Originally Posted by Koukouvagia
Are we disagreeing with facts here or opinions? I don't think it's up to any of us to disagree with someone's opinion of taste. Some of these combinations are not at all appealing to me but I'm sure someone with culinary knowledge can make them work. Pork is often paired with apples or pineapple. It's not my cup of tea but if such a large portion of the population likes it then who am I to say "absolutely not?" It's just a preference.
Duck is more often paired with fruit than not. I've been known to make a mean seared duckbreast with blackberry sauce.
To the OP I say that often you will see wild fowl paired with fruit. It has a strong flavor and often benefits from the acidity and sweetness. However, you can't get a more bland meat than chicken. I'm sure you enjoy your chicken salad with strawberries, however I'd say that chicken benefits more from savoury influences than sweet. Afterall you don't want to serve up a blueberry chicken cheesecake.
I'm sure you're right, Koukou, after all, I'm as you suggest only an unworthy culinary ignorant.
So I'm humbly correcting my own words; "There's a groundrule in cooking; do not combine fresh fruit with meat or fish"
into "There's a groundrule in cooking to be very careful with using fresh fruit in savory dishes."
Cooked apples are indeed delicious with pork and chicken. And people use a lot of berries and even citrus in sauces, such as canard à l'orange.
And there's also the use of dried prunes, (half)dried apricots, raisins etc. But I was only referring to fresh fruit which also don't included canned pineapple in syrup, canned pears in syrup even mandarine in syrup etc.
And yes, I have had cranberries once a year on Christmas evening and none other of the following 364 days.
We even have a very nice dish with meatballs combined with cherries, the canned ones, the fresh stuff doesn't work that well.
Meanwhile Hadikhan already posted a recipe. I'm sure your comment will be greatly appreciated, Koukou.
Here it is; http://www.cheftalk.com/forum/thread/64652/thai-fusion-pasta