Enhancing ordinary food

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Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Hammer » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:39 pm UTC

This thread is about simple little tricks to make ordinary food into a special treat.

For example, try:
Stirring a spoonful of coffee ice cream into a cup of hot cocoa
Making oatmeal with water or milk where you've steeped a chai teabag
Mixing browned sausage into canned potato soup
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby someguy » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:58 pm UTC

I'll throw a few cummin seeds into greens salads now and then for a change. Or toasted sunflower seeds (sans hull.)

I'm not sure I'd go as far as calling either variation a 'special treat,' but I like them.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby d33p » Tue Nov 13, 2007 9:59 pm UTC

Dried chili powder into hot cocoa for that special gypsy treat. Tastes like decadent sex in a mug.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Robin S » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:02 pm UTC

Tabasco sauce in ribena, or powdered ginger in lemonade.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby davef » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:09 pm UTC

Fry eggs with a bit of chili powder in the oil. Eat on toast.

Seriously!
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Hammer » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:10 pm UTC

davef wrote:Fry eggs with a bit of chili powder in the oil. Eat on toast.

Seriously!

YUM!!!
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby tiny » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:22 pm UTC

Tomato sauce + creme fraîche = heaven
Baked potatoes + black sesame (Sesamum indicum nigrum) = yum
(Sugar/2)*honey = extraordinarily tasty
Brown sugar instead of the white one = delicious caramel note
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Robin S » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:36 pm UTC

tiny wrote:(Sugar/2)*honey = extraordinarily tasty
That reminds me: honey and yoghurt. Combine in proportions according to taste.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby peter » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:39 pm UTC

I find that mixing up what cheese you put on a sandwich makes eating them much more exciting. Because, honestly, sandwiches can get a little boring now and then.

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby scowdich » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:50 pm UTC

One suggestion I've heard is adding a packet of hot chocolate mix to the coffee machine before turning it on. I've never tried it myself, but I'm told it's quite good.

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby d33p » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:53 pm UTC

It is quite good. You get mocha, essentially. I tried running Mt Dew through a coffee machine once instead of water, for the added caffeine (back in college, cram night)... I can't recommend that.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Robin S » Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:57 pm UTC

Hehe, coffee grains in boiling Red Bull. I have got to try that sometime...
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby MuseSik » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:30 pm UTC

Spike...
Look for it in the baking isle with the spices. Put it on anything, chicken, beef, raman noodles, vegetables, and possibly ice cream, spike makes everything it touches exponentially better.

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Tisiphone » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:36 pm UTC

I use olive oil with salt and garlic instead of salad dressing. Actually I use it for pretty much anything I can dip stuff into. It's way tastier than any dressing and way healthier. I also put sugar on any citrus fruit if it's too sour.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:50 pm UTC

Big spoon of quality vanilla ice cream to coffee, to make it.... SUPER COFFEE!!

Also... DONT ADD HOT CHOCOLATE POWDER TO THE COFFEE MACHINE!!! Specifically, don't add it to the coffee grounds. I repeat, DO NOT DO THIS! The water MUST GO THROUGH THE GROUNDS. If you add hot chocolate powder, the filter become WATERPROOF, and all of the water will overflow the filter, and cover your counters and floor in scalding light brown liquid.

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Nath » Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:57 am UTC

Ginger ale and lemonade.
Yogurt and sugar. Optionally, add a banana. The sugar gives a nice crunch.
Fried egg sandwich with ketchup, salt, pepper and a bit of orange marmalade. No, seriously.

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Sastira » Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:05 am UTC

Edit: moved to recipes.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:21 am UTC

That' more of a recipe than an enhancement...

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Sastira » Wed Nov 14, 2007 1:23 am UTC

I suppose the enhancement I saw was the adding of the various spices and the mozzerella.

Perhaps I'll move that over to recipies. :)
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:00 am UTC

It was too complex for my "add cheese and FRY!" mentality! AUGH!!

Also, adding bacon to garlic gnocchi. Mmmmmmmm mmmmmm!

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Hammer » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:28 am UTC

Tisiphone wrote:I use olive oil with salt and garlic instead of salad dressing.

Mmmm. Sounds like a good thing to pour into half an avocado...
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby davef » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:54 am UTC

I have a bottle of olive oil with chili and ginger in it, that makes Everything Taste Better.

Aaaaaand - bed.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Hammer » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:17 am UTC

davef wrote:Aaaaaand - bed.

Is this a suggestion to enhance food? :D
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby clockworkmonk » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:47 am UTC

I sometimes use olive oil mixed with lemon juice with a dash of honey for a salad dressing.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby davef » Wed Nov 14, 2007 2:04 pm UTC

Hammer wrote:
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Is this a suggestion to enhance food? :D

Sure - doesn't everything taste better when eaten in bed?

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby d33p » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:05 pm UTC

Hammer wrote:Mmmm. Sounds like a good thing to pour into half an avocado...

That's what I do with seafood salad.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Zohar » Wed Nov 14, 2007 3:53 pm UTC

Use different condiments to spice things up - not just black pepper but also chili or hot paprika (there's also sweet paprika). They taste completely different and you feel them at different times while chewing. When making anything with tomatoes, I add all three.

Add some sugar to anything with tomatoes.

Add nutmeg to anything with a creme base.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Girl™ » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:15 pm UTC

Spike is yummy, but I only ever eat it on avocados. A sliced avocado with nothing but Spike is a delicious snack.

Adding a pat of butter when you cook fried rice makes it taste like what they have at hibachi restaurants.

A slice of fresh, organic tomato is magic on grilled cheese sandwiches. It's not nearly as good when tomatoes aren't in season, though. Alternately, a sprinkling of oregano or basil mixed in with the cheese is really great.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby tiny » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:47 pm UTC

Nutmeg is good for broccoli, too.
I heard it's good to add a wee bit of cinnamon to everything you cook, since cinnamon causes the different tastes to merge and fuse together (that's how a friend described it to me). Didn't try it yet.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby d33p » Wed Nov 14, 2007 4:50 pm UTC

I always mix stone-ground mustard in with my tuna fish for a little kick.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:12 pm UTC

If you intend on making gingerbread cookies this Christmas, add a teaspoon or two of rum extract to the batter. Also, instead of using ginger and cinnamon only, use apple pie spice. It's a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Hammer » Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:15 pm UTC

Many otherwise pedestrian cheeses and dips can be redeemed with really good crackers.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby clockworkmonk » Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:16 pm UTC

I toast the bread before making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. and I put honey in the middle.
makes it very awesome.

and for a while, I carried around Habanero flakes to add spice to everything.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby podbaydoor » Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:06 pm UTC

Chai + milk + creamer + 1 shot of Kahlua = wonderful.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:10 pm UTC

Add a jar of ground horseradish to your jar of mayonnaise to make it edible. You wouldn't want to make a chocolate mayonnaise cake with that jar, but it makes for some kickass tuna salad or club sandwiches.

Today for lunch I had macaroni and cheese with tuna and diced tomato mixed in. Very simple, and better than sliced hot dogs by far.

When cooking scrambled eggs for use in things like fried rice or sushi, add some sherry to the beaten eggs, about 1/4 cup per two large, or to taste.

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Kawa » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:37 pm UTC

Different, layered cheese on a grilled cheese sandwich. I think I've done Fontina, cheddar, and provolone. Mmmmmph. With some quality tomato soup, you're made.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby d33p » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:40 pm UTC

There was a great article in the NY Times a couple weeks back about gourmet grilled cheese, and one featured Gruyere on butter-soaked sourdough. I drooled for days.

I like to add tequila and lime to almost any whitefish, instead of the typical lemon.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby pollywog » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:48 am UTC

Adding chili powder, or another hot powdery thing, to a banana and icecream milkshake makes it much, much better.

Just checking now, I typically use ground cayenne pepper, and sprinkle it on top. Mmmmm.
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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Gordon » Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:52 am UTC

pollywog wrote:Adding chili powder, or another hot powdery thing, to a banana and icecream milkshake makes it much, much better.

Just checking now, I typically use ground cayenne pepper, and sprinkle it on top. Mmmmm.

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Re: Enhancing ordinary food

Postby Ren » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:15 pm UTC

I generally mix cinnamon into my hot chocolate.
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