Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cooking Challenge - "What is that THING?"

I know we've all been walking along in the produce department of the local grocery store, minding our own business picking apples, oranges and onions. All of the sudden, our eyes fix on something we've never seen before-- its leafy, misshapen or hairy body lying there while all the other shoppers go for the more common, more normal produce. Why does it just sit there? The mainstream population doesn't buy them much, so they get much smaller real estate. Think about it-- how many bins and how many square feet are there for the several variety of apples, oranges, onions, greens and potatoes, but how big is the bin for kale or kohlrabi? Growing up, my mother would make fruit pizza, a sweet pizza with a cookie crust and whipped icing sauce topped with fruits. She would buy star fruit and put slices on the pizza along with kiwi, strawberries and so on. It was one of the funnest things about winter.

Here's the deal:
In this challenge you're going to walk into the grocery store, head to the produce department, and pick out 2-3 types of produce that:
A) You've never cooked before
B) You've never eaten before
C) You don't know what it is
D) You had as a child, but didn't like it cooked a certain way.

Your mission is to create a dish that centers around this produce. No, it doesn't have to be vegetarian, but the meat should not be the star of this show, just a supporting actor doing a cameo to help launch an up-and-coming star.

Here's the catch- The recipe has to be original. Yes, you can Google the ingredients for ideas and instructions on how to cook them, peel them and prepare them. The point of these exercises are to expand your horizons and force you to think outside your cooking bubbles.

Write up your recipes and post them for everyone to see, then link back here in the comments so we all can see your amazing creations!

If you have a cooking blog or site, please re-post this for your readers to participate, and leave a comment below so we can follow this meme across the blogosphere!

Bon Appetit! The Outdoors Start at Your Back Porch!

1 comment:

  1. We don't have much out of the ordinary, produce here in So. OR. But I will check out "Market of Chose" Produce department this next week and see what I can find. Wish me luck.
    The Outlaw Gourmet