..is so different for different people. For me one of the most perfect blend of flavours would be chocolate and orange. I just love the taste of chocolate and orange together.
I love orange, the fruit, orange in cakes, and love chocolate in all forms. Put orange and chocolate in a cake, and what more can I ask for? Jaffa cakes must have been made for me. What I don’t get is, how much husband hates the taste/flavour of orange in sweets. He steers clear of all citrus based cakes and sweets. So when I make chocolate orange muffins, they are all consumed by daughter and myself.
I can’t help wondering how we develop tastes. Each of us seem to have some flavours which we love and some which we are totally put off by. I remember eating something which I was absolutely delighted by, but husband was totally, totally put off, and vice versa. I guess all of you have figured out by now, how diverse our tastes in food are!
I remember reading how we could develop tastes for healthy food, especially in young children by exposing them to healthy eating right from childhood. I am hoping that this theory works, or I am sure to have a very angry daughter when she gets to know that I deprived her of junk food, unnecessarily.
Food is not just about eating is it? It is all about the experiences, the memories, the nostalgia that we associate with certain food. The smell of vanilla in baking, makes me all nostalgic and want to gobble everything up. Similarly, the chaats that I ate when I was growing up is unmatched by anything I eat today. I keep looking for a certain sort of baked mushroom, which I once had somewhere, and is yet to be matched by any restaurant since. Husband says it exists only in my mind. Nostalgia puts a premium value on some foods which might taste absolutely ordinary to others. Comfort foods have their own place, don’t they? Food combinations that sound(and taste) weird to some, tastes heavenly to others. The environment that we grew up in, the food that we had as a child, all contributes to the tastes that we develop.
Apparently,in addition to all these factors, we also have our genes to blame for liking or not liking some food. So next time, we had better not blame the cook/chef for something that we don’t like – it’s all your ancestor’s fault!
Do tell me, what flavours works for you? Do you go eww at cheese or do you go gaga at jalapenos or is it daal-chaawal that makes your meal?
And if the sound of orange and chocolate makes your tastebuds do a jiggy, here you go…