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 Post subject: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:43 am 
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I don't remember where I first saw this, but it's been bugging me for years. :lol:

The challenge is to find three ingredients that, when any 2 are combined, taste good, but when all 3 are combined, taste bad. In other words, A + B, A + C, and B + C are all good, but A + B + C is not.

Obviously this is a subjective question, so to make it clearer, generally, two ingredients are considered to "taste good" together if there is an established recipe which contains both of them, preferably as the emphasis of the dish. However, personal experiences are OK too. (For example, I like to eat bananas wrapped in American cheese, but I can't think of a "real" dish which contains both of those ingredients.)

Personally, I've never been able to come up with a good answer.


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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:40 am 
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Hmm... this one is tough! I will REALLY think this one over.

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:24 pm 
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Hmmm...


pineapple + fried ice cream (yum!)
cream + pineapple (yum!)
cream + fried ice-cream (yum!)

Now... their combination... *not* good!

Or you may replace pineapple by durian, then everything is bad!!!
(even the one that does't have it as ingredient - because of the smell)

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:44 pm 
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Pantazis, I think the addition of Durian to the challenge can be considered cheating :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:08 pm 
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This is a really interesting question. I would imagine with spice blends I could come up with something. I will think this through and post back. I have a feeling it may involve chili...

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:25 pm 
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It is indeed a great puzzle. This one bothered George W. Hart for years... Until the puzzle was aired on the WNYC radio show in New York...

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:35 pm 
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kastellorizo wrote:
Hmmm...

pineapple + fried ice cream (yum!)
cream + pineapple (yum!)
cream + fried ice-cream (yum!)

Now... their combination... *not* good!


Why is it bad to have all three? I don't get it. It sounds delicious to me! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:16 pm 
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Alcohol + sleeping pills + painkillers?

OK, that's not funny. :x

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:47 pm 
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I think I came up with something. Chocolate, Orange and Chili pepper. They have those chocolate oranges. Chocolate and chili make a mole sauce and orange chili seasoning is good on fish. I wouldn't want to mix all three though.

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:50 pm 
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darryl wrote:
I think I came up with something. Chocolate, Orange and Chili pepper. They have those chocolate oranges. Chocolate and chili make a mole sauce and orange chili seasoning is good on fish. I wouldn't want to mix all three though.

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I think I'd rather enjoy that. Will remember to pick up both the chili chocolate and chocolate orange next time I'm shopping.

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:20 pm 
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Totilla, cream cheese, and beef.

Tortilla and cream cheese make a wrap.

Tortilla and beef make a burrito.

Cream cheese and beef make a...

I have no idea. This is a cool puzzle.

Edt: I don't like the correct answers. If someone doesn't find a better solution, I'm taking back my opinion that this is a cool puzzle. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:14 am 
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I've had what's called "meatcake" that my friend's mom makes. It's basically cream cheese and meat, and you eat it on tortilla chips. One of the best party foods I've ever had.

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:58 am 
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Jared wrote:
kastellorizo wrote:
Now... their combination... *not* good!

Why is it bad to have all three? I don't get it. It sounds delicious to me! :lol:


LOL because it is like a Greek salad, which is not really a Greek salad,
but something much worse!!!

Or maybe it is the durian, which by just mentioning it (!) has its smell spread around
this topic. We need to act fast, or else the entire forum will soon smell like durian!!!

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:13 am 
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I think I might actually know the answer to this riddle...

Fruit + Nuts = Good snack
Nuts + Cake = Good cake when made right
Cake + Fruit = Good cake when made right

Fruit + Nuts + Cake = Nasty Holiday Brick

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
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Arch Wolf wrote:
I think I might actually know the answer to this riddle...

Fruit + Nuts = Good snack
Nuts + Cake = Good cake when made right
Cake + Fruit = Good cake when made right

Fruit + Nuts + Cake = Nasty Holiday Brick


I have a relative who makes a fruit cake with sliced nuts on top.

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:33 am 
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Arch Wolf wrote:
Fruit + Nuts + Cake = Nasty Holiday Brick


You've obviously never had the good homemade stuff!


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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
PostPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:59 pm 
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This is an interesting question. It seems to me that the three foods would have to all work together well, but they have to be distinct enough to be "too much" once combined all together...

I can't think of anything off hand, but I have to say that the fruitcake example made me laugh.

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 Post subject: Re: A culinary puzzle
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I think I have found the secret to this puzzle . . . . . ricotta cheese!

For those of you who don't know, ricotta is an Italian sweet cheese. Now, on to business:

Cherry Tomatoes + Ricotta = Lasagna filling
Ricotta + Unsweetened Choclate= Italian dessert
Unsweetened Chocolate + Cherry tomatoes = Mayan dessert

All three taste like ass, though.

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