These are more concepts than recipes, but still fall under the category of weird things I've tried as of late. They're definitely not as weird as last week, but still might be something the average person hasn't bothered to make. On a side note, I just found PicMonkey, a site that lets you create free photo collages like this one with your pictures.
Sweet and salty pair well and so do sweet and spicy. This dish combines all three in a blend of salt, sugar and two types of pepper. The first time I saw someone put salt on fruit I thought it was pretty weird. Umm really?, don't we put salt on enough of our food and now you're adding it to fruit too? When I saw this recipe I knew it was time to try it for myself. It turns out the salt brings out the fruit's juices and enhances its natural flavor. That being said, I'm not going to start salting my fruit.
Fresh pineapple (much better than canned) is already sweet and juicy, but the salt and sugar really made the flavors pop. The sweetness of the pineapple is followed by a kick of heat from the cayenne and red pepper flakes. I thought the red pepper flakes added some nice color contrast too. I tried this right away and again after letting it sit overnight, but there wasn't much difference as far as flavors go. Overall, an interesting change of pace for pineapple but not a dish I would make frequently.
While I had fresh pineapple on hand I decided it was time to try some grilled fruit.
While I was excited to finally try grilled fruit, it wasn't what I was hoping for. The sugars in the pineapple caramelized a little giving it a hint of extra sweetness, unfortunately the grilled flavor didn't come through. But that's probably due to our grill, so try it out for yourself and see what happens. (Or let me come over and try it on your grill.) As for the strawberries, they were way too sweet with the brown sugar. Marinating the berries (or pineapple too) in balsamic vinegar enhances the flavor, but fruit is sweet enough as it is without a coating of brown sugar. Combine overly sweet with a soft, mushy texture and I wasn't sold on the grilled strawberries. Then again, texture is big thing with me so go ahead and try it for yourself but skip the sugar.
The last weird thing I'll share with you today was a new "ingredient" for me.
Garlic scapes are the green stems that grow above ground while the garlic bulb grows underground. Think of them like green onions if it helps. The scapes are typically cut off so the plant can put focus more energy towards formation of the actual garlic bulb. I found some at the farmers market and just so happened to have a recipe for garlic scape hummus. Other common uses include pesto, chopped in salad or as an addition to stir-fry.
Food for Thought: "Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time." -Asha Tyson