I saw a hilarious video recipe inspired by Paula Deen today:
The video, for a moment, covers the subject of “pie pies,” you know, a pie with another pie in it. This brings up the idea for another recipe I have long wanted to make, the “meta-muffin.” (A large muffin with smaller muffins of different types embedded in it.)
I’d say puff pastry fits into this family of foods too: a master baker can take a single piece of dough and one piece of butter, and by repeated folding get an exponential number of flaky alternating layers of pastry and butter.
Upon further reflection, I have indeed made a food-out-of-a-food: spice mixes like Ras el-hanout (رأس الحانوت) are spices manufactured from other spices. We made couscous a few days ago with fried eggplants, many roasted veggies, chickpeas, and the following ras el-hanout blend: allspice, bird peppers, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, fennel, ginger, grains of paradise, peppercorns, sumac, and turmeric (so far as I remember). Delicious and nutritious!
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