But as I was ruminating over the dearth of fresh fruits and vegetables in my food stock, it occurred to me that while alchemy might not be possible when it comes to noble metals, perhaps I could perform a bit of "food group" alchemy using the ingredients I had on hand.
First up - green things!
As I was taking stock of the pantry I came across an ancient jar of alfalfa and other seeds intended for sprouting. I was psyched because I thought this would be a great way to grow some quick and easy salad greens. Unfortunately, when I opened the jar my nose quickly told me that they had gone rancid.
What? You mean to tell me that food won't actually keep for 10+ years? Wait, don't answer that.
Next up - fruit.
OK... now granted, this one was gonna be a tad bit more difficult, but maybe I could pull it off.
Now, technically speaking, the distinction between a "fruit" and a "vegetable" is really more of a culinary or cultural categorization that a scientific difference between different sorts of plants. Generally, we tend to call sweeter plants fruits, and their more savory cousins vegetables.
So maybe... just maybe with a little bit of ingenuity, I could push the boundary a bit and move some vegetables into the fruit category. And what vegetable do I have astounding amounts of... you got it, pumpkins!
So, when I saw a photo of pumpkin preserves over on An Exacting Life, I was beyond thrilled! I altered the recipe a bit... basically this is just pumpkin pieces marinated in sugar and lemon juice, then cooked and chilled. The result was a rather fruity tasting treat!
All in all I'd have to say I am quite pleased with my little experiments.
So... anybody got any other ideas for food group alchemy?