They say opposites attract, and these culinary couples are so wrong they’re right
We’ve all got them: strange food cravings that our friends and families just don’t understand. Granted, there are some flavour combo no-brainers (we’re looking at you, bacon and avocado) but don’t dismiss all the less conventional ideas in the food-pairing world before you've given them a chance.
They might sound disgusting initially (how does the idea of banana and mayonnaise grab you?) but stick with us ...
Strawberries and cheese
Strawberry cheesecake is just the beginning. Serious flavour adventurers eat this summer fruit with goats' cheese to make a bruschetta, or melt brie over strawberries for a sophisticated grilled sarnie. The moral of the story is: don't limit yourself to just one type of cheese.
Bacon and bananas
Salty bacon? Check. Sweet banana? Check. The uses of this unlikely combination are endless: banana pancakes with streaky bacon, banana and bacon cookies, banana and bacon sandwiches ... the only limit is your imagination.
We can learn a thing or two from our American friends about the many weird and wonderful ways to eat peanut butter. A grilled cheese and peanut butter sarnie is the ultimate comfort food and you’ll find the slightly sweet, salty, gooey filling hard to resist.
Bacon ice cream
We love ice cream. We love bacon. But bacon and egg ice cream? Served with crispy brioche soldiers for dipping, it's a signature dish at Heston Blumenthal’s famous Fat Duck restaurant so there must be something in it.
Bananas and mayonnaise
Banana and mayonnaise is a thing, apparently. Yes, it sounds totally disgusting, but without trying the unlikely pairing sandwiched between two slices of bread how will you know for sure?
Popcorn and milk
You wouldn’t think twice about drenching your morning cereal in milk, but what about giving popcorn the same treatment? It's now masquerading as breakfast, and it’s not a bad idea. After all, what else are you meant to do when you run out of Sugar Puffs?
Sweet and savoury
The weird and wonderful ways to treat yourself to a bite (or bar) of dark chocolate are limitless, but chocolate and chilli is old news – now it's all about cheese. It seems the salty flavour of parmesan works wonderfully with dark chocolate in a toasted sandwich. Mmm.