Baked beans and ice cream sounds intriguing, and it looks nice. I might have to try it; although I rarely have either around the house, I'm a big fan of baked beans. Sarah and I did a *sort* of macaroni and cheese pizza a while ago, although it had only sliced tomato, no tomato sauce. It also had alfalfa sprouts. It was weird but tasty.
I like chocolate chip cookies in chicken noodle soup. I haven't had it in years and years, but it combines savory and sweet while also giving you the crunch that oyster crackers or saltines would add to the soft soup ingredients.
I went through some very unsuccessful experiments trying to make curries before I actually sat down and read through some stuff on Indian cooking techniques. The sauces are a lot more complicated than I expected. One of the easiest things to experiment with is a basic marinara sauce; you can think up any combination of meat, beans, fish, vegetables, spices and herbs to add and it's usually at least passable. Frozen corn, for example, is good if you just are trying to throw something in the pot to make your meal more than pasta and tomato.
Izawwlgood wrote:fried sausage with my pasta ... cheese blocks in crispy salad
If this is your idea of experimentation, I can't imagine what you consider normal.