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Food Synergies

szmeterling Dec 30, 2008 08:02 AM

I once made a remarkable discovery - it is a secret I have kept to myself until now, and you should all feel blessed and honoured that you will now know..........Boerwors (a South African sausage) and grilled eggplant eaten together put me in a state of nirvana.

Don't know why, but the way those 2 come together defies all laws of nature.

Now you owe me: do you know any other combos where the result is greater than the sum of the parts?

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    umbushi plum RE: szmeterling Dec 30, 2008 02:05 PM

    i don't think this is uncommon but cottage cheese and tuna are great together. and roast pumkin is great in its own right but i find that a spice mix of dried corriander mexican chilli powder cumin seeds, paprika and then finally heaps and heaps of dried sumac make it particularly
    also with love from my vietnamese grandmother-
    kimchi, pickled asian flavoured eggs, corn kernals and seaweed make one (salty) delicious salad.

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    1. re: umbushi plum
      Davwud RE: umbushi plum Dec 30, 2008 07:29 PM

      I put horseradish in my tuna salad.


    2. meatn3 RE: szmeterling Dec 30, 2008 07:03 PM

      Lentils & feta...

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        Davwud RE: meatn3 Dec 30, 2008 07:29 PM

        Roasted sweet peppers and feta.


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          meatn3 RE: Davwud Dec 30, 2008 10:52 PM

          I combined the flavors recently mixing roasted veggies, lentils and feta and using the mixture to stuff peppers. Simmered in TJ's bottled Masala sauce. It was so good we made it 3 days in a row!

      2. Passadumkeg RE: szmeterling Dec 31, 2008 01:24 AM

        Enchiladas and pinto beans. Kolbasa and saurkraut. Potato pancakes (latkes) and sour cream. Fried clams and me!

        1. szmeterling RE: szmeterling Dec 31, 2008 01:26 AM

          Just to clarify, I was not interested (in this post) in 2 items that one simply likes together or have an affinity for each other.

          Like Boerwors and Grilled Eggplant, I want foods that, when combined, create something on a whole new level of existence.

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            Caroline1 RE: szmeterling Dec 31, 2008 04:11 AM

            But that's a subjective thing. However, you have to give serious consideration to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. How many kids or adults crave "just peanut butter" or "just jelly" sandwiches? I rest my case.

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              Passadumkeg RE: szmeterling Dec 31, 2008 04:22 AM

              Ever eaten a latke w/o sour cream, pinto beans or saurkeraut by themselves? Nuff said.
              Home made corn chips (fried corn tortillas) and home made salsa (pico do gallo)!

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                TampaAurora RE: Passadumkeg Dec 31, 2008 07:38 AM

                My latkes must be served with applesauce!

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                  Hunicsz RE: TampaAurora Jan 10, 2009 05:37 PM

                  Applesauce AND sour cream are necessities, if you ask me.

            2. Sam Fujisaka RE: szmeterling Dec 31, 2008 08:16 AM

              1. Caviar & (correctly) scrambled eggs
              2. Cognac & chocolate
              3. Lox & cream cheese
              4. Hungarian sausage & sauerkraut
              5. Hot gohan & umeboshi
              6. Laab & khao niyao
              7. Bud & gas station corndog

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                TampaAurora RE: Sam Fujisaka Dec 31, 2008 12:26 PM

                Bud....wise......errrrrrrrrrrr. I love that your selections run from caviar to corndogs! I always enjoy reading your posts Sam.

              2. E Eto RE: szmeterling Dec 31, 2008 12:39 PM

                Give kimchee and sharp cheddar a try together.

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                  hannaone RE: E Eto Dec 31, 2008 02:45 PM

                  In an omelet
                  On a burger
                  with hot dogs

                  Fresh crisp Cucumber spears and gochujang (Korean chili paste) - almost orgasmic

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                    Passadumkeg RE: hannaone Dec 31, 2008 02:57 PM

                    I hoard gochujang!

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                  bbq babe RE: szmeterling Jan 1, 2009 02:50 PM

                  Average blue cheese and average fig jam combine to create something sublime.
                  The experience was bliss!

                  Is this what you had in mind, OP?

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                  1. re: bbq babe
                    szmeterling RE: bbq babe Jan 2, 2009 04:42 AM

                    ahhhhhh, another person understands the word synergy. Thank you

                  2. thew RE: szmeterling Jan 2, 2009 05:28 AM

                    lobster loves tarragon

                    1. Kate is always hungry RE: szmeterling Jan 7, 2009 06:54 PM

                      These combinations do it for my taste buds:

                      French toast and sour cream, to drink: chocolate milk
                      Poached salmon with mulberry sauce

                      1. Soop RE: szmeterling Jan 8, 2009 01:11 AM

                        Dark Chocolate and black coffee
                        uhmmm... what was it?
                        Oooh, I just thought of a recipe!

                        1. BobB RE: szmeterling Jan 9, 2009 06:54 AM

                          There was actually a very, very long thread on a similar subject a while back: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/404973

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