Guess the Mystery Meal: A Ten Part Series (Part 1)

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Today I am launching a new project: Guess the Mystery Meal. I am going to make a meal from scratch using 47 ingredients. The meal will have five basic components, but one of the components will have six homemade components.

Confused? Let’s pretend the meal is a fish taco. I would have to make the tortilla, the coleslaw, the marinade, and the guacamole from scratch.

Guess the mystery meal

Any guesses on the mystery meal that will be made down the line from these 47 ingredients?

  • all-purpose flour
  • allspice berries
  • anchovies
  • apple
  • bay leaves
  • beef
  • brown sugar
  • cabbage
  • canned tomatoes
  • caraway seeds
  • carrots
  • cayenne pepper
  • celery
  • celery salt
  • celery seeds
  • cider vinegar
  • cinnamon stick
  • cloves
  • cream
  • cucumbers
  • dark corn syrup
  • egg
  • garlic
  • garlic powder
  • ginger
  • honey
  • horseradish (fresh)
  • juniper berries
  • lemon, lemon peel
  • molasses
  • mustard seeds
  • olive oil
  • onion
  • onion powder
  • peppercorns
  • red bell pepper
  • rye flour
  • salt
  • saltpeter
  • serrano chilies
  • sugar
  • Swiss cheese
  • vegetable oil
  • water
  • white distilled vinegar
  • white wine
  • yeast

I know I could have been even more of a culinary badass. Some of these ingredients could be homemade. For example, I am going to use store-bought vinegar. I looked into making homemade vinegar, but I shuddered when I read about waiting for a thick “mother” of I’m not exactly sure what to form on the top, and I am not quite ready to go there just yet (too squeamish for now, I guess, so maybe that’s further on up the road). It’s supposedly easy to make homemade vinegar from wine, but then wouldn’t I need to make my own wine from grapes?

While we’re on the subject, many people grind their own flour and make their own Swiss cheese.

I decided, though, to draw a line in the pantry at using these 47 ingredients as the components of my meal.

I got the idea for this project while reading the book Make the Bread, Buy the Butter (no affiliation). I had just made homemade ricotta after mistakenly getting a couple extra gallons of milk, and I got curious about what other commonly store-bought items it would be fun to make myself.

Make a guess about the future meal in the comments, and stay tuned.

P.S. This is Day 2 of NaBloPoMo, and since some new readers may be stumbling along to my blog, I would like to make a shameless plug for my homemade postcard project that I have never managed to get off the ground (except for the time I coerced my own son to do it).

The basic idea is I would like to celebrate your courage for any time you’ve gone outside your comfort zone by publishing the handmade postcard you’ve sent to me. I would also feature whatever story you’d like to share about it with a link to your blog, or you could let the postcard speak for itself. Any takers? Here’s more info: Send me a postcard.

P.P.S. I just received an in-real-life guess of “breaded beef cucumber salad.” Nope.

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I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.
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18 Responses to Guess the Mystery Meal: A Ten Part Series (Part 1)

  1. Hmm, could be Thanksgiving dinner. Could be a soup in there somewhere. IDK……
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  2. Erica M says:

    Is this one dish or different courses? If it’s different courses, I need the ingredients divided up!
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  3. I have no idea what this will be. Probably because I don’t cook. When will you reveal the answer?
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    • Marcy says:

      I am going to make each component separately over a period of time, and then reveal it when it all comes together. I don’t know how long that will take, but I think somebody will guess it before it’s finished.

  4. Sara says:

    Holy cow, that’s a lot of ingredients. I do not have a clue what it may be, but I’m curious to find out! Happy to have discovered your blog through NaBloPoMo!
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  5. Stacie says:

    I’m completely clueless!!
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  6. Karen says:

    Hmmmm. . .is it some kind of Reuben sandwich?
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    • Marcy says:

      Ding, ding, ding–we have a winner! Excellent job, Karen. Was it the saltpeter that gave it away?

      • Karen says:

        Woo hoo! It was the combination of allspice, Swiss cheese and rye flour. It made me think of a Reuben, because that’s one of my favorite sandwiches (and I have spent a lot of years working in restaurants). It’s hard to get a good one where I live though.

        I was momentarily stumped by the anchovies and the canned tomatoes ; )

        You are incredibly industrious. Please post pictures of the finished product!
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  7. TriGirl says:

    Wow! I’m guessing some sort of pastry-covered meal, like a shepherd’s pie type of dish?
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