out all the other flavours that aren’t as vibrant by themselves. Like the sad old lettuce leaf. It sounds a bit weird but once you’ve taken the leap you’ll be adding them in left, right and centre.

Just don’t pour wine in your salad, it’s not the same thing.

2. Sweet Potato

Oh! How life has changed since sweet pot fries came on the scene. Well, it’s also a great vegetable to add in other ways to your meals. Particularly a hearty homemade curry. Yum.

Try replacing meat entirely in your curry by using sweet potato, it’s a healthy tip to make this seen-to-be indulgent meal all the more worth-while and you’ll feel less guilty. Bonus tip: cook in coconut oil to create a sweet and spicy delight.

3. Apple

Apple and cheese, apple and grapes, apple and pie…well how about apple in a sandwich?

My dad is a sandwich God. He isn’t shy on the fillings and it’s my favourite thing about this man. HE LOVES FOOD JUST AS MUCH AS WE DO.

He mixes curry powder, sugar, lemon, ketchup and mayo in a bowl, then adds in sweetcorn, pulled chicken and apple to make the most epic sandwich filling in the world. It’s tangy, sweet, crunchy bliss and all you will ever want in a sandwich.


4. Strawberries

We are a Strawberries & Cream obsessed nation, but try mixing things up by serving Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar. Make sure the Strawberries are cut in thick slices so that the vinegar doesn’t overwhelm the dish, sprinkle over sugar, pepper and a spoon of ice cream. It’s such a simple dish to make at home but one that is sure to make an impression on your guests!

5. Pomegranate

It’s pretty, pink and packed with flavour…it’s the pomegranate! Pomegranates are like little gems of goodness, by adding these to your couscous, rice, bulgar wheat or any other type of pulse based dish it will enhance your meal in the best way possible. I love chucking them on spicy Jerk Chicken and Rice for the ultimate sweet embellishment.

Typically they aren’t in season during the Summer months so be careful not to buy any during this period or you’ll end up with a meal that isn’t so sweet!


6. Chocolate

Chocolate Pizza is such a beautiful thing, it’s the perfect way to blend sweet and savoury and it’s 100% great for sharing. Or not, if you’re like me.

My favourite thing to do is muddle up some raspberries to use as your base, then add on your other fruit (bananas, kiwi, strawberries are the best), marshmallows, chopped hazelnuts, crumbled up digestives and then you can drizzle your chocolate over the top. Melt your own chocolate, use whatever type you fancy, as long as it goes with your toppings you’re already winning. If you’re really cheeky, you could go for a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top!

7. Pineapple

This tropical delight is a cunning weapon to have up your sleeve, we all remember the classic cheese and pineapple sticks at kid’s parties..well let’s bring it back!

Try slipping it into your kebab skewers, whether it’s pork and mushroom, roasted veg and halloumi or chicken and chorizo, it’s such a nice way to bring in a different texture and flavour to your meal. It is good for you too with lots of health benefits, so if this isn’t an excuse to make your own kebab I don’t know what is!

Don’t forget, if you have any fun flavour combos, let us know on Twitter and Facebook! Use #sortedfood so we can join in the conversation.

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