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OCD food with little or no nutritional value

do you ever fantasize about ridiculously time and labor consuming things? like hollowed grape tomatoes filled with the most exquisite crab salad and reassembled with a toothpick, or wonton wrappers stuffed with edible flowers in a clear broth.

mamachef remarked on Cafe Boulud sharpening the ends of their asparagus spears and reminded me of this old idea that's been perking for a long time.

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  1. Raisins, stuffed with goat cheese mouselline, battered and deepfried. JUST KIDDING!

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    1. re: mamachef

      well of course you are, one would do that with olives naturally.

        1. re: hill food

          actually, i serve these olives A LOT (and could eat about a million) and quite a bit of the foods mentioned in this thread. like why are cornish game hens more labor intensive? they're just smaller. and just about everything, including the stuffed baby tomatoes, have nutritional value.

          maybe i'm a nerd hostess or have just done enough mass assembling of large quantities of event foods at work that i don't think of this stuff as "hard" or too much trouble because the pay-off of deliciousness and wow-factor is so great..

          but ya lost me on the gamer stuff, lol.

      1. Well, it's not of no nutritional value, but here goes....

        Hubs and I have been playing Fable 2, and now I want to make some of the foods on it. Specifically there is something called a "crunchy chick" (it's a live chick you can eat, and ups your "corruption"). So I want to get some little quail, or whatever the smallest kind of bird available, beer batter them, and deep fry 'em till crispy.

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        1. re: Popkin

          it sort of fits, if they're treated as if they were a full size bird and carved and portioned according (1 bird for 4 people - god you'd need an excellent fish knife) in a similar vein I stuffed quail with boiled chicken eggs (1 each and that barely fit) grilled 'em and stuffed those into a turkey once. made carving and serving the table quite the spectacle.

          too bad Ortolans are just so difficult to find in the supermarket these days. I suppose you could try the pet store if you want to be really sick.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ortolan_....

          1. re: Popkin

            Good to know I'm not the only nerdy gamer girl on chowhound but I guess I shouldn't be surprised :)

            1. re: iheartcooking

              :D))))))

              I have started doing my pie crusts in a way that was inspired by fable. Crumbly blueberry pie. See, I am neither particularly good at nor enjoy rolling out the upper crust of a pie, so I crumble the dough up, sprinkle it on top, press it down and call it "crumbly blueberry pie" :D

              viperlush, I am so going to do that one of these days, and will post about it :D Could do a gummy worm in an apple; no idea how to do a golden apple; some sort of strong vanilla schnappes or something for the "yellow fairy" (which is strong and "tastes like marshmallows")..... Ok I need to go start another thread.....

              1. re: Popkin

                << Ok I need to go start another thread..... >>

                Please do. As the wife and mother of die hard gamers I've often wondered if there were anything that could suck me in and this just might do it. I'd love to find out what games people play and how food is involved and what real food is inspired by it.

                I definitely want to try your Crumbly blueberry pie :-)

            2. re: Popkin

              That does sound good. You could probably do a full Fable meal. Get some apples, celery, fish, beer, to go with your crunchy chicks.

            3. toad in a hole made with a quail egg and one of those tiny squares of cocktail sized bread drizzled with a balsamic caramelized onion glaze.

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              1. re: Emme

                I dunno, sounds delicious, but kinda heavy...

                do they sell eggs any smaller? plover?

              2. I have made deviled quail eggs, not too much of a departure but they were delightful to look at and eat. I also served a fried quail egg to the husband for breakfast once.

                Oh, and I did serve a roast cornish hen to my father-in-law for T-day, next to the big bird. We love tiny things in my family.

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                1. re: DuchessNukem

                  I like the idea of deviled quail eggs. but it sounds rather simple, after all it HAS to be labor intensive for little effect (other than visual) I guess the mustard could be homemade although a single egg of Tobiko roe placed perfectly on top with a small tip of homegrown chive placed vertically next to it (like the Trylon and Perisphere of the NY World's Fair of 1939, but then I'd also have to throw a fit if nobody noticed the sly MCM pre-war reference, much less the nod to the interests of architectural bad-boy Rem Koolhaas back when he was a theoreticist and ... where was I?).

                  is there a smaller egg available in commercial (specialty) markets?

                  1. re: hill food

                    Beginning to think we all need to go take our meds... : )
                    I like the Crunchy Chicks idea, but will be honest: the first thing that came to mind was, "living bal'oot". Mmmm. Yikes.
                    Are Plover smaller than quail?

                    1. re: mamachef

                      bal'out? ewww. one of the very few things I will smell, but probably never try. (I was at work during my chance so was stone cold sober as well)

                      but you can order brooder eggs by the case close to hatching if that's your thing (and not really the idea when I started this thread) but hey I love an interesting non sequitur and digression.

                  2. re: DuchessNukem

                    "We love tiny things in my family" - Hope your husband doesn't read this line.

                  3. This might be a man after your own heart:
                    http://kitschnclassics.wordpress.com/...
                    who can find the time to flute that many mushrooms?!

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                      1. re: gembellina

                        Gembellina, thank you for posting that link. I am laughing so hard the tears are pouring. I can't get over his exquisite Swedish flag ham. I must meet that man.

                        1. re: Vetter

                          u will meet him, and he will be your beeyatch
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                        2. re: gembellina

                          Oh my. I KNOW I'll use that folded-back-on-itself dough ribbon sooner or later. What a pretty pie it will make.