Enjoy a new take on fine dining

Explore how simplicity and luxury enhance fine dining. It's not just about complex recipes, but also thoughtful pairings and refined touches that elevate flavors.

Unusual flavour pairings

Introduce strong flavours

An easy way to get started with elevating your meals is to introduce ingredients that have strong flavours. High-quality spices, sauces, and garnishes that pack a punch can add real depth and character to a meal, taking it to the next level with minimal effort. Here are some suggestions to try out:

  1. Truffle: The ultimate luxury ingredient, truffle adds an irresistible earthiness to food. Try drizzling truffle oil over a white pizza, or for a real treat, grate fresh truffle over creamy scrambled eggs.
  2. Saffron: A few strands of this opulent spice can transform an ordinary dish into something memorable. Incorporate saffron into desserts like saffron-infused ice creams, cakes, or panna cotta to add a unique twist.
  3. Aged Parmesan: A small sprinkle of freshly grated aged Parmesan adds a deep, nutty flavour to any dish. Try coating pork fillets in Parmesan breadcrumbs before pan-frying.
  4. Balsamic vinegar: The perfect mix of sweet and tangy, balsamic vinegar and balsamic glaze add complexity and depth to tomato sauces, chillies, stews, and soups.

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Experiment with flavour pairings

Sweet and salty, hot and sour, or spicy and fresh? Fine dining chefs are skilled at putting together daring flavour combinations that challenge culinary norms. Feel inspired by unusual flavour pairings to take food to the next level.

• Wrap salty prosciutto around slices of sweet melon for a simple but tasty starter.

• Add chopped mango and sliced red chillies to a spinach salad for a fiery, tropical experience.

• Umami, known as the fifth taste, works well with acidic ingredients. Try pairing umami-rich mozzarella with acidic tomatoes and balsamic vinegar.

• Experiment by adding a couple of fresh basil leaves to your morning strawberry smoothie for a twist on a favourite.

Sweet and salty suggestions

Feed a crowd

Why not put your newfound fine dining knowledge into practice by hosting a dinner party for your friends and family? With the Scaled Recipes feature, you can scale your chosen dish to feed the amount of people around your dinner table. Whether you’re cooking soup, salmon or risotto, there’ll be plenty for everyone!

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Sauces with wow factor


Whether it's a velvety béarnaise, a zesty citrus reduction, or a rich red wine jus, sauces have the power to elevate the taste and texture of your meal. They also add visual appeal, with a drizzle or two of flavoured oil or a dab of pesto taking even the plainest pasta dish from a weeknight staple to a weekend treat.

One type of sauce that can be tricky to master is the emulsion. Made by combining two ingredients that don’t easily mix together, emulsions can often separate. Thanks to Thermomix®, however, making an emulsion is simple and stress-free. Click here to discover how to prepare impressive emulsion sauces that will compliment any dish.

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