creating the perfect bite

July 15, 2011

I’ve been known to exhibit somewhat particular behaviour when it comes to creating the perfect bite.

I love to cram a delicious little bit of everything onto my fork so that I can experience a perfect explosion of flavours in every single mouthful. It’s something I don’t even think about; but something others tend to notice in me if we spend enough time together.

When I eat curry I want not only the sauce and vegetables or meat on my naan bread, but I want some rice and some of that raita too please.

When eating lovage, lettuce, pea and cucumber soup I added a dollop of plain Greek yoghurt and loved taking spoonfuls from where the yoghurt had not yet seeped and then generous spoonfuls from the yoghurt-territory for a creamy, rich follow up mouthful.

That chargrilled asparagus with roasted cherry tomatoes and haloumi that’s becoming so popular on this site? In my mind, it is perfection because I carefully fork a roasted cherry tomato into a spear of asparagus and then capture some perfectly dressed greens above a base of haloumi: and there’s my perfect bite.

Sweetcorn fritters stand alone in their flavourful little disc-like selves but how much better do they taste with a spoonful of sour cream, crispy bacon, creamy avocado slices, farmer’s cheese, and soft, runny poached eggs? So.much.better.

Of course, you might be thinking, this is simply flavour combining but I think of it as both more than that and less. More because it’s about mindfully eating a meal or dish and really thinking about why these different flavours and textures are so enjoyable together: how they feel in my mouth; how they look on my fork; how they taste. Less because doing this is instinctive to me.

I’m aware that I noticed my Mum do this growing up; perhaps that’s why I do it too. She would spend serious time at dinner fitting every last pea onto a fork with a bite of crisp banger and some creamy mash that’s been swooshed through the last of her gravy.

It’s how I eat and apparently how I learned to eat. How about you?

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Kate KHR July 15, 2011 at 9:29 am

It’s something I’ve noticed a lot when traveling in Britain — but I can’t say I’ve seen it done by more than a handful of my friends and family raised Stateside. I do do this sometimes after observing it in my travels. :)

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Katharina July 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

That is exactly how I eat! And the last bite will entail every delicious kind of flavor that dish has :D It brings me so much please… I JUST LOVE TO EAT!

XO!

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Katharina July 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

pleasure* ;p

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Angharad July 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

I save an ultra perfect last bite til the end too! Glad to hear someone else is like me :)

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts July 16, 2011 at 4:44 am

This made me smile – I think we’re complete opposites in the food combining sense :) I like to eat the components of my meal separately, as far as possible, and enjoy each aspect on its own. That gets attention from others too, so I guess either extreme will draw comment!

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Angharad July 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

Haha, it’s funny isn’t it! I find it really interesting though – how and why we eat the way we do.

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