GOOD

These Recipes and Food Combos Ruptured The Internet

If it ain’t broke, don’t add quinoa to it

A few days ago, actor Scott K. Foley (Captain Jake Ballard on Scandal) shared a video to his 330,000 Instagram followers of him eating scrambled eggs topped with peanut butter. It caused a worldwide hysteria, both people admitting they’d tried and loved this odd concoction and people who were totally grossed out, adding a cascade of sick-face emojis. A few intrepid bloggers, including Elizabeth Buxton at Refinery29, gave it a shot and lived to tell about it. In fact, she liked it. “So just as you might like the spicy kick hot sauce adds to your morning scramble, fans of the savory-sweet mash-ups may just actually dig this strange situation,” wrote Buxton. “I know I did.”


It got us thinking about these other recipes and food combos that caused a stir on the internet.

1) The New York TimesGreen Pea Guacamole\n

“Adding fresh English peas to what is an otherwise fairly traditional guacamole is one of those radical moves that is also completely obvious after you taste it,” wrote Times’ Cooking Melissa Clark in perhaps the recipe writing equivalent to assassinating the Archduke Ferdinand. This is the granddaddy of scandalized recipes, unleashing the fury of the internet. The controversy went all the way to the top: even then-President Barack Obama weighed in, saying in a tweet, “respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic.” On the other hand, it should be noted that avocados might see a bump in price if the current president enacts his 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports. We may need to bite the bullet and add those peas as filler.

2) The New York TimesPho with Broccoli and Quinoa\n

The Times’ cooking team sure has some funny ideas about what wacky ingredients to put in classic dishes that are fine just the way they are. You can see the gears turning here—how do you make the Vietnamese soup staple a bit healthier—but broccoli and quinoa? I’m sorry, but have you ever thought, “You know what would make delicious pho noodle soup good? get rid of the noodles and add quinoa.” No? Congratulations, you still have all your mental capacities. Especially since author Andrea Nguyen, in her recently released The Pho Cookbook (Ten Speed Press), writes that the word “pho” probably originated from the Chinese soup nguu nhuc phan, which translates to “crossing the bridge noodles.” Or as journalist Melissa Chan pointed out on Twitter, “Dear New York Times's recipe section: ‘Pho With Broccoli and Quinoa’ IS NO LONGER PHO.”

3) PopSugar’s Wine and Cheese Shots\n

Wine is beloved by people from around the world. Some people even love it so much they become experts on the refined nature of the fermented grape libation. A 2009 Chateau Margaux sold at auction in Dubai for over $150,000 in 2013. It is often enjoyed with cheese. Many people consider wine and cheese an exquisite delicacy. PopSugar, on the other hand, got some cheddar, shredded it, microwaved it, put it into a shot glass mold (a what now?), let it solidify, and then poured wine into it so you can enjoy them together. Vanity Fair tech reporter Maya Kosoff declared the unnatural meeting as “disgusting.” Verge reported that 13,000 mostly negative reviews agreed with her. The chances that someone is going to actually re-create this is zero.

4) Medium Rare Chicken

This isn’t so much a recipe offering as a publicly offered cooking blunder. In January, Australian Facebook user Morgan Jane Gibbs posted a since-deleted pic of some pink fleshy objects, and wrote, “Just made chicken medium rare chicken strips. They're so good can't believe ive neever tried it like this before. Can't wait to dig into this with my homemade salad and veges” (sic). It reminds us of that time on Friday Night Lights when Riggins ordered a rare squab in order to impress football recruiters. Either way, eating bird rare in any manner is gross, and definitely unhealthy—chicken is pretty well known for being susceptible to salmonella.

5) Kool-Aid Baked Chicken Wings

This one traces back to Facebook user Valerie O’Neal who posted images of her orange, blue raspberry, and cherry chicken in August last year. O’Neal reported that it wasn’t too sweet, and that the Kool-Aid flavor barely came through, but still, we’re not sure if we’re too keen on eating blue chicken wings.

6) Jamie Oliver’s Chorizo Paella\n

Jamie Oliver, the Naked Chef who should have known better, tried to sneak some paprika-flavored sausage into his paella recipe. The backlash was swift and thorough. The Guardian’s headline “Jamie Oliver's paella brings fractured Spain together … against him” said it all, and the article described the immense disgust at Oliver’s faux pas. The thing is, as The Guardian pointed out, Oliver tried to add vine-ripened tomatoes, parsley, and a lemon wedge as his personal “twist” to the West African dish jollof rice. Oliver’s folly, along with the others listed above, should be a lesson to all of us: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, undercook it, or add any weird ingredients to it.

Food
Screenshot via Sweden.se/Twitter (left) Wikimedia Commons (right)

Greta Thunberg has been dubbed the "Joan of Arc of climate change" for good reason. The 16-year-old activist embodies the courage and conviction of the unlikely underdog heroine, as well as the seemingly innate ability to lead a movement.

Thunberg has dedicated her young life to waking up the world to the climate crisis we face and cutting the crap that gets in the way of fixing it. Her speeches are a unique blend of calm rationality and no-holds-barred bluntness. She speaks truth to power, dispassionately and unflinchingly, and it is glorious.

Keep Reading Show less
The Planet
Ottawa Humane Society / Flickr

The Trump Administration won't be remembered for being kind to animals.

In 2018, it launched a new effort to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska that had been outlawed under Obama. Hunters will be able to shoot hibernating bear cubs, murder wolf and coyote cubs while in their dens, and use dogs to hunt black bears.

Efforts to end animal cruelty by the USDA have been curtailed as well. In 2016, under the Obama Administration, the USDA issued 4,944 animal welfare citations, in two years the numbers dropped to just 1,716.

Keep Reading Show less
Science

The disappearance of 40-year-old mortgage broker William Earl Moldt remained a mystery for 22 years because the technology used to find him hadn't been developed yet.

Moldt was reported missing on November 8, 1997. He had left a nightclub around 11 p.m. where he had been drinking. He wasn't known as a heavy drinker and witnesses at the bar said he didn't seem intoxicated when he left.

Keep Reading Show less
Communities
via Real Time with Bill Maher / YouTube and The Late Late Show with James Corden / YouTube

A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics
via Gage Skidmore

The common stereotypes about liberals and conservatives are that liberals are bleeding hearts and conservatives are cold-hearted.

It makes sense, conservatives want limited government and to cut social programs that help the more vulnerable members of society. Whereas liberals don't mind paying a few more dollars in taxes to help the unfortunate.

A recent study out of Belgium scientifically supports the notion that people who scored lower on emotional ability tests tend to have right-wing and racist views.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics