Interesting challenge (theoretical only) - What 12 ingredients can be used to make at least 5 contra

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  1. stevic

    stevic

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    Hi chefs, 

    I am interested to know if you can think of 12 ingredients that can be used to make at least 5 contrasting dishes?

    Does not have to be complex

    I wanted to see if a Chef could identify 12 ingredients that can make a range of contrasting dishes: e.g. sweet and/or savoury.

    (I am looking to create a literal analogy between music notes and food ingredients).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Many thanks, 

    Steve
     
  2. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    Sounds like a homework assignment.  How are you going to correlate music notes to food other than with 12 tones?
     
  3. kuan

    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    I would look to Schoenberg.
     
  4. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Go asian, where contrast in food is king, a key element to the construction of a meal and to each dish. 

    rice

    eggs

    soy sauce

    rice vinegar

    chicken stock

    garlic

    ginger

    cabbage/bok choy

    pork

    corn starch

    milk

    sugar

    With this you can build soup, an asian slaw/salad., a stir fry, steamed rice, and a custard tart dessert-crustless.  This is a little pinched for full contrast, but it's a good start.

    Do you get anything for free? Salt and pepper maybe? I could stand to have a teaspoon of neutral oil, to help in the stir fry and slaw, but I could survive without it. Might reach for a nonstick pan instead of a wok for the stir fry though in that case. 
     
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