Just when I’m dreary of root vegetables and winter squash, bored with rustic comfort food and stuffed to the gills with the pedestrian turkey, nature titillates my sense of pleasure, and the jewels of winter arrive in the markets. I’m talking about exotic fruits perfect for pairing with winter spices.
Exotic fruits to pair with winter spices
Pomegranates, kumquats, star fruit, guava, passion fruit and pineapple, to name a few, brighten the shelves and lend a touch of the exotic to the cook’s palate. And don’t forget, many of these ingredients are legendary aphrodisiacs! With gems like these on the menu, one doesn’t have to work very hard to create a dressed up and mouth-watering meal.
We tend to think of fruits as items suitable only for snacks or desserts. Maybe a salad but rarely as a part of a main course. This is a shame. Exotic fruits bring balance and acidity to a dish. Many of them are very friendly to grilling or frying. Part of my goal with this winter spices and exotic fruits menu is to inspire you to use more fruits in savory applications.
Pairing these beauties with warming winter spices invents a seductive meal that sounds like the foodie’s version of “My Favorite Things”: Nutmeg on star fruit and allspice on guava. Cinnamon, star anise and juicy papaya. The flavors meld together like a well-composed musical score, and elegance is effortless.
Planning a romantic dinner for two for the holidays? Selecting an array of exotic winter jewels and warming winter spices will create sublime dishes that promise to make beautiful music. Here are the recipes I recommend.
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Diane Brown is author of The Seduction Cookbook: Culinary Creations For Lovers
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