Remember that time I convinced you to make some very dubious life choices? Welcome to part two. We have here another round of unusual food combos that may not exactly be appetizing on paper, but is definitely a treat to eat if you’re brave enough to try.
- Olive Oil + Gelato/Ice Cream
Olive oil may not be something you have ever considered putting in gelato or ice cream. I mean, it’s olive oil. Most people aren’t even that excited about putting it on pizza unless it’s flavored with chilies or garlic.
I’m here to tell you that it really really does work. I got this tip from a Chef friend of mine and I took the first bite with my eyes screwed up hoping against hope that I wouldn’t have to tell him I hated it. I took the second bite with a lot more gusto because somehow it didn’t taste oily and disgusting as I expected. The olive oil seemed to elevate the taste of the ice-cream with some much needed fruitiness. It’s not really easy to explain, so please go ahead and try it out for yourself.
Protip: Use good quality extra virgin olive oil, and to make it really artisanal, try topping it with a few flakes of sea salt.
- Pomegranate + Grilled Chicken
I cannot even begin to describe how much I love this combination. The sweet little bursts of fruity tang from pomegranate seeds pairs so smoothly with grilled chicken, regardless of which flavor the chicken is. I have even tried this with honey-mustard chicken and still loved it.
There’s just so much brightness that you introduce into any chicken dish by popping a few seeds of pomegranate on top, and it somehow seems to reset your taste buds every single time so each bite is a new and beautiful experience.
Protip: Try sprinkling some pomegranate into your salad or rice if you don’t want to directly add it on top of the chicken.
- Peanut Butter + Spicy Curry
This isn’t really an unusual thought, since a lot of curries have peanuts or peanut paste in it. Peanut paste is basically natural peanut butter, and is used excessively in Thai and African cooking.
Just one spoonful of peanut butter in your curry gives it a whole new range of nutty flavors, and makes your curry super creamy to boot. You can add the peanut butter to the curry paste while making the curry, or stir in gently after cooking, it doesn’t really matter because it tastes equally amazing either way.
Protip: Only use natural organic peanut butters for this, and add the peanut butter in small quantities until you are happy with the taste because it can easily overpower the curry if you add too much.
Let us know if you try our unusual food combos, and if you have a favorite combo that we haven’t thought of yet.
Words by Ruba Ali
Illustration by Fathmath Azleena