Jell-O ... good (ok, kind of disgusting, but that's a minority opinion). Meat ... good. Soup ... good. But meat Jell-o? That is used to make a solid soup? Another example of "just because you can do something doesn't mean you should."
A food science class at Harvard that addressed the science behind "molecular gastronomy" techniques dove into a request by guest lecturer Wylie Dufresne (frequent Top Chef guest and one of the pioneers of the molecular gastronomy movement) to create a solid soup.
Some meat stocks will form into a gel if chilled because of the gelatin present in animal bones that then hardens when cold, just like the Jell-O mold your grandma serves at Easter. Wylie Dufresne's chefs wanted to experiment with a solid soup that would stay in gel form even when hot.
So, yeah ... hot meat Jell-O. I'm sorry, but even the best chef in the world can't make that sound, let alone be, appealing.
There are certain food combinations that are just not a good idea. If a certain taste combination has never been tried before, there's probably a reason for that.
Top Chef contestant Dale Talde's infamous butterscotch scallops, say, or Rachel's beef trifle on Friends (which did lead to one of the funniest lines in one of the funniest sequences on the show ever ..."This tastes like ... feet!"). Or pretty much anything Sandra Lee invents on her own. Or my husband's idea to put Hollandaise sauce on pancakes or strawberries and cream cheese in an omelet (I was pregnant for that last one and had to leave the house).
What's your favorite ... or least favorite ... weird food combination?
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