When trying to come up with your very own culinary creations, you might fall into the trap of following the same trap of following the same recipes you’ve found online time and time again. Cooking up tried and tested favourites is a sure-fire way to guarantee a fuss-free dinner, sure. However, stepping outside of your comfort zone and creating your own recipes can give you a great sense of pride and accomplishment, and help you on your way to a true love of food.
First and foremost, you’ll want to get a gauge of What flavours work together. Yes, you want to make a brand-new taste combination – but it takes some light experimenting to begin with. We can’t all be the guy who woke up and discovered pineapple on pizza was a good idea (arguably).
Use your common sense. You’ll see multiple recipes that contain the same groups of ingredients. For example, thousands of recipes will include chilli, ginger and garlic. It’s a classic combination of bold flavours and works with a massive range of carbs and meats. The trick is not to take this already solid collection and incorporate another bold, entirely unrelated flavour. For example, we wouldn’t prepare a lovely Asian-style dish with chilli, ginger and garlic, and then throw in some dolcelatte cheese.
To create a revolutionary dish, start small. Layer inoffensive, compatible flavours and continually test the taste as you add new ingredients to the pot, so you know when you’re going too far. Sometimes less is more, and at least using this method allows you too see that the lemongrass might have been a good call, but the horseradish was overkill.
Be bold and brave, but don’t destroy that gorgeous slab of steak you’ve been looking forward to by trying to be Heston Blumenthal, you’ll regret it.