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Interesting theme-meals

Postby Zohar » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:40 pm UTC

Me and my friends decided to experiment a bit. We thought we'd try and have theme meals from time to time.

One idea we had yesterday was "strangely colored food". This came about after discussing purple potatoes. Now, though, we have a bit of difficulty finding more strange stuff to put in it. Do you have any ideas? We figured maybe strangely-colored pasta (woah! mix different spices in different parts of the dough and then make multi-colored pasta! Awesome!). We think maybe some creative dessert is in order, etc.

Another idea I had was "stuffed dinner" - everything will be stuffed - dumplings, egg rolls etc. Again, need a dessert idea but it would probably wouldn't be too difficult to find something appropriate.

So, I'd like to hear your suggestions. First, regarding the strange color dinner, second about the stuffed dinner and lastly if you had any theme dinners of your own.
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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby anterovipunen » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:09 pm UTC

shrooms.... if you like them can be very interesting sometimes :mrgreen: red potatoes definately odd.... mashed?? add some squid... marshmellows?? stuff it all inside a chicken? I dont think this meal should taste good :mrgreen:

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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby Moo » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:17 pm UTC

Ooh fun!

(I'm putting the first draft of this in spoiler cause really it didn't answer the question at all :) )
Coloured food: Accidentally used his nameHubby and I were just the other night discussing adding food colouring while cooking the rice to make funky coloured sushi.
Pasta is a very good idea (you can buy green and tricoloured (green, orange, regular) dried pasta in the shops - at least around here. I think they use spinach and carrot extracts to colour it).
Pie pastry and mashed potato could easily be coloured with either food colour or spices like paprika or turmeric.
You could make salad from all unexpected colour ingredients - like red: red/purple types of lettuce and cabbage, red peppers, tomato; or yellow: yellow pepper, carrots, light coloured bean sprouts or nuts, sweetcorn.
You can make a mousse in any colour you want. I have a "cheat" mousse recipe somewhere that uses whipped cream and packets of jelly (Am: jello) (but I don't think you eat commercial gelatine though, as a vegetarian do you, so not that helpful). Or custard with colouring added?
I'm sure if you poach brightly coloured fruit the resulting syrup would be coloured by it - like prunes or berries making the water purply-black or strawberries making it red; then you can use that in a desert to colour and sweeten it? Like mousse or meringue nests.
Naturally occurring food in unexpected colours? Hmm. Besides what's already been discussed I don't really know. Purple sprouting brocolli? I've seen orange coloured cherry tomatoes. That's all I got.
[edit]anterovipunen reminded me I have a recipe for black risotto with squid ink if you want (would a vege eat squid ink coloured things?)
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<sorry this is part "strangely coloured" and part just "multi-coloured" food, I kinda lost sight of the directive :) >
Coloured food: Steve and I were just the other night discussing adding food colouring while cooking the rice to make funky coloured sushi.
Pasta is a good idea (you can buy green and tricoloured (green, orange, regular) dried pasta in the shops - at least around here - but then it's not that weird I suppose. I think they use spinach and carrot extracts to colour it).
Pie pastry and mashed potato could easily be coloured with either food colour or spices like paprika or turmeric.
You can make cool salad - three different ones, each a different colour. Like traffic light salad. One reddish one - red/purple types of lettuce and cabbage, red peppers, tomato; one green one - lettuce, cucumber, avocado, green pepper; one orangey one - yellow/orange pepper, carrots, light coloured bean sprouts or nuts, sweetcorn.
Obviously ice cream is different colours, or you can make a mousse in any colour you want. I have a "cheat" mousse recipe somewhere that uses whipped cream and packets of jelly (I don't think you eat commercial gelatine though, as a vegetarian do you, so not that helpful). Or custard with colouring added?
Or you can poach different colours of fruit in sugary syrup and serve with complimentary coloured ice cream? Or mini pastry cases baked with different coloured fruit in?
[edit]anterovipunen reminded me I have a recipe for black risotto with squid ink if you want (would a vege eat squid ink coloured things?)


Stuffed dessert... hmmm... Apples stuffed with raisins and brown sugar, baked and served with custard or ice cream? Profiteroles / mini choc eclairs (choux pastry buns "stuffed" with cream and served with chocolate dipping sauce or choc fondue)? If you could somehow get the stone out of the peach without having to halve it, almost like coring an apple, you could poach it then stuff it with sweetened cream?
Other ideas on the subject include stuffed olives as antipasta, obviously; and stuffed baked peppers are super yummy. Caneloni, ravioli and tortelini are stuffed and esp the last two easy to make yourself; non-vegetarians could have whole stuffed chicken or stuffed chicken breasts too.
My mom always "stuffs" a halved butternut with other veg and/or feta, or fills cooked and halved baby/gem squash with sweetcorn and cheese, then bakes it, really yummy.

Other themes... hmmm....
-Layers (off the top of my head: goats cheese, tomato and grilled aubergine stack for starter, (roast veg) lasagne, trifle or tiramisu?);
-Everything in the meal symetric shapes (sushi rolls, spinakopita or samusa triangles, that kind of thing);
-Around the world (every dish from a different distinct regional cuisine).
-All foods that start with a certain letter?
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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby drbhoneydew » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:31 pm UTC

Coloured stuff: You could go for things that we don't regard as the "right" colour. Eg Purple carrots (which is what the originals were; it was merely a sustained selective breeding effort by Dutch Nationalists that produced the orange one), Blood oranges, bronze fennel, black tomatoes. Just don't go for green meat...

Other themes.
All the right ingredients, not necessarily in the expected places:
Fruit normally used as veg used as fruit eg tomatoes, aubergines (apparently the Turks sometimes have them for pudding - fried with a sugary batter)
Veg normally used as fruit used as veg eg rhubarb.
I'll bet someone could figure out a savoury version of jelly & ice cream. (Something in aspic + Cucumber sorbet or similar)

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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby anterovipunen » Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:48 am UTC

I think you'll find your internet post is legally binding!! we demand marshmellow, squid chicken :mrgreen:

Can we have photo's of this monstrosity of a meal? :mrgreen:

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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby annals » Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:36 am UTC

My friends and I used to get together sometimes to watch a classic movie and cook food related to the movie. Most of the time we went for the punny end of the spectrum (magnificent seven layer cake), but sometimes we'd cook something from the time period or environment that the movie was set in.

Moo wrote: If you could somehow get the stone out of the peach without having to halve it, almost like coring an apple, you could poach it then stuff it with sweetened cream?


I recently saw a recipe for peach dumplings stuffed with butter and cinnamon then wrapped in pie crust, so it can be done! Also, molten cakes, while not exactly stuffed, are delicious enough to justify bending the rules (imo).

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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby parkaboy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 3:49 am UTC

re colored food: we used red and yellow food coloring at a chinese new years party to denote vegetarian and non-veggie sushi rolls. it was way easier that way. and it was festive!
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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby threefourfive » Sun May 18, 2008 5:32 pm UTC

In terms of colour:

My favorite childhood breakfast was purple and green pancakes. You can also go Dr. Seuss style and have green eggs and ham. :p

Another Stuffed Item: Deviled Eggs.

and Another theme: Literary foods (Turkish delight from Narnia, for instance; all of Roald Dahl's nonsense foods; Dr. Seuss foods, etc.)

What you've got going sounds like some fun stuff!
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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby justaman » Sun May 18, 2008 11:00 pm UTC

re: Stuffed food

Just go to Yum Cha at your local Chinese restaurant, lots of dimsum, wonton, spring rolls etc and some great desserts too. My favourite is the red-bean (Dou sha) paste filled buns.

re: coloured food

Turmeric or saffron (mmmm love those crocus stamens) make great additions to rice, and leave a lovely yellow colour and a bit of flavour. Paprika is also good, especially the smoked stuff and comes in a range of colours. Of course there is also chocolate - in things like mole

Have a google for molecular gastronomy for some further ideas.
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Re: Interesting theme-meals

Postby cyberia » Tue May 20, 2008 12:22 am UTC

threefourfive wrote:In terms of colour:

My favorite childhood breakfast was purple and green pancakes. You can also go Dr. Seuss style and have green eggs and ham. :p
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I went to a cafe last week that had green eggs and ham. They did poached or fried eggs with basil pesto smeared across the top for the 'green'. It was pretty good, although not as good as dropping food colouring directly into your eggs.
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