|A classic rotisserie chicken, but with apples added and cloves studded along the center of the bird. This adds not so much sweetness as it does contrasting flavour, plus pungency, to what is can be anywhere from mellow to heavily seasoned fare.|
Let's say you have a very mellow palate, similar to Mediterranean cooking, but like pops of flavour, such as those in Indian or Mexican cooking. You've bought an odd squash, or a flavoured rice or pasta. How do you cook it? You have no idea what to do with, say, curry-infused angel hair with red wine infusion and ground fennel. Well, give it a quick thought over first. The individual components are mellow, with a string kick from the red wine. I would first cook the pasta, al dente, then taste it before proceeding. If you don't know your palate, figuring it out is simple. Just think of the most delicious meals you enjoy, often, and think: are they flavourful? Mellow? Pungent? Savoury? Sweet? Sour?
|That's how we get to fare like chocolate truffles overlaid with rose petals. The pink edges are a tad bitter, while the rest of the rose is sweet, melts in your mouth, and may as well be candy.|
So, the red wine pasta can be either quite mellow, or quite pungent, depending what you decide when you taste it. (Note that in this example, the hypothetical cook has never encountered this ingredient before and has zero clue how to use it.) If I decide I want a very mellow feel, I might make a sauce with butter, white wine, and maybe chicken or next to some fish. the interaction of the white wine and red whine will give the dish a kick. Or maybe I am tired, and don't want to do much. add some olive oil to the hot, just-rinsed pasta, add some parsley or rosemary, and toss well. Done. Or, I want a super spicy, pungent dish. Make a sauce from red wine, beef broth, and cut in cherry tomatoes and chile de arbol, ground up. You'd ĉoose something like this because you would understand that you like either s gentle flavour, a gentle flavour with pops of taste, or a super flavourful tastebud attack. And you would pick accordingly, depending what you wanted in your end meal.