Partners in the kitchen

Perfect partnership. Slice of ginger crunch on a patterned china plate with a latte glass. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

A perfect partnership: homemade ginger crunch and a latte. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

One of the definitions of partner offered by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is:

one of two or more people, businesses, etc., that work together or do business together

Perhaps one shouldn’t talk about foodstuffs being “in partnership”, but it is true that some combinations of food flavours, textures and even colours work well together.

Cheese and onion, dark chocolate and orange, fish and chips. Some combinations are common-place; others may be more a matter of personal taste.

Here are some food partnerships you’ll find in my kitchen.

Would the purists admit it as a Salad Nicoise? Seared tuna, boiled egg and saute potatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Would the purists admit it as a Salad Nicoise? Seared tuna, boiled egg and saute potatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

One for the boy-child. Grilled pork with fennel, apple and walnuts. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

One for the boy-child. Grilled pork with fennel, apple and walnuts. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Warm salad of lentils, crisp sage leaves, feta and baby tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Warm salad of lentils, crisp sage leaves, feta and baby tomatoes. Image: Su Leslie, 2015

Lamb and rosemary. Lamb leg roasted with anchovy and garlic rub, fresh rosemary and fresh lemon. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Lamb and rosemary. Lamb leg roasted with anchovy and garlic rub, fresh rosemary and fresh lemon. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

This post was written for the Daily Post Photo Challenge. This week the theme is partners.

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48 thoughts on “Partners in the kitchen

  1. OmG! This looks all soooo delicious, Su!!! Absolutely mouth-watering ๐Ÿ˜€
    When I cook, itยดs also quite colour-oriented so to speak: love the italian colours very much, for example some nice penne rigate, green asparagus, babay tomatoes and freshly grated parmesan/or feta… ๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping a meal simple nearly always guarantees the best results, I feel ๐Ÿ˜‰ Too many ingredients and your palate gets overwhelmed. Just sipping at my green tea but would love to sip from your latte right now ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Delicious pairings and dishes all round, Su. They look absolutely mouth-watering and I’m sure your kitchen is quite popular ๐Ÿ˜€ I really like the lentils, feta and baby tomatoes. That dish look so fresh and it could be a filling breakfast or a refreshing light lunch. Apart from what you have suggested, I think cheese and ham always, always go well with toasted multi-grain bread ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Hm. I suspect that it’s more to do with the fact that I find cooking an outlet for creativity that appeals to my pragmatic nature. I like to make stuff, and making food (which I can pretty much guarantee will be eaten) seems more practical that painting or knitting or whatever. After all, there are only so many walls to hang the paintings on, and only so many knitted sweaters a person can wear!

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      • Yes, I think I’ve mentioned before how cooking is stressful for me, not at all an outlet for creativity, but simply a means to an end—eating! But then—I don’t paint or knit either! I wonder why they have kept me around for so long…. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • My mum is the same. I think she was incredibly relieved when we all left home and she didn’t have to think up (and cook) meals for us anymore. These days her cuisine choices might be called minimalist!

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      • Well, since neither of my daughters like to cook (and one is in the restaurant business), I think my hypothesis is not true. Boy-child will probably love cooking!

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      • Hehe. He texted last night to say he cooked spaghetti carbonara for his first meal in his new home. It’s a dish I particularly dislike, and he loves, so I think it will get cooked quite a lot in the new place.

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