Tropical Tastebud Tingler
THIS is an unusual foodie experiment that I introduce to my new students. At first, people are sceptical, but then they really get into it. The idea behind it is to challenge and tickle all your tastebuds so that you are experiencing salty, sweet, sour and heat in different combinations.
This helps you to learn how to season food and balance flavours-especially in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.
My favourite combinations are salt and chilli on the pineapple, coconut on the mango and plenty of lime over everything! Good foodie fun with friends to tickle your tastebuds before a meal.
* 2 pineapples
* 4 mangos
* Dried chilli flakes
* Sea salt flakes
* Fresh limes, halved
* Coconut curls or desiccated coconut
* Top and tail the pineapple. Slice off the peel following the curve of the fruit. Cut out the black 'eyes' by following the diagonal line in which they run, then place the pineapple on its side and cut slices -- they should be a star shape.
* Peel the mangos and slice off each 'cheek', using the stone as your guide. Slice the mango halves into thickish slices and fan out.
* Arrange the fruit on a platter and set out bowls of seasoning for everyone to make up their own combinations.