Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Baked bean and chip pizza
National tastes have never been stranger as Britons tuck into weird and wonderful food combinations from Weetabix and butter to chicken with marmalade, according to a study of strange meals.
Family bakers Warburtons commissioned a survey of 1,000 adults to find the bizarre recipes which get made in kitchens up and down the country.
Oddities included sandwich fillings such as Mars Bar and peanut butter with bacon, honey over cheese and Marmite mixed with lemon curd.
Yet while these - and others such as curry-flavoured ice-cream - may be isolated, other strange meals have become accepted as normal. The survey found several examples which had become everyday combos, such as meatball sandwiches - as eaten by Joey in the television sitcom, Friends - which has been tested by at least 24 per cent of those surveyed.
Homer Simpson's favourite, the bacon and maple syrup pancake has been tried by 18 per cent of Brits.
Marmite flavoured crisps are now a big seller, along with baked bean pizzas, pepper vodka and tomato sorbet.
Some chefs have built a career of odd combinations, said Warburtons, citing the Fat Duck's award-winning cook Heston Blumenthal who has served snail porridge and bacon and egg flavoured ice- cream to critical acclaim.
Mandy Lloyd, of the Birmingham College of Food, said: "People are prepared to be more adventurous with their food now.
Wide choice in supermarkets, lots of TV food programmes and more exotic travelling all play their part in widening our food horizons and have given us the confidence to experiment with flavours and ingredients."
Susie Fernside, brand manager at Warburtons, added: "It's great to see how daring we are when it comes to food."
Source: The Scotsman
Top 10 most unusual concoctions:
1. Spaghetti Bolognese on a bed of crisps
2. Mars Bar sandwich
3. Chicken casserole with chocolate sauce
4. Coca-Cola with milk
5. Gherkins and ice cream
6. Peanut butter and bacon sandwich
7. Banana in chicken soup
8. Honey and cheese sandwich
9. Chocolate and salted crisps
10. Coca-Cola and red wine
How about you? What are your favourite strange food combos?
Posted by The Mistress at 2:02 AM