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You should eat roast beef with chocolate sauce, say Cambridge University scientists

You should eat roast beef with chocolate sauce, say Cambridge University scientists
Are you going to try out roast beef and chocolate sauce?(Picture: Getty Images)

This Sunday you should try putting some chocolate sauce on your roast beef.

New research from the University of Cambridge claims that combination is very tasty.

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It also says pork and vanilla go well together and roast chicken is delicious with some seaweed.

Dr Sebastian Ahnert and his team at the university studied chemical compounds in order to discover strange flavours that apparently worked well together.

‘It is led to something called computational gastronomy. We can use datasets about food compounds to change the way we experience food,’ he said.

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You should eat roast beef with chocolate sauce, say Cambridge University scientists
Pork goes well with vanilla apparently (Picture: Getty Images).

The study revealed western Europe shared common flavour compounds with North and Latin America.

Other interesting combinations of food included strawberries and mussels and Matcha tea with sour cherries.

But there were some mixes Dr Ahnert warned people to avoid like the plague.

He added: ‘I have tried out a number of things from the datasets.

‘Coffee and potato share a lot of compounds so I made mashed potato with milky coffee. It was horrible. But I’ve had a dish in Paris with coffee and potato that worked.

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‘So the execution is a big part it and that is where chefs can really help.

‘Cooking can also alter compounds so we need to do some work predicting how that can change a flavour profile.’

Dr Ahnert’s team studied 56,498 online recipes and presented the research last week at the Hacking Flavour Perception conference in Oxford.

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