Experimenting with ingredients

The other day we went to a Thai restaurant and ordered papaya salad after a long discussion about whether we should get papaya or mango salad. We usually eat mango salad, but one of my friends said that the papaya salad was known for its rich taste and wonderful colors. And she was right. Even though both papayas and mangoes are almost similar in their sourness, there is a slight variation that gives each salad its unique flavor.

I was inspired to make lasagna yesterday, but this time I made it with ground turkey. I’ve always made it with ground beef because everyone loves how well it goes with tomatoes. I was surprised to learn that the turkey went just as well as the beef. It brought out a lot of flavors in the cheese that was usually bland. There was also a lot more sauce for the noodles to absorb.

Have you ever tried substituting one of your favorite ingredients with something else and realized that it was way better than you thought?

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