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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 http://www.chocolateconcrete.co.uk/.

      Good luck.

      PP

      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.

            1. Oh, and my go-to mudslide recipe:

              1 cup of dark chocolate ice cream
              1 cup of vanilla ice cream
              A cup of chocolate (pref. "Three Olives") vodka
              1/2 cup vanilla vodka
              1/2 cup "Double Espresso" vodka (again 3 Olives)
              1/4 cup Tuaca (Vanilla cordial with a whisper of orange)
              1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
              1 shot of good Scotch

              Place this mess in the blender along with about 2 cups of ice and whiz until it's dreamy - run on high about 3 minutes to get a really cool, creamy, lump-free cocktail. Enjoy immediately in chilled glasses. Garnish with a bit of powdered cinnamon if you wish. Yields 4 (or 2 if you're like us!)

              1. How about a "Brick Chicken"
                http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                And also "Brick Toast" -- i.e., soak white bread with condensed milk and bake under broiler

                1. I'm gonna be a little less literal and play off the expression that it was so hot you could fry an egg on it. So maybe a slice of that meatloaf someone else recommended, or maybe a mushroom loaf, with a nice runny fried egg on top of each slice.

                  1. How about roasting a bunch of small new potatoes in varoius colors (red, purple, yellow) to simulate the aggregates with which concrete is made?

                    1. I think hummus could be dyed with food coloring to a gray tinge. If you make your own pita, then you could dye them red, and cut them into brick shapes. You could use a (new and clean) trowel to serve the hummus.

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                      1. I immediately thought of the blended ice cream thing that's so thick it's served upside down. The original one is from Ted Drewes Frozen Custard...it's kind of like a DQ Blizzard.

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                        1. re: jbsiegel

                          One of our local ice cream chains calls that dessert a "Concrete." It's exactly the same as a Blizzard, Frosty, Carvelanche, etc. That's the first thing I thought of.

                        2. You guys are awesome! I'll let you know how it turns out (must admit...lovin' the meatloaf/mashies idea...).

                          1. Don't forget the "Cement Mixer" shot. 1 part Bailey's, 1 part lime juice. Pretty neat looking if you've never seen it. You put the bailey's in the shot glass, then add the lime juice which starts to curdle the bailey's and look like "cement">

                            1. How about chocolate or lemon ReBars for dessert. Use your favorite recipe, make them a little longer and thinner, and rough up the surface so they are textured like concrete reinforcements.

                              1. Worms and sand. Spaghetti tossed with butter, garlic, parmesan and a sprinkle of bread crumbs. It's actually pretty good.