Monday, September 28, 2015

Jams + Fruits: Exotic Flavors+New Pairings

Fancy Foods Show/NYC

Fruits in all forms-are the savory compliments to a wide category of foods...most notably when paired with cheeses, as a dessert topping or as an unexpected ingredient in a flavorable sauce.
Specialty Foods Award nominees include a bunch of exotically flavored jams...many spicy-and tropical fruit flavors.

Notably-less-the additives....even the  sweet part of the iconic peanut butter and jelly duo-has gotten more sophisticated...and more natural-meaning no corn syrup sweetness, funky preservatives, or other oddly pronounced, eyebrow arching 'stuff.'

Some Highlights:

Wild Strawberries  in syrup from Fabbri Fragola a beautiful jar -eye candy for the kitchen pantry!  Typically a dessert topping...our French side used to have 2-3 of these as an after-meal treat-on its own...with added liquor, of course!

Coconut is an 'it' ingredient---and HEY BOO = "East meets West" Srikaya jam - is delicious on toast, waffles, and with creamy cheeses (pairings galore, actually) -inspired by the proprietor's Southeastern Asian heritage. Inside-premium coconut milk, cane sugar and egg yolk - the primary ingredients

Bonne Maman Preserves are the first upscale jams we remember seeing in NYC grocery are the spreads for cheeses (+charcuterie+prosciutto)-in 2 flavors- Purple Fig Spread and Black Cherry Spread. 

Obsessed! Can Bech "Just For Cheese" signature pairings are made of 100% natural ingredients...five delicious flavors of fruits, nuts and spices---that are specifically conjured up for hard, soft, blue, soft-ripened, and washed rind selections. YAY. Takes out the guess work! Great packaging too.

what else-preserved figs of Empordà...goes well with soft-ripened cheeses (sheep's milk cheese=dessert) or as a layer in a gourmet sandwich of vanilla ice cream between 2 ginger snaps IMO.

great gift too--- with Golden Apple caramelized with tender pistachios from Turkey+Sri Lanka cinnamon-for hard paste cheeses, Raspberries with rose petal+Szechuan pepper for pairing w/ fresh+soft cheeses, Black Figs w/ Australian macadamia nuts+Jamaican allspice-w/ blue cheeses, Peaches & Apricots with Goji berries+Guatemalan cardamon -pairs with soft ripened cheeses, and Black Grapes with Majorcan almonds for pairing with soft paste and washed rind cheeses. 
Other Fancy Food Show 2015 Posts:

Premier Chocolates+Caramels: Part 1Part 2