I love to read, always have. But even more I love food. Combine the two and my favourite thing to read is recipe books, food blogs, and chef autobiographies.
I have most recently obtained a copy of The Flavor Thesaurus by Niki Segnit. This book contains flavour combinations for a number of different ingredients, some classic and some that are new and slightly obscure.
Reading this book has opened my eyes to new ideas and new combinations i had never tried nor thought of. And it has made me keen to try out flavour combinations of my own.
And the first thing I come up with? Chili and raisin pancakes. An odd sounding idea but it was truly delicious. The cool of the raisins cuts through the heat of the chili flakes. Amazing what you can do with food!
What you need:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup raisins
1 tbe red chili flakes
Combine the flour, sugar, egg and milk. Stir until everything is combined and there are no lumps of flour left in.
Now add the raisins and chili flakes and mix until they are distributed evenly.
Using a skillet or griddle on a medium heat, pour in enough batter for a single pancake.