I asked 25 people to name a single food/ingredient, for the most part these people did not know what other people selected. I wrote down the items in order received and when I thought there was enough, I shared the number with my date, and told him he could eliminate a few to pick the numbers from 1 - 25. Having him eliminate random ingredients was a good idea, because over the course of the few hours of collecting items, ideas were forming in my head about what to make...but then when something was eliminated, that changed things. Brought it back up to a level playing field.
This is what was given:
- hot peppers
- brussel sprouts
- snow peas
There are a lot of green in there...I hope I can get creative enough to pull something off...that is edible. My goal is one main dish and two sides. We'll see how it goes.
The hominy I sauteed with olive oil. I cooked the hot sausage through and cut into small pieces. I mixed the sausage into the hominy and added cut up asparagus. I wasn't sure if the hominy should have stayed in the balls...or blended, so I put more into the food processor and mixed the extra hominy into the rest. It tasted good, but didn't look good, so I thought maybe I could try to make it into a patty/cake, so back into the frying pan it went. However, it didn't stay in a patty/cake, when I attempted to flip it, it fell apart.
I did not use the capers, cumin or mozzarella.
When 54 minutes passed, my meal was done. It didn't take that long to cook it all...but I wanted to be sure my food was hot when 60 minutes was over. It all tasted good....well, except for the spam. I probably shouldn't have bothered, but I figured I never used it or tasted it before, why not try it?
|My completed meal|
My competitor, did not finish in the time allowed, he apparently was a little distracted by household work. He did not use hominy, spam or brussel sprouts. What I appreciated was the whole time, he was enthusiastic about this idea for a date and his meal looked good too.
|his completed meal|