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Recipe or random?

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Phil rolled the highest dice roll, so he went first. On the plate in front of him was an assortment of modest, tapas-sized selections on a large serving plate. He picked up one, closed his eyes, and popped it in his mouth.

"OK, I'm tasting avocado... cashews? No, peanut butter. And that's smeared on a small cracker with what tastes like a sprinkling of.... what? Paprika? "

"Well done, you've picked most of the ingredients. But that's not the game. You need to answer: IS IT A RECIPE, OR A RANDOM SELECTION OF INGREDIENTS? "

The idea behind this simple 'game ' would be to wake up the taste buds and challenge yourself to critically taste each small dish. The surprise of the occasional salted teacake creamcheese oyster would be enough to make you question the flavour and texture of real recipes, drawn from a recipe book that must have at least an ISBN -- proof enough that someone thought enough of the recipes to publish them.

not_only_but_also, Sep 26 2012

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       It would take a team of cooks all day to prepare. I'll ask if I can borrow one of 8th's.
Voice, Sep 26 2012
  

       How does the random selection work?
pocmloc, Sep 26 2012
  

       x1 = random number between 1 and 10 y1 = same number as x1   

       x2 = empty list of ingredient names 10 in size   

       y2 = empty list of preparation instructions 10 in size   

       i=0   

       while result is not null or end   

       {   

       read ingredient from list   

       add 1 to i   

       loop   

       }   

       while x1 is over 0   

       {   

       set the first empty entry in list x2 to an entry corresponding to random selection between 1 and i on the ingredient list.   

       subtract 1 from x1   

       loop   

       }   

       i=0   

       while result is not null or end   

       {   

       read instructions from list   

       add 1 to i   

       loop   

       }   

       while y1 is over 0   

       {   

       set the first empty entry in list y2 to an entry   

       corresponding to random selection between 1 and i on the instruction list.   

       subtract 1 from y1   

       loop   

       }   

       i=10   

       while i is over 0   

       {   

       print x[i] y[i]   

       subtract 1 from i   

       loop   

       }
Voice, Sep 26 2012
  

       taco shells -- blend at medium speed for 1 minute then   

       add two teaspoons of pepper -- leave in refrigerator for an hour to firm then   

       put in half a pound of chicken strips -- fold well then   

       add two sticks of margarine -- roll out flat with rolling pin   

       It would be a challenge to keep things random and still safe to eat. And all the random recipes would be horrible.
Voice, Sep 26 2012
  

       Aren't recipes just a subset of the group “all dishes that can be prepared by combining a random selection ingredients prepared in a random fashion”?
ytk, Sep 26 2012
  

       // all random recipes would be horrible //   

       I think each person would bring enough ingredients for their own recipes x 2, then halve them. This means the ingredients and ratios should probably never get too crazy. No sudden random inclusion of two pounds of salt, for instance. Randomness could be applied to regular recipies using yet another random element. Think of Spaghetti Alfredo with just 2 ingredients swapped out, for instance.
not_only_but_also, Sep 26 2012
  

       I suppose I was less concerned about the mechanics of selecting and combining ingredients at random, and more concerned with how one would distinguish the resulting confections into two sets, those that are officially “random” for the purposes of the game, and those that also appear in a published recipe book and so are discounted as “random” in the game.
pocmloc, Sep 26 2012
  

       It should be noted that in a study of Chicken Tikka in UK Curry houses the only consistent ingredient was Chicken.
PainOCommonSense, Sep 26 2012
  

       'in UK Curry houses the only consistent ingredient was Chicken'...   

       Are we talking Silkies, Dorkings, Wyandottes, Orpingtons though?
Phrontistery, Sep 26 2012
  

       Sounds like the perfect excuse to start publishing books full of randomly-generated recipes. See how long until someone hails you as the next Heston Blumenthal.
prufrax, Sep 26 2012
  

       To be truly random, it should be a GPS position somewhere on earth, where you have to go and dig for ingredients.
4and20, Sep 26 2012
  

       The selecting would be random. But in the combining there could be art. The tasting piece would be the last 10 minutes of the show. The first would be the ingredient selection, recipe selection. The middle would be the chefs preparing the recipes and also puzzling over how to combine the random ingredients.   

       fun!
bungston, Sep 26 2012
  

       I don't see the *dangerous* part of this idea unless some of the random items are things like ammonia, metal shavings, glass bits, and the like.
xandram, Sep 26 2012
  

       Ammonia would be ok. Don't the Danes sprinkle that on candy?
bungston, Sep 26 2012
  

       They make a truly disgusting chocolate bar with it, I was given one. I can't recommend it, it had an entirely appropriate aposematic black and red wrapper.
Phrontistery, Sep 26 2012
  
      
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