Mary Anne threw down a challenge in her journal entry today. A list of ingredients to start with, plus your own staples... design a lunch menu for four. I think we should all play! Post your menu by 10am tomorrow. (Those waiting on accounts, send me your menu and i'll get your account set up tonight and your menu posted.)
Mary Anne's challenge, for the record:
Choose at least three of the following seven ingredients selected from what I actually have in the fridge and pantry at the moment) and prepare a meal (or rather, the recipes for a meal, though you're encouraged to actually cook it as well and tell us how it comes out.) It should be enough food to feed four for lunch. Post the recipes in your journal by noon Chicago time tomorrow, Friday 6/13/03. Send me a note when you've posted them; I'll post an entry linking to all the journal recipes I get. (If you don't have a journal yourself, but want to play, please wait until I post the entry linking to all the journals, and then add your recipes to the comments for that entry. Thanks!)
You should feel free to use any typical staples you might normally possess, including milk, coconut milk, flour, eggs, rice, spices, oil, butter, onions, scallions, garlic, canned tomatoes, salt, pepper, flavoring agents, nuts, raisins. (If you're not sure if something you use counts as a staple for the purposes of this game, drop me a note and ask.) I'm mostly interested in seeing how different the menus turn out -- I know that when I have certain ingredients in the house, my thoughts tend to go in particular ruts, and it'd be nice to see what others might do with the same ingredients, so that next time, I might try something different.
Detailed commentary on the dishes is encouraged. :-) Bonus points for using at least five ingredients. Bonus points for making at least four dishes using only three ingredients from the following list.
Ingredients (choose 3 or more out of 7):
1 lb. green beans
1 lb. mushrooms
3 poblano peppers
6 large baking potatoes
1 can artichoke hearts
1 can bamboo shoots
2 cans mackerel packed in oil