I really enjoy the TV show Chopped (read: have seen every episode. Many of them more than once). For those who don’t know, it’s a show on the Food Network where four chefs are given four entirely random ingredients (the “mystery ingredients”), out of which they have to create either an appetizer, entree or dessert in a specified period of time (usually from 20-30 minutes). The mystery ingredients range from the normal and mundane (pork loin) to the absurd (crickets); the chefs also have access to a pantry of ingredients they can use in addition to the four mystery ingredients. As an added bonus for the chefs, the mystery ingredients never seem to make any sense in terms of going together. After all, you have to give the television viewers what they want. Which, in this case, is food poisoning. Or vomiting on national television.
Since we have been married, Paul has been drawn into the show as well. Or I have forced him to watch it. Whatever.
A couple weeks ago, Paul suggested we do a Chopped experience at home. After altering the rules a bit (only one round, no time limit – I have to ease myself into this, not being a professional chef or anything), I agreed to do it. Paul would come up with four ingredients and I would use those ingredients and the others in my kitchen to make him supper.
At the time I agreed to do this, I didn’t realize one of the ingredients was going to be Sour Patch Kids.
Then again, as Paul was going to have to eat the ultimate product, perhaps he should have thought that move through a bit more.
Ted Allen (host of Chopped) replied to my Tweet about the Chopped Challenge!
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