Food Variety

My sister coined the term, “Are you gastronomically bored?” to indicate times at which absolutely NOTHING sounds appetizing. I’m here today to disprove that notion. After all, you gotta eat, yeah? WE BEGIN.

So remember (you probably don’t) back in statistics/probability/calculus (glazed over eyes, zzz) how to calculate the number of possible combinations? If you had 2 types of cones and 2 types of ice cream and 3 types of toppings, how many variations of an ice cream cone could you get? 2 x 2 x 3…that’s 12 possibilities. More than you can eat in a day. Okay maybe not. You can eat that in a day, but you’ll probably be diabetic afterwards. It’s k. The way I learned and remembered that simple mathematical calculation was by saying, there’s “two by two by three choices.” Multiplication in probability usually meant “and”, and addition usually meant “or.”

Okay enough with the math (I’m a foodie, not a mathematician). Possible combinations? Just multiply the choices together. Sheesh.

So let’s hash it out.

Rotate meat.

Beef. Lamb. Goat. Mutton. Bison. Chicken. Pork. Turkey. Salmon. Mackerel. Cod. Squid. Shrimp. Crawfish. Lobster. Crab. Eel. Sardines. Boar. Ostrich. Kangaroo. Bugs.

Rotate cuts.

Loin. Sirloin. Short loin. Chuck. Rib. Shank. Brisket. Tendon. Flank. Round. Belly. Liver. Kidneys. Heart. Bones. Marrow. Skin.

Rotate cooking methods.

Sweat. Stir-fry. Saute. Boil. Steam. Fry. Bake. Broil. Roast. Baste. Stuff. Sous Vide. Freeze. Salt. Smoke. Puree.

Rotate Vegetables.

Broccoli. Brussell sprouts. Lettuce. Celery. Asparagus. Carrot. Cabbage. Cauliflower. Snow Peas. Snap peas. Peas. Onion. Fennel. Leek. Broccolini. Mushroom. Arugula. Endive. Watercress. Bok-choy. Kale. Chard. Green beans. Radicchio. Beet. Turnip. Radish. Bean sprouts. Pea shoots. Microgreens. Spinach. Bell Pepper. Cucumber. Zucchini. Articoke. Parsnip. Bamboo. Eggplant.

Rotate Fruits.

Apples. Bananas. Cherries. Cranberries. Apricots. Pears. Lemon. Lime. Strawberry. Blueberry. Blackberry. Raspberry. Watermelon. Cantelope. Honeydew. Orange. Grapefruit. Gooseberries. Tomato. Fig. Starfruit. Guava. Mango. Kiwi. Papaya. Avocado. Peach. Plum. Persimmon. Date. Tangerines. Oh. My. Goodness. The list goes on.

Rotate Starches.

Potatoes. Different colors. Sweet potatoes. Different colors. Fingerlings. Squash. Winter squash. Russets. Golds. Okinawans. Yams. If tolerated, rice. Soaked. Cooked properly. White is good. Wild is fun too.

Rotate Spices and Herbs.

Anise. Basil. Coriander. Coriander Seeds. Cumin. Cayenne. Red Pepper. Pepper. Salt. Oregano. Paprika. Turmeric. Garam Marsala. Thyme. Rosemary. Fennel Seed. Clove. Cinnamon. Ginger. Garlic. Dill. Mint. Parsley. Cilantro. Chives. Green onion. Tarragon. Mustard. Onion Powder. Garlic Powder. Sage. Saffron. Lavender. Elderflower. Lemongrass.

Rotate Fat.

Tallow. Lard. Duck fat. Butter. Ghee. Olive oil. Coconut oil. Coconut Cream. Avocados. Cream. Natural Animal Fat. Nut oils.

Snacks and Additions.

Coconut. Nuts. Almonds. Walnuts. Pistachios. Cashews. Chestnuts. Macadamia. Hazelnuts. Pecans. Brazil. Seeds. Pumpkin. Sesame. Black sesame. Sunflower. Dried Fruit: Raisins. Prunes. Apricots. Pineapple. Apple. Cherries. Dehydrated: Bananas. Blueberries. Cherries.

Let’s take the number count from each category.

Meat. 22. Cut. 17. Cooking Method. 16. Vegetables. 38. Fruits. 30. Starches. 10. Spices and Herbs. 35. Fat. 12. Snacks and Additions. 25

Possible Combinations, if you take one from each category.

22 x 17 x 16 x 38 x 30 x 10 x 35 x 12 x 25.

716284800000 combinations.

Lifespan of let’s say…100 years. 365 days per year. 3 meals per day.

109500 meals/lifetime.

The list of foods above is certainly varied, but is by no means, super-comprehensive.

Better get in that kitchen and get started.

Stop getting bored.