[CH] sensory remapping

J. B. Cattley (jbc@mpx.com.au)
Sat, 16 May 1998 03:02:00 +1000

You're pretty much all cooks out there, and flavours are obviously
preeminent, so I'll ask a weird question:

Anyone else out there cook by shape? Hard to explain, but I sort of remap
flavours to a spatial context to do additive/subtractive manipulations on
them. Different flavours fit in different places/directions, and if you know
what I mean, you know what I mean.

In other words, when the curry sticks out equally in all directions, it's
done. This is, I have just realised, why I don't much care for Thai: the
lemongrass just doesn't interlock with the other flavours, but sort of rides
over the top.

I am not synaesthetic, as it doesn't boil down to an actual concrete
sensation, it just seems to be a convenient sensory algebra, IYSWIM.

Anyone else out there not thinking 'Complete loony'?