So we tried this recipe by Daniel Boulud. Braised ground beef with yellow split peas, dried apricots and apples.
The spice combo and method seemed intriguing, and it is supposedly tested and true seeing how its from Mr Chef Allstar Boulud. I won't bore you with the entire recipe, but suffice it to say it contained apple juice, quite a bit of vinegar and the juice of two lemons, onions, diced apples, yellow split peas. In the end it tasted so sour and sweet that it's barely palatable. Well, you can eat it but its just over the top. We served it with a combo wild rice and jasmine. We followed the recipe to a 't' and its so vinegary and sour and sweet. I can account for the apple juice to be sweetened (no added sugars in the ingredient list though) and the onions but adding sufficient salt to counter would make it plainly unhealthy. I should have limited the vinegar, and noticed all the sweet with the apricots and apples, but hey, it's Mr Boulud, right?
So . . .
I will add more of the spice powder mix( cloves, nutmeg, pepper, ground ginger) to bring back that Moroccan feel, but what the hell can I do about the sour /sweetness? We considered adding some cream. Maybe some potatoes or other veggies to soak up some of the juices it was swimming in and cook for another 20 minutes? What about something with umami, and if so, in what form?