Top 5 Ingredients
- rumgum Aug 12, 2006 06:14 PM
Maybe it's your favorite spice or herb. Maybe it's a staple you couldn't cook without. What are your Top 5 ingredients? Could you limit yourself to only 5? What if your list couldn't include Salt and Pepper (not that you would ever exclude them from your actual cooking)... just for the sake of the list.
Mine would be the same as Funwithfood's except I'd switch out the beef for fresh lemon juice...I use fresh lemon juice an awful lot, fresh tomatoes, too, if I could add a 6th, hee!
1. Pork, all pork products
2. Chilis fresh and dried
3. Alliums, garlic, onions, leeks etc.
4. Cream, including butter, ghee and oil
5. Corn, fresh, meal, masa etc.
Well, I guess since I'm a bread fanatic, it would have to be five ingredients to make a basic loaf of bread.
1. olive oil
2. garlic, onions, shallots
3. fresh herbs (esp sage, thyme, parsely)
4. goat cheese or cottage cheese
5. any fresh veggie (esp squash: summer or winter, and brocoli)
tomatoes, fresh when in season, good Italian canned when not
garlic and onions (together.. cheating I know)
parmesan... ideally fresh (sometimes I only have the cheap godawful stuff to make dog treats..)
I hestiated over lemon versus fat (butter? evoo?), but I figured I could get fat from the meat and even use that with the flour and sugar to make desserts. Then you've got to have some kind of acid, even if ONLY for preventing scurvy, I mean the taste is what we really care about, no? and with the greens and lemon I've even got salad covered.
With my list, I think one could actually survive and with creativity, continue to be a chowhound.
Hey, that was FUN.
1. Truffle oil
2. Goat Cheese
6. Herb de Provence
List goes on and on and on ...
I really pray I never have to limit myself to only 5 ingredients. But I could get by for a while on these:
Really good butter
a pig (for bacon, pork chops, ham, chitlings, drippings...)
any seasonal, local fruit
This is like a Ready, Steady, Cook! bistro bag! I'm doing it the "Candy" way (see above).
1. Alliums: garlic, onions, leeks etc.
2. Fresh Lemons
3. Black Truffles
4. Goats' cheese
5. A really good, Cold-Pressed, Single Estate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
what I grab for the most when whipping something up w/o a game plan:
herb--usually thyme or cumin
ripe bell peppers--any color
dairy--yogurt, ricotta, milk, goat cheese, casera, parm, etc
it starts from there and can go anywhere, depending....
It'ss interesting you can kind of see everyone's cultural background by their list.
Mine would be
In Chinese cooking, there is this 'poem' that describes the essential of cooking: wood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, vinagar, tea. Back in the OLD days, every women needs those things to put together a decent meal :)
Salt and pepper
Lemon - I use it in as much as I can. Sounds a little weird at first, but a little bit of fresh lemon juice and some butter to finish scrambled eggs... you'll never scramble eggs without doing it again.
Herbs - chives and parsley, most frequently
instead of the eversopopular lemon, i use lime
dried pasta/noodle (including the instant kind)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Pacific Coho Salmon
It's weird to narrow it down to so few - makes you think about how many things you actually use in your kitchen!
Mushrooms or Cauliflower or Eggplant (give me one)
Bragg's Amino Acids (wheat free soy sauce)
White Balsamic Vinegar
--some sort of smoked pork product (tasso, country ham, smoked sausage, bacon, etc)
--dried beans (red, white, black, lentils, pintos)
I could always forage for herbs & mushrooms, couldn't I?
mushrooms (dried or fresh)
because I could actually make something with just this five!
Oy vey, just 5?
2. olive oil
3. good salt & pepper (c'mon, they can count as one, right?
4. balsamic vinegar
Yes, ketchup, the great equalizer. I use it in a lot of things to add sweetness or body...my husband was horrified when he discovered that but he loves my cooking so he holds his tongue.
noodles (can be pasta, or udon, or rice noodles, any kind)