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Self-poached apricots and other treats

Here's a challenge: what (preferably prepared at home) foods would still be fit and taste good after 6 hours sitting in the very warm sun?

Also: There's a Willy Wonka chocolate factory being built in an ex-railway tunnel in Amsterdam; it's mostly a theme park attraction, but will also produce chocolate.

And here's the recipe for the gazpacho shots from the food blog party the other week.

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cavmn
Jul. 2nd, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Maybe sliced watermelon? Chex mix? Smoked meat (flavored beef jerky)? Freshly-baked bread? I'm a man of simple tastes, so my apologies if none of that is fancy enough for you, but I was thinking picnicky-type foods.
ewtikins
Jul. 2nd, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
I was going to say sliced watermelon. Also some fruit salads work well.

Six hours in very warm sun = bugs are going to smell it and land in it = get some of those screen things to put over top = partial shade now, innit?

owlfish
Jul. 2nd, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
I think of fruit salads as a cool dish, but there's no reason why they wouldn't work well warm. (Fruit compote, after all...)

Bugs in general would be a concern. In this case, it was - happily - not a problem. I'm not sure why bugs weren't a problem - just enough breeze off of the water we were next to?

Those screen things are mighty handy, but they hardly provide THAT much in the way of shade.
owlfish
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Fancy isn't necessary. I was stuck thinking of plain, unprepared fruits and veggies as things that'll last just fine in direct light. Your suggestions are all very good ones!

I went on a picnic yesterday, and after six hours in the sun, very little was still edible. I was wondering what foods would be robust enough for future sunlit picnics. (We had a few coolers, but they were full of drinks.)
fjm
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:32 am (UTC)
Roast beef and hard boiled eggs are both fine.
Tomatoes with salt
pickles!
sollersuk
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
After 6 hours? None unless you can keep the insects off. And anything meant to be cold certainly wouldn't taste very nice.
owlfish
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Cold isn't an option after that much direct sunlight. Everything's warm, if not nearly hot. My water bottle was full of practically hot water. (There were some coolers, so we did have some cool drinks left , happily.) I'm not worried about insects for the purpose of the question - there are always little portable screens and, for whatever reason, we didn't actually seem to attract insects to the food we did have yesterday.

Although if you know of insect-repelling foods, I'd certainly be interested in those for future picnicking!
justinsomnia
Jul. 2nd, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
That chocolate article is just more proof of my argument that the Netherlands is a joke country.

(no offense intended to Netherlanders ... just being silly)
owlfish
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
I have a big weakness for the tastefully silly. I'd love to go when it's done.
a_d_medievalist
Jul. 2nd, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Just figured this is probably picnic food you're talking about. The Two Fat ladies did a fantastic picnic episode -- the recipes are probably on foodtv.com. Jamie Oliver did, too. One of the things the Fat Ladies did was a steak and mushroom sandwich -- seared steak and sauteed mushrooms in a hollowed-out loaf. No mayo, no threat. Also, layers of roasted veg (I like red and yellow paprikas, eggplant, and courgettes/zucchini with a little goat cheese. Layer and sprinkle lightly w/good olive oil and basalmic vinegar and herbs, put it in a loaf of VERY crusty bread -- heavy peasant loaves, rather than light baguette-y -- and wrap very tightly. You can also use fresh mozzarella. To reduce sogginess, you might lightly marinate the veg before roasting and omit the dressing after wards. A nice apple crisp/crumble will also sit out nicely. Tabouli is generally pretty tasty -- in fact, I think most mezze-type things will be both safe and tasty.

I would not agree with the boiled eggs, though. Safer than other eggy things, but still best not to leave out for too long, even at room temperature, unless they're pickled. For example web.extension.uiuc.edu/macombcenter/nutrition/egg%20safety.doc. Granted, I think sites like this generally err on the saide of over-safety, but 6 hours in the heat is not something I'd risk, myself. I'd probably go that long, or even a little longer, if I were camping or hiking in weather below 50 F, though.
owlfish
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
I've read so many good picnic suggestions lately, but most are intended for people picnicking near home - or with food fresh from coolers. I'm not sure anything I read in the current Olive magazine would last for more than an hour or two in direct heat and sunlight. I was thinking meats wouldn't be robust enough, but that's not necessarily true, given slow cooking techniques.

From personal observation, fresh mozzarella does badly in that much sunlight, much as I love it dearly.

What I really craved in the heat was salads, but they're not particularly robust.
a_d_medievalist
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
Marinated veg salads, or cruciferous veg-based ones are better. Another option is Indian or Thai foods made to be served at room-temperature. THe spices have natural anti-bacterials, and the foods will taste much as they should.
cavmn
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
I was also thinking of fresh fruits. A bowl of different kinds/colors of seedless grapes (white, red, purple) would still look/taste nice after a few hours of sun, & Saran Wrap over the top should keep all the creepy-crawlers out.

Kiwis would also be a good choice. Not something most folks have all that often, and even when warm a ripe kiwi tastes delicious on a hot day. Pineapple as well.

Some canned foods ought to do alright. Pitted Olives or fruit cocktail in a can. Doesn't need to be kept cool, and they can be kept in a bag & should be just fine (as well as being durable if somewhat banged about by other stuff).

Pecans or walnuts should also hold up well. If you brought a plastic bottle of honey, a few apples, & some nuts, you can make a tasty little salad. Leave the apples intact until right before serving. Peel & slice (a little Pampered Chef tool does this in seconds - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4457700225&category=20641 ) the apples, sprinkle the nuts & pour some honey on & presto, you are done!
printperson
Jul. 3rd, 2006 11:31 am (UTC)
food for a sunny picnic
If you were to bring UNRIPE fruit or vegetable, such as a pineapple or tomatoes, in (and this is important) a brown paper bag - to your sunny picnic, it would ripen during the day and be perfectly ready to eat after six hours in the sun. They would be quite delicious warm too.

Or try going to the picnic with all the food - sandwiches, pastas, meats, drinks - frozen solid. (Fresh greens wouldn't do too well). The frozen food would defrost and be ready to eat.

I should think that desert cuisines would offer plenty of ideas - couscous, dates, nuts.
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