carrots and sugar
While some people know about these little tricks, the majority do not. These are small tips to help you improve the foods we commonly eat – most are recommended by top chef.
10. Carrots and Sugar 胡萝卜和糖
While it may seem strange to add sugar to vegetables, it is a very common method of preparing carrots in France. The technical term for this dish is Vichy Carrots, in which you combine Carrots, Salt, Pepper, sugar, and Vichy water (a sparkling water from the Vichy region) and cook them down until the carrots are glazed
. The sugar heightens the flavor of the carrots and the end result is a stunning
dish of brilliantly orange vegetables.
coffee and salt
9. Coffee and Salt 咖啡和盐
Add a touch of salt to coffee to heighten the flavor – this is a very common use of salt as it is used in virtually
all dishes (including sweet dishes served for pudding). Just a pinch
is enough to make a brilliant espresso.
tomatoes and suger
8. Tomatoes and Sugar 番茄和糖
Use sugar, not salt. Tomatoes are already acidic
and the addition of salt just increases that acidic flavor. Sugar sweetens and increases the tomato flavor. Tomatoes are fruits after all.
chocolate and coffee
7. Chocolate and Coffee 巧克力和咖啡
When baking with chocolate, add a little coffee – it strengthens the chocolate flavor without adding a strong coffee flavor.
meat and aniseed
6. Meat and Aniseed 肉类和茴香
meat, throw in a star [w]anise[/e] – you can’t taste the aniseed but the flavor adds a deep richness to the meat. This is a trick used in all meat dishes by Heston Blumenthal the owner of the Fat Duck (3 Michelin stars) 。
tomatoes and foliage
5. Cooking tomatoes and Foliage 番茄和它的叶子
Throw in a tomato branch – the branch contains all of the flavor that we love in tomatoes – pick a leaf and smell it and you will see what I mean. Simply throw in a small stick of the tomato plant and it will give your cooked tomatoes a much stronger tomato flavor.
potatoes and nutmeg
4. Potatoes and Nutmeg 土豆和肉豆蔻
– just a little – it adds a depth to the potatoes that people won’t recognize, but will definitely like. This is true of virtually every potato dish.
chili and chocolate
3. Chili and Chocolate 辣椒和巧克力
Add chocolate to chili. It deepens the meaty flavor of the chili while giving a strong base note to the peppers. This is a trick well known in the South where Chili bake-offs
apple and vanilla
2. Apples and Vanilla 苹果和香草
Apples are very acidic and normally require some sugar in their cooking. Most people add nutmeg or cinnamon
to their apple dishes, but vanilla extract adds a deep layer of flavor that most people won’t recognize but will certainly appreciate.
strawberries and pepper
1. Strawberries and Pepper 草莓和胡椒粉
Strawberries (fresh) are usually served with a sprinkling of confectioners
sugar, but the addition of very finely ground
pepper heightens the flavor.