SWEET & SOURS ? ... FLAVOUR BALANCING ... ANYONE..

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right,

ive been into my cooking for a while now, i'd say i'm a cook, not a chef .. chefs in my eyes, make there own meals up off the top of their heads, i can do this on a basic level..

but a cook, like me .. i just get a decent cook book, find some spankin fancy nosh ..follow the Method word for word .. and end up with a nice meal ..

so ... i'd like to step up a level ..

now my question for the forum foodies..

i watch alot of food programs, read stuff, and they are always going on about the correct/right balance of sweet & sours .. like those gimps on masterchef , its their favourite catchphrase im sure..

now how / and what is this balance .. where does the sour come from and where the sweet ? .. all in one meal obviously..

id like to understand flavour combination's and what works well together, sweet / sours, etc ..

so then hopefully id be able to start making meals up off the top of my bonce .


so 2 anyone that has a slightest idea..

what the fuck is this perfect balance of sweet & sours .. and what food groups would these list under..



and its salty , sweet , sour , spicy .. blah blah blah .. i think once this is understood, and you learn what foods compliment each other .. then your on to a winner right ???
 

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haha yea.. good shit .. gotta love you guys.. bit sensible wasnt it .. and to be honest .... i dont acutally think its a questions that can be easily answered... chef work years to understand flavours .. ive looked for a book .. but ... anyway who cares lets waffle ..

 

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all i can say is just experiment. i dunno, you kinda learn what goes together i guess, it is all down to experience and personal preference. personally i don't like sweet stuff too much, prefer sour/bitter things. all depends on what you like innit
 

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Lime/Lemon & Sugar, simples, tasting the food as you add is the key, more difficult with slow cookers obviously, when marinading just taste the marinade raw before you put the meat in to check the balance.

Seen.
 

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yea.. the yankis make me laff on gordon ramsays nightmares.. when they put like lemon , peanut butter, chocolate , and fish .. and think its some dish that works ..

madness .. heston is a master at what he does, for mixing flavours and making them work.. but hes next level .. i just wanna know if basil will work well in my vanilla icecream , and that kind of weird and wonderful thing
 
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