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Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.

No, no, no. All of those things sounds dreadful. My husband went through a peanut butter and cheddar cheese phase, but I only eat peanut butter with jelly (my favorite lunch). That’s the way it’s supposed to be eaten, though I’ve found that fresh strawberries or blueberries are excellent, too. I have eaten turkey and cranberry sandwiches in November, but I don’t think that’s strange, do you?

Now, how could you possibly improve on bacon and eggs, except with the English addition of fried bread, grilled tomato and sausage? (Forget the kippers!) Personally, I like bacon, sausages (those little breakfast ones), and eggs with pancakes, preferably wholewheat or buckwheat — with maple syrup, real, of course. Would I put ketchup on bacon on eggs — no way! On pancakes — yuk. Would I put maple syrup on a hot dog — no, I don’t think so.

My daughter had a flatmate from Denmark when she was at university in England who liked to put ketchup on spaghetti! Not in my lifetime! But I think they eat dried fish too — I have given that a “no thank you” taste.

I can’t imagine eating ice cream with bacon on it — but I’ve heard of people who do. I really can’t admit to eating anything that’s not a “normal” combination. Either I’m sensible or not adventurous enough.

Perhaps my furthest ventures into mixing somewhat incongruent ingredients would be in Indian food — fruits, coconut, nuts, hot peppers, apples, mangoes — for example. But they do work together to make quite interesting combinations. And some of the chutneys sound pretty strange, but are really quite good, so I’m not totally opposed to trying new things.

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