Lesson of the Day #7: Try weird combinations

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I’m a big fan of 2-ingredient recipes. My cooking is usually as follows:

Pick a protein:

  • Eggs
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Sausage
  • Chicken

Pick a vegetable:

  • Tomatoes
  • Green peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions

 

 

Chop into pieces, cook with oil/butter, add salt/soy sauce, and voila!

Very simple, and also very conservative. Some combinations go together better than others (eggs + tomatoes, beef + onions, lamb + carrots, chicken + celery), but you basically can’t go wrong. It won’t result in the tastiest meal on the planet, but it’s guaranteed to be a well-balanced meal that won’t raise alarm.

I’ve been following this system for years, buying the exact same groceries every week. But I came across a Blogilates recipe for banana + egg pancakes, and figured that I’d switch up the routine. Just two ingredients? Done, I had to try it.

I have to admit, I had misgivings. Even my roommate who, on the same night, experimented with adding broccoli to her mashed potatoes (which actually came out to be quite tasty! But I suspect that most of the credit goes to the butter), thought it was weird. I double-checked the recipe to see if I might be missing something – salt or sugar, perhaps? But nope, truly just two ingredients. Well, and butter for the pan.

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Lo and behold, it was actually delicious! It tasted exactly like what you would imagine eggs and bananas would taste like: eggs and bananas. But they compliment each other in an unexpected way, and the beaten eggs combine with the mushy banana to create a foamy sort of texture that melts in your mouth. I can’t do it justice, it was great. You’ll just have to try it!

My pancake-flipping skills leave a lot to be desired – despite my best efforts, everything I cook turns into stir fry – so here’s a picture of the uncooked pancakes. The finished product looked like this with slightly more brown, I’ll just have to leave it to your imagination.

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All in all, a successful trial! I’m inspired to broaden my lists. Who knows what might be next? Tofu + eggplant, chicken + nuts, peanut butter + carrots? I’m willing to try it, even if it sounds weird – as long as it’s just two ingredients.

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