TGRWT #13: Caraway and Chocolate/Cocoa

I may have to do this one. While reading what Erik at Fooducation wrote about the Food Timeline, I noticed that he is posting this month's They Go Really Well Together (TGRWT). TGRWT, as you may remember, is a food pairing competition. You take two ingredients that generally are not classically paired but should go together well anyways. This month's competition is Chocolate (or Cocoa) and Caraway. This sounds really good. Caraway is generally used in, well, rye bread. Probably other things as well, but it is most strongly associated with rye, at least for me. I've always loved hiding it in dishes as a kind of secret ingredient. I know exactly what I'm going to do with this, as well. Muhahaha. Details later. Later, I say! Go to the original post to learn how to enter, but the gist is to make something using this combo and post about it, good or bad, by December 31. Erik will round everything up and tell us more about how this pairing works. >> Blog Archive >> Foodpairing website launched » Blog Archive>> Foodpairing website launched: " Groovy! Foodpairing website launched The long awaited website on foodpairings has now been launched, and they've also registred the corresponding blogspot name (which isn't online yet as of today). The beautiful photos, great design and easy maneuvering makes it an excellent place to start if you are looking for some new and perhaps surprising combinations of foods. The foods are grouped into categories such as cocoa (?), dairy, fruits, meat, sea food and vegetables. One of the vegetables listed is cauliflower, and clicking it reveals that the topic of TGRWT #7 (caramelized cauliflower and cocoa) is one of several possible combinations. This is how it is displayed (an important detail is that the shorter the distance between the names, the more flavours they have in common). As an added bonus interchangeable herbs and spices are also listed."

So, Obviously this is very cool. As mentioned on Khymos, it's a good place to start, and is certainly very interesting. If you read the full post, you'll see a couple of concerns with how well the pairings will work in some circumstances, depending on how significant the commonalities between the ingredients are. Naturally, I want more more more. I want to be able to click on, for example, cinnamon, see that it links to geranium, and then be able to click on geranium to see what that links to. I'd like to be able to select two items and see what other things they have in common and the relative strengths of the links. I want all of the food knowledge of the universe instantly downloaded into my brain so that I...oh, sorry. Got a little far in. Anyways, this is very cool, and I look forward to giving it a try.