A big part of what I do in the kitchen is experimenting. I rarely follow a recipe (besides when I want to make a soufflé or something similarly difficult). Lately I’ve been reading about the different flavors, how the enhance each other and where the different cultures take them from. I really recommend doing your own research into that – it’s really interesting and inspiring.
To give you an example or as inspiration I mixed up this really classic chicory and orange salad and added all five flavors. There’s obviously chicory (bitter) and orange (sweet), but I also added garlic (spice), lime (sour) and vinegar (salty). There are a few more ingredients to complement the salad, but it’s a really easy and quick winter recipe. Hope you enjoy it!
1 handfull pecan nuts
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 clove garlic
(Preparation time 15 minutes)
1. Cut off the bottom of the chicory and wash all the leaves. Then place it on a cutting board and cut it every 1-2 cm. Fillet the orange (there are lots of great videos out there covering that topic if you need help), cut the apple half into half again and slice it into thin pieces and cut the pecan nuts into small bits as well. Then put everything in a bowl.
2. For the dressing juice the lime into a small bowl. Press the garlic into the same bowl, then add all the other ingredients.
3. Toss the dressing over the salad, mix well and serve!