This book's meant to be a collection of recipes I've merely improvised, regardless of whether they turned out to be delicious, nutritious or not... These are my experiments in the art of cooking ;-)
Who knows, maybe one or more recipes in here will inspire you to remix one of the dishes here, and make me some delightful gastronomic madness next time I dine at yours! There's always 9 ways to cook a cat during one lifetime, right?
Sometimes, you just want to drink like gods! That means, you feel so low, that all that could definitely help is a drink that can take you to greater heights. Now, beer, vodka, wine and all such variants are genuine "made" drinks, but they mostly can take you lower. Coffee, one of those blessed seeds of the earth, does possess a reknown tendency to embitter the drinker, and moments later, as though some sort of time bomb, shoot them about, not particularly to higher places, but all over the place - like some crazed, unguided rocket engine would. So, those who master their art of guiding the coffee beans, can definitely transform the coffee ride into a voyage into very specific, desirable destinations. But coffee can take you so far - for the most part, it's but a catalyst, all the energy for the engines must come from somewhere though.
Now, glucose is the super chemical of nature. It is the sole chap that comes to the party with a guinuine excess of cash - enough, and the kind that can be easily exchanged for virtually any other currency; everything from sluggish snails to humming birds and rabid dogs or mulnourished professors can use a good amount of the noble sugars (beware though, there are bacteria that would never trade in anything but electricity!) In humans, the compound plays a key role in all metabolic reactions of the physical body - providing the energy essential in making most of these chemical operations possible. Glucose can be considered the source of the "vitality" or "vital potential" that the body can then act upon.
Speaking of vital things, there's one other stuff that we could introduce into this discussion - the herb. Well, you see, food, as with all other things we interact with in this quantum universe, is but information. It's information of a kind that ennobles and enables the body to keep its health, grow and execute its service to our higher beings. But, often, mere food can't really aid the body in fully exploiting the potential trapped in food - until some sort of mystical bridge-maker is introduced in the diet. The herb, vitamin C, is one of those, that we can specifically apply for this purpose. It's for this reason, that I have come up with this special recipe today - the C-enhanced energy-boosted coffee drink.
First, the recipe:
Here's what the recipe might look like (under lowly settings):
The hard mixture:
The soft mixture (final brew):
What can you do with this brew?
Brew and live long.
You are in a foreign land, you have little money at hand, have mostly eaten injara and junk food for the week (mostly for lack of options and a need to adapt to the new diet). But then, while walking home that evening realize, "Oh! But I can improvise, isn't that what we do? Innovate the next meal..."
Tada! The nearest fresh-fruit shop had a limited range of things to pick from, but also at unmodest prices, and so I envisioned a meal where there's a clean balance of every essential nutrient for nothing more than $1 - yes, with only $1 (or slightly more, maybe $2?), you can enjoy the following unorthodox food delight (please do try it at home).
Okay, so we need minerals, vitamins, some sugars, some protein, some fiber, and carbohydrates - isn't that fair? Okay, let's see what you'll need:
So, how does it look like after all this? YMMV
The Good Points:
The Bad Points:
Jim: These chefs really know how to survive a nuclear war aftermath...
John: But maybe not the zombie apocalypse.
So, how did mine look?
It's Friday night, the weather is uncomfortably cold and it's just the prefect time to venture into less known realms of the kitchen arts! Tonight, having spent a good two weeks without tasting a truly wet meal, I decided to experiment with soup :-)
So yeah, its not just a super Friday, but we'll see how to do this Friar's Soup! Okay, enough introductions, let's jump straight onto the chopping boards....
You can accompany this soup dish with any of your favorite or available breads. No, it don't matter if it's salty bread or not - I did mine with sweet buns, and they treated really remarkable in contrast to the salty soup.
Okay, let's see how my process looked like. .. YMMV
The Good Points:
The Bad Points:
Let's get started...
How did mine look?
Happy Saturday journeying... don't forget to invite your friends, even if it means dragging em outa your dreams :)Guys, I'm off to eat or be eaten. Till next time... keep your creativity sizzling.
Because the sauce was so hot, the mixture of apple sweetness, mixed delicately with the salty hot tomatoes and onions, when coupled with the juicy bread, left an imprint in my mouth that seemed to last the whole night! Wow thanks be to God folks!
Here's a variant of this dish that just has a different set of ingredients in the salad part:
And here's how it comes out...
Very very yummy trust me!
This meal is sooo wow wowsome! Damn...
You, know, writing the recipe after having improvised, cooked and savored this dish, is the best way of doing justice to this one. Relax, if you're hungry and have a means to pick a thing or two from a supermarket or if the fridge is friendly? You're gonna love this one.
We'll call this dish, "The Chief's Ebube" - Ebube is Igbo for "wonderful", now you know!
As with many of our other recipes here, since I come up with these while cooking solo meals, the measures of various ingredients are meant to lead one to a 1 person dish, so multiply as necessary.
Having these around, will greatly enhance the meal - it worked for me.
So, now that we got our stuff, how do we make the dish? Follow... deviate where you feel like, but follow...
Now, being the experimental chef that I am, I had this nice apple lying around. I did this - chopped it nicely (don't skin it please), and after adding the amazing dish to the plate, added the chopped apple on-top. The final taste? Hmm God, I was about to melt in my seat, from too much Ebube!
Okay, pour yourself a nice glass of wine or cream - mine was called "BV Land", a Malt Cream, some amazing spanish gig, and oh my, the meal was... let me stop. Go try this at home!
Some pics? Yeah, for sure... forgive the fake WP7 cam though:
This meal is actually about remixing existing food that would otherwise have been wasted - you know, like when you have been reluctant to finish the food, and just let it hibernate for a while? Here's what you do if you have these ingredients I had...
The Good Points
The Bad Points:
No, stop wasting food. If you can't find someone hungry to give it to, either refrigerate it, or like me, invent some means to remixing and enjoying it once more ;-)