Two weeks ago, I brought my black bean brownies into work and basically forced everyone to try them. This inspired something fun for the office – Bizarre Foods Friday. My co-worker/friend Tanya thought of it. Her rules were simple, you had to make a food that either:
• had a weird ingredient
• had a weird color
• had a weird smell
Fortunately, no one went with the smell. Eight people participated. The rules were that you had to try the food before you were told what the secret ingredient was. Everyone was expecting something really weird from me, but I kept it pretty tame and made a pie.
Can you spot the weird ingredient?
2 cups chocolate chips
1/3 cup coffee liqueur
1 block silken tofu
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon honey (I used agave nectar)
1 prepared chocolate wafer crust
Place a small metal bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Melt the chocolate and coffee liqueur in the bowl. Stir in vanilla.
Combine the tofu, chocolate mixture, and honey in the blender jar. Liquefy until smooth.
Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until the filling is set.
No one guessed that there was tofu in it! It just tasted like a very rich chocolate pie. Some people did taste the Kahlua, but I didn’t notice it.
Aside from the pie, we had lots of other interesting choices. My personal favorite were the Deceptively Delicious Banana Cauliflower Muffins. Seriously, I would make these at home.
Chocolate cake made with three jalapenos and cilantro and a ricotta icing. I didn’t like the cake, but the icing was good.
“Apple” Pie that’s really make from zucchini. This was just weird. I actually knew the secret ingredient ahead of time and I’m wondering if it would have tasted different to me had I not. It sort of tasted like apple pie, but just a little bit off.
Potato Salad made with apples:
Cookies made with cake mix. These just tasted like soft cookies. Cake mix is not very bizarre!
Brownies with gummy worms:
And last but not least, chips with blue dip. It was a little disconcerting to eat onion dip that was bright blue like that!
My office has never done anything like this, at least since I’ve been there, so it was a fun little Friday afternoon activity for sure.