Foodpairing Helps You Create New Recipes Scientifically
Coming up with new ways to display food is certainly a challenge, but coming up with new foods to pair together in a recipe is a whole beast of its own. While ice cream and caviar might sound absolutely atrocious, chicken and waffles has made it onto menus across the world and in food trucks all over the nation. Who would have thought such a combination would ever exist (and be so tasty)?
So, how do you know when two tastes will pair well together? You could obviously cook a lot and rely on your killer tastebuds; even easier, however, you could turn to Foodpairing, a website with food pairing data that has been studied and analyzed by scientists in order to help both amateur and professional chefs create innovative recipes. It is based on the principal that foods can be combined when they share major flavor components.
The site lets you do two different things. First, you can browse creative recipes inspiring you to create non-traditional food pairings, like this almond cookie topped with mozzarella, fig and dry-cured ham.
Or these potato chips with cream of Brie and vanilla (editor's note: holy cow!).
You can also use the site to browse a "Foodpairing tree," an interactive visualization for which ingredients work well together. The closer two ingredients are together, the better the pairing. The chart below for "Cucumber" explains why I see so many cocktail menus featuring whiskey and cucumber concoctions. And, how delicious does a cucumber and strawberry gazpacho sound?
We just might have to use this app for some of our future food dishes — it could make for a great resource as we strive to add on to our 12 Ways to Grill Your Cheese ideas.
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!