What secret/special ingredient do you add to certain food/dishes?

Hi all,

I was wondering if everyone would like to share any special ingredient/s that you may add to certain foods.

For example mine is:

2tbsp of desicated coconut and 1 tsp of chutney to curry
and
a splash of worcester sauce to bolognaise sauce.
and for juicy sweet carrots after steaming/boiling add a squirt of syrup and knob of butter.

They are not secret ingredients as such but while cooking one day I found the above to make a big difference taste wise.

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  • Bolognaise sauce - a big teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon of red-wine vinegar to stir through just before serving.

    Makes the tomato flavour sing :)
  • SunnyGirl
    SunnyGirl Posts: 2,639 Forumite
    I always add half a teaspoon of sugar to peas and to dishes with a tomato base. This was passed on to me by my Mum :T

    I 'hide' lots of veg in bolognese's, stews & soups and lentils too. For a bolognese I chop the veg in the food processor then put it in with the onions & the kids never notice :D
  • rach
    rach Posts: 5,476
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    balsamic vinegar in spag bol & chilli
    star anise in spag bol
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  • Francesanne
    Francesanne Posts: 2,081
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    I like to add a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard to my bolognaise sauce.
    Gives it a bit of oomph.
  • tanith
    tanith Posts: 8,091
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    Two squares of Dark Chocolate into Chilli Con Carne makes it delice..
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  • *Maya*
    *Maya* Posts: 317 Forumite
    Add small amount of English mustard to cheese sauce. Theres no taste from the mustard but it enhances the cheese flavour and you can use less cheese. Money saving and less fattening. :j
    :)
  • bunty109
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    Stick of cinammon in my chilli con carne. You don't notice it in there, but when I make it without, I notice it isn't there! (and I don't really go a bundle on cinammon!)
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  • Bettyboop
    Bettyboop Posts: 1,343 Forumite
    What great tips so far. So far everything mentioned I never thought to try. Someone told me to baste pork chops in mustard and that tasted awful.


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  • gremlin
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    Im veggie and for any meals using quorn/soya type ingredients I always add a few splashes of Hendersons relish.

    For those not familiar with it its like a veggie alternative to worcester sauce.

    It gives a nice meaty richness to meals that you dont normally get without meat.

    I also add mustard to cheesy meals - I agree that it brings out the cheesiness without tasting it (and I dont like the taste of mustard)
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  • bunty109
    bunty109 Posts: 1,265
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    I do a sauce for pork chops using mustard that's lovely......1 tablespoon of mustard powder; 2 of brown sugar (darker the better) and 3 of orange juice (although I usually up this).
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