Are there "models" proposing relationships between spices as there are between colors?
(I understand that color is based on the physics of light and that there is no (afaik) "physics of flavor". I am using it as a metaphor)
I'd like to get more creative and adventurous with mixing spices but I've blindly overspiced a few dishes and have grown cautious... I don't really understand what I am doing sometimes when I add spices: what I am trying to achieve.
Oregano and Marjoram – next to each other on the "spice wheel". Marjoram is more polite.
Tarragon – has overnight dates with Cardamon but swears they are not an "item"
Bay Leaves – no one knows what these taste like but they are really important!
I'm joking but I hope you get the gist. Is there a "model" or language with spices? ("Bay Leaves add DEPTH, damn it!!!") which informs how they can be used?