While some people seem to know every trick in the book when it comes to cooking, it’s still surprising to find s few new or little known ways to bring out the best flavours in food – Here are just a couple to try next time your using these basic ingredients.
1. Strawberries and Pepper
Strawberries are usually served with a fresh cream or sugar but next time you have fresh strawberries, cut them in half and sprinkle with ground black pepper. Strange as it may seem, the pepper actually heightens and enhances the flavour of the strawberry.
2. Chilli and Chocolate
Now more popular than once was, this is a trick well known in the South where Chilli bake-offs are common.
3. Chocolate and Coffee
When baking with chocolate, add a little coffee – it strengthens the chocolate flavour without adding a strong coffee flavour.
4. Meat and Aniseed
When stewing meat, throw in a star anise – you can’t taste the aniseed but the flavour adds a deep richness to the meat. This is a trick used in all meat dishes by Heston Blumenthal the owner of the 3 Michelin star Fat Duck – voted the world’s best restaurant for three years in a row.
Add a little nutmeg to potatoes- Strange as it may seem, it adds a depth to the potatoes that people won’t recognize. This is true of virtually every potato dish so go ahead, give it a try.