The ‘Tastewheel’ holds the key behind any tasteful dishes: Balance!
What are the components?
Base: These are your veggies and grains. Their key role: Making you full.
Spices: Aromas add character to your dish. Maximize their flavor by frying them with oil, alcohol, and sours.
Umami: Gives depth to your taste. 'Umami' is not something magical and artistic only Michelin chefs do - to get umami you just need to add an umami ingredient to your dish.
Sweet: Sweetness is not always unhealthy - and it adds balance and depth to your dish. Lacking flavor? Add a bit of sweetness.
Sour: No-one likes vinegar by itself... but sourness adds balance to any dish. Always add some!
Toppings: Add that extra oumph with something crunchy, aromatic, and beautiful.
Pssst... Of course you should always also add salt ;-)
The 'Tastewheel' can be customized: To focus on a particular health target (high protein, low carb, antioxidants etc), ingredients from a particular cuisine (Thai, Indian, Italian,....), or food pairings to a seasonal local ingredient (kale, eggplant,...).
How to use the Tastewheel
Create your dish
A tasteful includes 1-3 ingredients from each grouping + salt.
Pimp your dish
Run through the Tastewheel as a checklist, making sure you’re not missing any flavor.