If you could pick the ingredients for Chopped, the tv show that selects some

@writersedge (22579)
United States
March 30, 2012 11:00pm CST
strange combinations of food for chefs to have to come up with delicious recipes, what would you pick? I'd see what they could do with wild strawberries, lamb's quarters, and spruce gum. That would be for the appetizer round. For the entree round, wild leeks, wild mushrooms, and the edible bark part of some tree, probably black birch because it tastes like wintergreen, and rabbit. For the desert round, Purple avins/evins(spelling?)the part that is supposed to resemble chocolate, maple syrup, and wild rice. I've had everything except the purple whatever they are, but I'd like to try them. So what three mystery ingredients would you pick for the appetizer round, four for the entree round, and three for the desert round?
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@GreenMoo (11842)
31 Mar 12
I think I would choose a section of ingredients which I've often got in my kitchen, in the hope that they could come up with some exciting new suggestions I could make use of. Chickweed, cabbage, parsley and plantain I seem to have huge amounts of, so those would be included in the mix. I'm shortly going to have rather a lot of kid goat meat available, so that would be probably be the basis of the main course. Fruit wise I'll shortly have plenty of strawberries and raspberries which could be part of either the beginning or end of the meal, and I'd really love someone to give me some new ideas for quince as in season we have more than I can ever hope to deal with.
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• Canada
31 Mar 12
I am exceedingly JEALOUS...GreenMoo, that you will have a plethora of quince...it is like a rare oddity in my "neck of the woods," and am wondering if it would grow in my area...I am a Zone 7 for growing! I could offer some of the hugest wild Blackberries..you have ever seen in exchange....mind you it would be BB jam by the time it got there! Quince must be easily grown..tho! I see so many root stocks grafted on to it..including roses! Dang! Jealous..er what?
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Apr 12
Quince, we make jams or jellies out of here. Then we use it to glaze things like meat or ice cream. So quince glazed goat would probably end up being on the menu. I'm in zone 5 and we have quince. Not sure if it would go to 7.
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• Canada
1 Apr 12
Thank you...GreenMoo..researching Quince for my area, will be my Sunday's project. I guess I am only human..you know "the grass is always greener"....as you have a plethora of quince, I have a plethora of Blackberries! Yes...the biggest percentage of "domestic" roses here, in B.C., are grafted onto either Quince..or Alberta Wild Rose, root stock...so we do get an abundance of suckering! This is NOT a joke...it is 4:45 a.m. here, and it is SNOWING, yes snowing SO hard, I cannot see across my deck...WHAT? I can't believe my eyes..NOT heard of!
@MoonGypsy (4613)
• United States
31 Mar 12
i would like to see them cook something off of cafe world application on fb. they have a great fantasy menu, like for example....ambrosia. i don't know what's it's made of, but it looks really colorful and looks like it would be sweet and sherberty. lol.
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@GreenMoo (11842)
1 Apr 12
In the UK Ambrosia is a brand of custard. I'm sure it also references a type of hallucinogenic mushroom.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Apr 12
The mushroom thins is news to me.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Apr 12
thing, not thins, sorry.
• United States
31 Mar 12
I don't know how much of a challenge these ingredients would pose for the average contestant on the show. However... For the appetizer round, I would choose dandelion greens, acorn flour and scallops. For the second round, green tea, salmon, honey and fiddleheads. For dessert, Queen Anne's Lace, buttermilk and tofu.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Apr 12
I think those would be fairly challenging. I see you do some wild food, too. Good for you. The acorn flour, if already processed would be a big help. But if they had to cut the tannin in it, that might take too long in the appetizer round. So have you eaten the foods on your list? If you have, how do you like to use them or prepare them to be eaten?
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• United States
1 Apr 12
Of the ones I mention, I believe I've only had dandelion greens. The acorn flour would definitely have to already be processed.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Apr 12
I've had the dandelion greens, acorn flour already in some muffins someone baked, but unfortunatly, that wonderful man is gone now. I've had the green tea, salmon, honey and fiddleheads. I've had the Queen Anne's Lace, buttermilk and tofu. So I guess I've had it all. The acorn flour was neat and nutty.
@Fishmomma (11562)
• United States
31 Mar 12
I would like to see them cook ingredients in my kitchen to give me ideas. The top of my list would be lemons, as nobody wants them in my area and my one tree has lots of them. Also tomato, grapes, strawberries would be on the list. I like the unusual dishes, but would never make them when we have so many fruits and vegetables that are easy to grow in my year round excellent climate. I live in Southern California where we rarely freeze.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Apr 12
People love lemons here, but because we can't grow them, we only use them once in a while. lemon merangue pie is a big hit in restaurants here. My husband has lemon in his iced tea all the time. Lemon squares are well-loved here.
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
31 Mar 12
Well...I am sure you knew dear friend..that I would be here, one forager-to-another! Appetizer; Kelp, limpets and sea cucumber! Main course; Nettles, Miner's lettuce, Dandelion root, and Skate and of course, a selection of fungi! Dessert; Salmonberries, Gooseberries and Rose Hips! All to be harvested within a few miles of my home! Wouldn't want to include the tedious task of harvesting Pine Nuts...LOL!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Apr 12
We just put pine cones in the oven after the meal is cooked and shut the oven off. The cones open. Then the "fun" begins. I've heard of skate, but I haven't had them or salmonberries. So do tell about them please, my friend. Yeah, I'm getting ichy for gathering!
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• Canada
1 Apr 12
Aha...Salmon Berries, aka; "rubus spectabilis" are the very first flowering wild edible, we have here...and their flowers are quite pretty, so some use them as flowering ornamentals! The Berry (fruit) is somewhat like a Blackberry or Marion Berry...but depending on the soil...it can be many differing shades of Orange! The taste is quite it's own..and unique! Think of a beautiful Coho salmon fillet, and that is the color, usually of the berry! They can be quite a large berry, once again due to the soil! I love Pine nuts....but the infamous "Pine Beetle" has nearly wiped out the entire Province of pines.....so NOW, pricey and like gold! My favourite season...is Spring! So much harvesting...and you will be out there this year...I promise!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
2 Apr 12
The first wild edible here is the Juneberry, but very few Juneberry trees in the area and I don't have them. So my first wild edible is the wild strawberry. So teenie, so tiny. Each one a delicious nibble. Ours grow so small that they make my baby fingernail look huge, you can put 2 to 5 of them on it to take up the space, depends on the year.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
31 Mar 12
I have not seen this show, and so I am going to have to really thing hard on this one. Appetizer Round : Celery, Star Fruit And Kiwi (do they get to add their own ingredients to sudh as a whipped spread?) Entree Round : Veal, Orange Glaze and Mushrooms (not a mushroom fan but well) Dessert Round : Raisins Lemons and Dark Chocolate with Almonds. Well let's see guess that isn't the wildest thing.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
1 Apr 12
They sound good. I hope you get to see Chopped some time. It's a really interesting contest to see who can make the best meals from the stuff in the mystery baskets and it's timed. I've learned a lot since I've watched it. Like cooking technics and some combinations I didn't know worked together. Yes,there is a stocked pantry and fridge for them
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