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Old 07-15-2016, 06:53 AM   #1
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Strange food combinations that actually work.

So, yesterday I was at a charity event in a fancy country club. During dinner they served , what they called , an exotic fruit salad. As I was serving myself, I noticed there was mango, strawberries , cranberries, pine nuts and Arugula. The arugula ( which I love) caught me off guard. Usually I have it in savory salads. My mind said 'no', but my curiosity said 'yes', and where it wasn't necessarily the greatest pairing I've ever had, I must say that it actually worked ( to the point that I'd try it at home).

So my question is , to all you folks, have you ever came across a food pairing that in your mind that you doubted, but after trying it, you actually liked ?

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Old 07-15-2016, 07:16 AM   #2
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I like toast and peanut butter with my sunny-side-up eggs...
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:45 AM   #3
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I've always been surprised at how well roasted beets, goat cheese, and walnuts go together. Something about the sweetness of the beets, with the tang and saltiness of the of the cheese, and the crunch of the walnuts really explodes on your palate.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:50 AM   #4
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So, yesterday I was at a charity event in a fancy country club. During dinner they served , what they called , an exotic fruit salad. As I was serving myself, I noticed there was mango, strawberries , cranberries, pine nuts and Arugula. The arugula ( which I love) caught me off guard. Usually I have it in savory salads. My mind said 'no', but my curiosity said 'yes', and where it wasn't necessarily the greatest pairing I've ever had, I must say that it actually worked ( to the point that I'd try it at home).

So my question is , to all you folks, have you ever came across a food pairing that in your mind that you doubted, but after trying it, you actually liked ?
The cranberries caught my attention, they seem to be out of step with the seasons in that salad.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:05 AM   #5
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The cranberries caught my attention, they seem to be out of step with the seasons in that salad.
I'm guessing they were dried. Dried cranberries are pretty common in fruity salads.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:07 AM   #6
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Strawberries and vinegar I've made strawberries macerated with dark chocolate balsamic vinegar, served over grilled pound cake. Yummy
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:07 AM   #7
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The first time someone told me I should try an egg with orange juice and cream...Now I have one most mornings.

Pepper on strawberries, changes the whole flavor!
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:40 PM   #8
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I think they are dried cranberries that were kind of reconstituted with water / liquid. At first I thought they were cherries ( Which would have been good too), but after careful examination and multiple tastes, I determined it to be cranberries .

My only disappointment was I thought the fruit would have been more exotic. These days you can get just about anything anywhere, which makes what was previously considered exotic, just ordinary.

When I talk to my friend in Brazil and she shows me the variety of fruits they have there, Im so envious and jealous. I would love to go down there and do some kind of a exotic fruit tasting tour.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:55 PM   #9
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When I was a kid my Mother would make peas and pineapple.

I loved that stuff haven't had it in years.

It's just one can of drained peas added to one can of drained pineapple chunks mixed with a little bit of Miracle whip. Chill and serve.

She quit making it when we all grew up and left the house.

When her diet changed, seemed to be a daily thing with her this last year. Nothing pleased her more than when I reminded my sister how much Mom loved it. She rarely passed it up.
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Old 07-15-2016, 02:00 PM   #10
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my son loved pickle and feta cheese sandwiches. And even though I can kinda see it, just the amount of salt alone. Sheeeesh!! And he ate it when he was like 3 years old. Not common taste profile for a little kid.
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