A Spectacular Dish For $10 Or Less
I know this is a bit different, but economics always plays a part in how we feed ourselves. This is something we’ve not seen before, so I thought we’d give it a go. You didn’t think I’d choose something easy, did you?
The challenge is to combine ones talents with food as well as how we manage our money. It's an integral part of food, and this challenge is extended from the kitchen to the market as well. We've used limitations like ingredient selections or technique. This is just another limitation.
You can use whatever is in your pantry, i.e. spices, oils, vinegar etc. If it plays an important role in your dish, it needs to be counted toward the $10. We’re working basically on the honor system here, but each dish should have an ingredient list and how much it cost. For example :
Pork Chop, Potatoes, Veg. Legumes, Onions, Garlic = $7.23.
The price should include the entire bag of legumes, even if you use only a small portion for your dish. I should also mention that if you have basil or other herbs growing at home (like I do), you can use that free of charge, unless of course it’s pesto. It can’t be a dominant ingredient, otherwise it counts toward the $10. Garnishes are ok, but if thyme is used to flavor a stew, then it counts. I think you guys get the idea. . .
I chose $10 so that some proteins can be included, but it doesn’t mean you have to. No limit on how many or which ingredients. If you live in another country, use the equivalent. I know that might put people at a disadvantage (beef in Argentina is cheaper) but that will be factored into a decision.
Following is a United States Department of Labor website with average unit costs.
You wanted a challenge, right?
If this doesn’t go over well, I have a few more conventional ideas in my back pocket. (smiley face) I didn't place the actual challenge in the title so I can change it if everybody hates this. (frowny face) You have 24 hours since I cannot edit after that.
EDIT : Nicko locked this challenge in, so away we go. . . !!!!
Edited by jake t buds - 5/3/16 at 12:42pm