How to know what goes with what

what goes with what

A few weeks ago I asked my email subscribers to share their problems with cooking and eating. One of the most common struggles was people not having a good sense of what goes with what.

That they don’t have the intuition to put ingredients together well.

Which made me smile.

Because it’s one of the things I LOVE teaching my students.

Even if you have never cooked a meal in your entire life, you have eaten plenty of things.

As an eater, you actually have years and years of experience tasting things.

Stop telling yourself you don’t know.

Trust your instincts.

You are the expert on your taste buds.

You do know what tastes good for you.

Which brings me to Clancy’s Law of Cooking

‘If you think something will taste delicious, it usually does’.

Seriously, on some level you’ll know.

And if you want to get really good at combining flavours, start paying attention.

When you have a delicious meal, take the time to notice which ingredients worked together.

Or if something isn’t good, take note of what didn’t work.

It’s the best way to learn.

I also recommend Niki Segnit’s fab book ‘The Flavour Thesaurus‘.

I keep a copy in the kitchen for when I need a little help coming up with ideas.

So fun.

Do you struggle with knowing what goes with what?

Or have you learned to trust your instincts? Let me know where you’re at in the comments below…

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Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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