TGRWT #16 – Chicken and Rose

I’m proud to announce that this month’s edition of They Go Really Well Together is going to be hosted by me, here, on Supernova Condensate! It took a bit of perusing to find a couple of interesting ingredients, but I hope this little pairing will be of interest.

This month’s ingredients are chicken and rose.

Rose is a vibrant flavour which is often overlooked in western cooking, but is frequently used in certain middle eastern and indian dishes. I haven’t had a chance to look into the flavour chemistry of this as much as I’d like to, but I suspect the main volatiles involved might be ionones. Ionones give roses their distinctive scent and (I’m guessing) are probably formed to a lesser degree in cooked chicken via the maillard reaction. A wide range of other foods contain ionones, including raspberries, so you should find plenty to pair with this dish.

Bon appetit!


This is how you can participate in TGRWT #16:

1. Prepare a dish that combines chicken and rose. You can either use an existing recipe (if there is any) or come up with your own.

2. Take a picture of the dish and write an entry in your blog by April 1st with TGRWT #16 in the title. Readers will be particularily interested in how the flavour pairing worked out, so make an attempt at describing the taste and aroma and whether you liked it or not.

If you’d like a larger version of the logo to use, just click the one above for a full sized version.

3. A round-up will be posted here (with pictures). Please send an email to Xanthine (at) gmail (dot) com with the following details: Your name, URL of blog, URL of the TGRWT #16 post and a picture for your entry in the round-up. If you don’t have a blog, email me your name, location, recipe and a brief description of how it worked out and I’ll be glad to include it in the final round-up.

If you have any other queries, please feel free to leave a comment here and I’ll try and help as best I can!

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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10 Responses to TGRWT #16 – Chicken and Rose

  1. invaderxan says:

    Re: Is it possible to enter if my blog is in the greek language?
    Oh, of course! That would be brilliant! :)
    Just e-mail me the English translation when it’s completed, together with a link to your original blog entry in Greek. I look forward to seeing your recipe! :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is it possible to enter if my blog is in the greek language?
    I really hope I can enter, as I am really up for it. A work around the language barrier would be to post everything in greek in my blog, and then send an english post to you. Would that be ok ?
    Many Thanks,
    and good luck everyone !

  3. invaderxan says:

    Anytime! :)

  4. invaderxan says:

    Of course rose water is ok. Did I say anything about needing to use fresh roses…? ;)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Should mention that it’s OK to use rose water if roses that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides are hard to get hold of.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice selection- thanks!

  7. invaderxan says:

    It’s interesting to consider what might and might not work with this one, isn’t it…?

  8. invaderxan says:

    Cool. Have fun! :)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Roberto N.
    Interesting flavor combo… Will look into it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Excellent, I’ll have to join in this time. Hmm… roses.

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