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Jun 16, 2010 06:15 AM

Concrete-related menu ideas...

I'm having a bunch of people over to play with hypertufa. Hypertufa is a combination of cement, perlite and peat moss. You use it make your own planters and other stuff for the garden. I've been wanting to play with it for a while, and apparently a lot of my friends are also interested in playing in the mud with me.

I thought that I would have a menu of items that are related to concrete, cement, etc.

So far I've thought of dirty martinis, mudsliders, Mississippi mud pie, and Oreo mud pie. I also figured I could make kitty litter cake sans the Tootsie Roll part.

Any other ideas? Thanks in advance for your creativity!

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  1. Challenging! I've had mashed potatoes that look a bit like concrete. You could do a shepard's pie and add something to the topping that gives it a grayish hue (not sure what, though).

    1. Hi. Growing up in the 1980's over here in the UK schools cooked something called Chocolate Concrete. It's a well loved recipe that harks back many decades and as such has become a fond memory for many. I've not made it but I can recall excitement at the name. There are loads of sites out there that will tell you how to make it but this one seems to have gone the extra mile

      Good luck.


      1. Edible dirt. Heston Blumenthal and FoodPlayerLinda have both presented applcations of savory dirt, though Blumenthal on television (with deep-friend insects) and Linda on her blog.

        On tcamp's suggestion, I've had mashed potato that felt like I was eating concrete, but to get a grey-ish color, use some blue potato as part of the mash as that will help with the coloration.

        1. how about a thin, flat meatloaf (say, pressed into the bottom of a lasagna pan instead of made in a loaf pan). You could trowel on a thin layer of mashed potatoes if you want a smoother top. It can be cut into squares/rectangles and laid on a platter with shredded greens to make a garden path.

          1. I'm loving the meatloaf/mashed potato idea. That'll get you started with mud-play for the "main event."

            I was going to suggest a little "sand castle" made out of chopped liver spread... Decorate with cornichons, olives and the like.

            Black bean soup is kinda "muddy" and can be garnished quite creatively.