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Foods that begin with the letter "p"


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#1 Khadija

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 09:33 PM

I'm in a strange cooking situation and I need some advice. A bit of background: I recently agreed to cook a birthday dinner next Saturday, for a friend. A couple of days after saying I would do this, when my friend was going on about how excited she is about the dinner, I realised that I am going out of town this week and will not get back until very late Friday night. So, most of the work will have to be done on Saturday. My partner can do some of the shopping while I am away. The guest list consists of about 12 people (including us). We are grad students with modest accomodations, and this is a big party for us. I may wind up cooking at her place, even though I don't especially like cooking in other people's kitchens, just because she has more space than I do. She has offered to help me with the cooking, but she does not know that her best friend is coming from another province to surprise her. So, she may feel differently when the day comes.

Now, I made the mistake of asking this friend what her favourite foods are. Her response was "foods that begin with the letter 'p'." I am not kidding. She mentioned pizza, potatoes, and pomengranetes, although she has been trying to go low-carb when she can (go figure!). Should I even try to make "p" a theme for the party? There is no way that I'm making a low-carb meal, but I don't think I want a really carb-centric meal (like pasta). Normally, I appreciate a cooking challenge, and I feel that my friend is a great person who deserves what she wants on her birthday (however weird), but will trying to come up a meal based on "p" just induce too much stress? Any ideas?

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 09:38 PM

THIS ought to get you started.

Pad Thai? Paella? Pan-fried ____?

The possiblilites are mind boggling.

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#3 vinnecooks

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 09:48 PM

If I were you I would do somthing like pork or lamb crusted with pine nuts,pomagranate yogurt sauce and cumin scented chick pea polenta and maybe somthing like panna cotta with a fruit salad made of carmelized pineapple,pomagranate seeds and plums

I hope this helps

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 09:48 PM

It's like Sesame Street: Tonight's dinner is brought to you by the letter P.

Sure, why not? You wouldn't expect someone to be too carb-conscious with their birthday meal, but I'd clear it first. Sounds like a good excuse to eat pizza on a bed of fries.

I'd also find out if she really wants all P things and is open to whatever, or if it is just a coincidence that her three favorite things start with P, and she really just wants those three things.

Either way, sounds fun.

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 10:20 PM

Pistachio crusted prawns served over plantains to start
pecan or porcini stuffed poussin as a main
profiteroles with prailne sauce for dessert

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 10:26 PM

Posole!
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#7 Khadija

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 10:50 PM

Wow. These are great ideas! I think I was just so overwhelmed that I hadn't really considered the possibilities. I especially like the idea of serving pinenut crusted pork with pomegranate sauce. And profiteroles sounds like a really fun dessert.

Meez, she just likes "p" foods in general. We're philosophers, and I think her obsession with "p" has to do with an interest in the way that language shapes aesthetic sense. I can get into this view. By a neat coincidence, I'm slightly obsessed with adjectives that begin with "p." I'm not just a culinary nerd, I'm a nerd in all possible worlds (what a wild metaphysical claim!).

Time to stop talking nonsense and start planning the menu.

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 10:58 PM

Pho-get about it...
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 12:07 AM

Wasn't it supposed to be 'foods that start with the letter "Q"'? Anyone, anyone?
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 01:11 AM

Wasn't it supposed to be 'foods that start with the letter "Q"'?  Anyone, anyone?

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 02:37 AM

Quahog!

#12 jackal10

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 02:45 AM

P:
Prawns
Pork, peas, potato puree
plums

Q: Quahogs, queenies (clams), quorn, quinoa, queen of puddings

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 03:04 AM

Peaches and pears are obviously out of season in Nova Scotia, but there are always parsnips. Parsnips and parsley are very good in soups.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 04:11 AM

Meez, she just likes "p" foods in general.  We're philosophers, and I think her obsession with "p" has to do with an interest in the way that language shapes aesthetic sense.  I can get into this view.  By a neat coincidence, I'm slightly obsessed with adjectives that begin with "p." I'm not just a culinary nerd, I'm a nerd in all possible worlds (what a wild metaphysical claim!).

Time to stop talking nonsense and start planning the menu.

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Might be worthwhile to plan a menu (write a menu) with adjectives beginning with "p" that describe the foods that begin with "p".

Like. . .

Pearlescent Parsnip Soup

Porcine Pork Chops napped in Pickled Plum Sauce

Philosophic Potato Puree

Pedagogic Pineapple and Passionate Pomegranite Mosaic

Passable Port

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 12:00 PM

Quahog!

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 12:15 PM

Just be food safe...two P's you don't want?

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 12:38 PM

Grilled or salt baked Porgy..With fried Pea Cakes.. And served with a Polenta..

You could do a Potato Pizza.. With ricotta cheese and sage...

Penne with prosciutto and peas maybe a little percorino on top..

Parker House Rolls.

Peel and eat Prawns..

Pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie..

How about a peck of pickled peppers.. :biggrin:

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Poached Pear

Pink Pepper Ice Cream

Puffed Pear Pancake

Pound cake
Pad Thai

Panna Cotta

Pork Parmasean

Portobello on toasts

Peanut Butter Mousse Cake

Potato gratin

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Peach Pudding

Portobello wrapped in Phyllo

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#18 Kent Wang

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 01:11 PM

Positively perfect!

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 01:20 PM

I hope that as part of the festivities you will all take part in reciting "Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers", finally culminating the game with a Grand Winner who of course will win a Precious Prize of perhaps some small Pecuniary Possibility or more Prettily, some small Peckadillo. One does not want to be too too Parvenu!!!

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 01:22 PM

Let's not forget that old stand-by, Pistachio Pilaf with Pumpkin Pieces.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 03:26 PM

Pease porridge

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 03:40 PM

It's like Sesame Street: Tonight's dinner is brought to you by the letter P.

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It's a good thing it wasn't foods that start with the letter S, or you'd all be covered in spit by the end of the evening just from saying the menu! :wink: Sufferin' Succotash!
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 04:45 PM

Poached pilchards
Potted porcini
Pickled persimmons
P'cha Paté (Jewish calf's foot jelly)
Poutines
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Posted 23 January 2006 - 05:21 PM

Wasn't it supposed to be 'foods that start with the letter "Q"'?  Anyone, anyone?

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Queen cake.

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Quenenelles of foie gras!

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 06:43 PM

Poached pilchards
Potted porcini
Pickled persimmons
P'cha Paté (Jewish calf's foot jelly)
Poutines

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mmm Poutines

#26 Khadija

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:21 PM

Thanks so much for all the enthusiasm and great ideas, everyone!

Daniel, as a matter of fact, I ate poutine with this friend the other day. There was regret afterwards, but that comes with poutine territory.

I have settled on a rough menu. I think adding the "p" adjectives is a good idea, and I will work on that later this week. I have tried to choose things that aren't especially fussy to prepare.

Appetizer: Panelle with Parsley and Peppered Almonds (loosely based on a Mario Batali recipe)

Salad: Pear, snowPea, Pinenut, and Parmigano shavings on baby spinach (I make this often)

Main: Pork tenderloin with Pomegranate sauce, Pomegranate Seeds, and Pistachios
Parsnip Puree
Pak Choi

Dessert: Profiteroles with Poached Pears

I did a test run of the appetizer and main course tonight. The panelle went very well. I thought the pork was very good too. I chose tenderloin, because some people don't like fattier cuts :angry:. I just made sure that it came out bright pink.

The pomegranate sauce was good, the sourness offset the sweetness of the parsnip puree very well. My only concern is that the sauce was a bit one dimensional. It consisted of fresh rosemary, onion, a bit of garlic, white wine, chicken stock, pomegranate juice, and pomegranate molasses. The rosemary didn't really come through, which surprised me, because I usually find rosemary pretty strong. I'm thinking about either adding more rosemary or omitting the rosemary and putting in a spice or two. If anybody has suggestions about this, I'd be happy to hear them.

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 08:41 PM

The pomegranate sauce was good, the sourness offset the sweetness of the parsnip puree very well.  My only concern is that the sauce was a bit one dimensional.  It consisted of fresh rosemary, onion, a bit of garlic, white wine, chicken stock, pomegranate juice, and pomegranate molasses.  The rosemary didn't really come through, which surprised me, because I usually find rosemary pretty strong.  I'm thinking about either adding more rosemary or omitting the rosemary and putting in a spice or two.  If anybody has suggestions about this, I'd be happy to hear them.

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Yes, omit the rosemary. Consider add ing a whole clove or two (just for background, not to shout, and remove prior to serving) as a possible new dimension. I think a little clove might work very well with pomegranate.
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#28 Khadija

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:17 AM

Hi everyone.

The haPPy "P" themed birthday dinner was last night. It was a huge success, and I owe thanks to all of you for encouragement and great ideas.

We wound up having:

Panelle with Peppered-Almond Gremolata

Pear, Pinenut, and Parmesan Salad

Pea Pansotti

Pork tenderloin with Pomegranate Sauce, Pistachios, and Pomegranate seeds
on a bed of Parsnip Puree
with Pak Choi

Passionfruit Pavlova

As per rlibkind's suggestion, I used a bit of whole clove in the pomegranate glaze, as well as a bit of cinammon. I also brined the pork in a solution of water, salt, honey, clove, and cinnamon. The sauce was really delicious and the pistachios and pomegranate seeds really added a wonderful texture the dish.

I think writing a menu based on something kind of arbitrary in relation to food & cooking is quite interesting, because it really forces you to think of out of the ordinary ingredients and dishes. (I had never purchased a passionfruit before, but I will now!) I think it would be quite interesting to explore different letters!

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:43 PM

Passionfruit Pavlova :wub:

We made one a couple of years ago, after watching Miss Nigella work her seductive wiles on those meringue clouds and willing fruit.

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 06:42 AM

Any Pictures? What was your Party's reactions? Did you reveal the Participatory nature of your Planning?