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Old 12-09-2010, 12:24 PM   #1
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Tasty Ingredients I've never tried

Hello,

I'm setting myself a challenge in the new year to try a new ingredient every week. Something I haven't cooked with before and that is unusal, interesting and possibly hard to get hold of.

I'm hoping to start with Salsify (Having been inspired by Masterchef Professionals)

I'm aiming to end with Truffles next winter!

I'd really appreciate your thoughts on what other ingredients would be interesting for this challenge!!

I look forward to your thoughts!



Cheers!

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Old 12-09-2010, 01:11 PM   #2
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:16 PM   #3
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I remember my aunt making a great salsify casserole every Thanksgiving. I was a kid and didn't care for it until I got a bit older (around teens) then we stopped going to Grandma's for Thanksgiving and I haven't had it since. Just reading about your adventure has made my mouth water for some! I have no idea what was in it but it had a saltine cracker crumb topping.
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go to etnic stores, there you'd find a lot of interesting stuff.
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:43 PM   #5
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hi, welcome to d.c.
Thank you! I look forward to it, especially as I'm starting out on this adventure!
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:44 PM   #6
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I remember my aunt making a great salsify casserole every Thanksgiving. I was a kid and didn't care for it until I got a bit older (around teens) then we stopped going to Grandma's for Thanksgiving and I haven't had it since. Just reading about your adventure has made my mouth water for some! I have no idea what was in it but it had a saltine cracker crumb topping.
I'm looking forward to it immensely, it's really wierd to be getting ready to cook something with no idea what you expect it to taste like!

Are there any other ingredients you can recommend!?

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Old 12-09-2010, 02:46 PM   #7
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go to etnic stores, there you'd find a lot of interesting stuff.
Great idea, but the problem is I won't know what anything is - mind you thinking about it I suppose I could ask....
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Hugo, the only thing besides the cracker topping that I remember is that it had kind of an oyster stew aroma and flavor. I don't think there were oysters in it but that is what I remember it tasting similar to at the time.
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Not typical of the American table but very tastey:

Creton
Birria-Goat in chili sauce
Tongue of any kind
Beef cheeks
Sweetbreads
Brains-sesos tacos
corn fungus
Asian Greens
Crown or King mushrooms
enoki mushrooms
wood ear fungus
black fungus
Aloe as a drink
basil seed drinks
Rice sticks
Moon cakes
Mochi-The pounded rice ones.
jellyfish
Sea cucumber
Sea urchin
Zucchini Blossoms
Round Asian eggplants the size of golfballs
Kimchee
Wakame
Poke
Quinoa
Multi-grain rice
Spelt
Fava beans
cheese curds
Horchata
Hibiscus drink or tea
Pho
Shmaltz
Latkes
Bialy's
Baccala


These are all pretty available in my area
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cooks.come has a salsify casserole recipe that uses crackers. i have never seen this veggie in my store.
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