A loanword from the Japanese (うま味), umami can be translated as "pleasant savory taste"
Peanut butter and jelly, tomatoes and garlic, oil and vinegar. We can all name foods that go together. We learn about food pairings throughout our lives when we are given food combinations at our meals. Foods have flavor profiles which are like classification systems for tastes. Flavor and taste are actually scientific processes. Foods contain flavor compounds and aromas so foods that have similar flavor compounds, such as vanilla and basil work well together.
Taste is a different thing. Taste is about our sensations and the texture of different molecules on our palates. So far we have 6 tastes that have been identified and located on our palates – salty, sweet, acidic, fat, bitterness and umami. Taste pairing is all about balancing these tastes. Here are some interesting flavor combinations you may or may not know but should definitely try.
1. Olive and Orange
You may know that olives pair well with tomatoes, lemon, artichokes and onions, but did you know olives also pair with oranges? The olive-orange combination is frequently seen in Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean dishes.
2. Orange, Soy Sauce and BBQ Sauce
The sweetness of orange pairs beautifully with soy sauce which is salty and filled with umami. Orange is also a delicious flavor to add to spicy barbecue sauce.
3. Apple and Onion
You might think apples and onions are as different from each other as…well, apples and oranges, but these two flavors pair together well. The sweet apples balance the pungent onions for a savory flavor with a hint of sweetness.
4. Berry and Balsamic Vinegar
Savory balsamic vinegar brings out the beautiful color of berries, while enhancing their sweet flavor.
5. Curry and Banana
Curries often have some type of fruit in them such as mango. The sweetness of the fruit or even a sweet veggie like butternut squash balances the spice of the curry.
6. Beet and Cumin
An interesting flavor combo is cumin and beets. The warm, savory flavor of cumin pairs well with the earthy, sweetness of the beets.
7. Chocolate and Chile
8. Beet and Chocolate
Beets also pair well with chocolate. Since beets are sweet, they work well in desserts and bring some earthiness to the dish. Not only do beets add sweetness, they add color, so they are a natural food coloring to make pink, red and red velvet desserts.
It’s probably not a big surprise that these two foods would go well together. Technically, they are both fruits and they are the same color. The tomato brings acidity to the sweet strawberry for a delicious balance of taste.
A food pairing that I love to use when autumn comes is pumpkin and apple. In this case, the vegetable is actually sweeter than the fruit. The apple adds tartness and acidity while the pumpkin is sweet and creamy. These two tastes are further enhanced by spices like curry powder, ginger and sage.
- A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.
- As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.
- As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.
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- With two partners he published the Pennsylvania Chronicle and became wealthy publishing Poor Richard's Almanack and The Pennsylvania Gazette.
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