Originally Posted by oyamary
Jamie Oliver has a green tea and vanilla pannacotta with chocolate sauce recipe. Check it out. It would be an original flavor.
how would it be original if it's someone else's recipe?? especially a tv celebrity chef's??
ShabbyAckelford, if you just want to become a good cook, build up a collection of good recipes. anyone's. but if you're hoping to make it as a chef, there are 2 things (amongst a bazillion others) that you need to be able to do. 1) do the classics, and do them well. 2) use your imagination and think outside of the box.
what makes j.o.'s recipe above unique is the combination of green tea and chocolate. not a combination that would normally jump into mind.
just to give you some food for thought:
take a good look a your spice rack. keep in mind the 4 basic tastes and how to balance or contrast them. don't forget that smell also influences flavor. and then there are textures to consider too, as well as temperature.
as an example, curry isn't a flavor that would normally be associated with a baked custard. especially if it were a bit on the spicy side. instead of caramel, what could you use to balance or contrast the taste? molasses? a fruit puree or sauce?
stepping even further outside the box, who's to say that a custard has to be a dessert? how about something savory as a main dish? seafood custard? maybe cover some prawn shells with dry white wine, reduce to half & strain, then add some cream and eggs. maybe with scallops?
what i'm suggesting is that you do a panna cotta, cheesecake, mousse or whatever, but that you also actually use your noggin to weigh up different ideas in your mind that have definitely never been done before. once you've got some taste combinations figured out, think about textures and presentation. bounce some of your ideas off your instructor if it's not feasible to do test batches of all of them first.
hope this helps and best of luck