Step 36: Black Chicken, Squid Steaks, Black Beans, and More - Black and White Supper and an End to This Madness

End the madness with a black and white feast!

Braised Black Chicken
Squid Steaks
Black beans & Turkey (prepped separately)
Cauliflower with rice noodles and black bean paste
Black olives
Glutinous rice balls with sesame seed paste

Of course, there are many more things that didn't make it:
Olive tapenade
White rice
Black rice
White bread
Black garlic
White sesame seeds
Poppy seeds
Toasted seaweed
White fish
White beans
White corn

Braised Black Chicken:
One black chicken, cut into quarters. (I made a heavily modified version inspired by theserecipes.)
- Chop and saute a large onion with a handful of garlic.
- Add spices: two pieces star anise, a sprinkling of whole cloves, 1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seed, 1/2 teaspoon whole brown mustard seed, several chunks of fresh ginger, a chicken boullion cube, and a generous sprinkling of allspice, cardamom, and ground black pepper.
- Add chicken, and brown lightly.
- Deglaze with ~3T soy sauce, ~2T mirin, and 1/4-1/2 c red wine, then mix in a scoop of black bean paste. Bring to a simmer, and make sure there's about an inch of liquid in the pot.
- Cover pot and turn to low.
- Cook for 60-90 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and sauce is reduced. Finish with the lid off to reduce further if necessary.
- Serve over rice noodles.

Squid Steaks:
Squid needs to be seared quickly, or else cooked on low for >30 minutes. The middle ground yields rubbery squid.
Since we had all sorts of wonderful sauces, I quickly pan-seared the squid in a non-stick pan without seasoning, producing a plain white protein patty you can cut with a fork. It's a bit like tofu, chicken breast, or egg whites, really - a very simple substrate for other flavors.

Turkey Breast:
Chop an onion and saute with a handful of garlic until translucent. Deglaze with a bit of white wine when necessary. Add 2 lbs ground turkey, and cook over low heat to avoid unnecessary browning. (We want to keep this as white as possible.) Add salt & white pepper to taste.

Black Beans:
Chop an onion and saute with a handful of garlic until translucent. Add a boullion cube, then deglaze with a bit of red wine when necessary. Add two cans black beans, drained and rinsed. Stir and cook down on low as long as possible, adding a bit of water or wine as needed to keep from sticking. You really want the beans to lose their shape and break down into a tasty, pasty goo. Adjust salt & pepper, and serve when you like the taste/texture.

Cauliflower with noodles and black bean paste:
Chunk and steam the cauliflower until just fork-tender. Soak rice noodles in hot water until soft.
Chop an onion and saute with a handful of garlic until translucent. Add two scoops of black bean paste, and stir in noodles. Add a dash of soy sauce and mirin to prevent noodles from sticking, and stir in cauliflower. Add salt, pepper, and sriracha to taste. Add more bean paste or soy until it tastes good. Serve immediately.
This would have been better served separately and mixed on the plate, as it turned brown in the pot. Alas. We still counted it as black-and-white.

Glutinous rice balls with sesame paste:
I bought a frozen 10-pack for $0.99, but you can make your own - they're basically a sweet paste of ground seeds wrapped in a simple dough of rice flour. Drop the frozen rice balls into boiling water, stirring about so they don't stick to the bottom of the pan. When they float to the surface, they should be cooked and warm all the way through. Remove with a slotted spoon and serve hot.
I know you did this a long haul ago, but I had to comment simply because it made me grin like an idiot (and considering I'm on the final slog of a brain-killing bout of influenza... rather desperately NEEDED that grin!) - I don't think I could do this myself, at least not the dressing one color a day until I get my closet rebuilt (lost 120+lbs and neglected to buy clothes as I went so I'm now scrambling to not freeze my bits off as I create new clothes) but reading and seeing how you threw yourselves into the idea AND work/live with folks who's reaction is a "Ah, okay. Bit different, but looks like fun. Can I play?" is just awesome to see. An absolutely spiffing reminder that you are supposed to have and spread fun in your day to day life - not just grind through it. Brilliant!
You guys should've watched old black and white movies on the last day.
No &quot;Paint it Black,&quot; no &quot;Back in Black,&quot; no &quot;Deep Purple&quot; songs! Hoo boy, do they not know music in SF? <br> <br>Admittedly, that project was no easy one, so good job.
Whiter Shade of Pale needed to be in there. For the spacey effect.
Hey, no Brown-eyed Girl? Shame on you. <br>And you know, the opening line of California Dreaming should have qualified it to be on the list.
Did you use cameras of the appropriate color for this ible.<br>
Knights in White Satin anybody? :D
Black metal ;D thats a whole genre right there!<br>
here are the traditional colours <br><br>Monday (Lundi / Moon day) white, pink<br>Tuesday (Mardi / Mars day) red<br>Wednesday (Mercredi / Mercury day) purple, silver<br>Thursday (Jeudi ? Jupiter day) Green<br>Friday (Vendredi / Venus day) blue<br>Saturday (Samedi / Saturn day) black<br>Sunday (Dimanche / Sun day) orange, yellow, gold<br>
As far back as I can remember (around 5 years old) I have always had different colors (in a textured pattern) associated with the days of the week. <br><br> I seem to match closest with Monday and Thursday on your list of traditionals. :)
Awesome and what not, but how could you forget Red, Red Wine by UB40?!
Very first thing I thought after looking at the list of songs. :D
Totally, how could you have a list of 'red' music, and have nothing from the band called, simply, &quot;Red&quot;? lol. &nbsp;They're one of my favorites.
More tinted tunes:<br/>(courtesy of 'dofo and I. we were bored and browsing through itunes.)<br/><br/><strong>Red</strong><br/>&quot;Red Sweater&quot; - The Aquabats<br/>&quot;99 Luftballons&quot; - Nena<br/><em>Red Blood Cells</em> (whole album) - the White Stripes<br/><br/><strong>Orange</strong><br/>&quot;Orange&quot; - the Dandy Warhols<br/>Agent Orange (any album)<br/>the Oranges Band (any album)<br/><br/><strong>Yellow</strong><br/>&quot;Mellow Yellow&quot; - Donovan<br/>&quot;Watching that Chair Painted Yellow&quot; - the Twilight Sad<br/>&quot;Who Loves the Sun?&quot; - the Velvet Underground<br/><br/><strong>Green</strong><br/>&quot;Green Corn&quot; - Leadbelly<br/>&quot;Everything's Gone Green&quot; - New Order<br/><em>the Green Album</em> (whole album) - Weezer<br/>Adam Green (any album)<br/><br/><strong>Blue</strong><br/>&quot;Blue Velvet&quot; - Bobby Vinton<br/>&quot;Blue Monday&quot; - New Order<br/>&quot;Song for a Blue Guitar&quot; - Red House Painters<br/>&quot;Mr. Blue&quot; - Yaz<br/>&quot;Am I Blue?&quot; The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black<br/><em>the Blue Album</em> (whole album) - Weezer<br/><br/><strong>Puple/Violet</strong><br/>&quot;Purple Toupee&quot; - TMBG<br/>&quot;Violet&quot; - Hole<br/>Deep Purple (any album)<br/><br/><strong>Black and White</strong><br/>&quot;Black and White&quot; - Serge Gainsbourg<br/>&quot;Black Tongue&quot; - the Yeah Yeah Yeahs<br/>&quot;Paint it Black- the Rolling Stones<br/>&quot;Black Velvet&quot; - Alanna Myles<br/>&quot;White Riot&quot;- the Clash<br/><em>the White Album</em> (whole album) - the Beatles <br/><em>the Black Album</em> (whole album) - Jay-Z<br/>Black Flag (any album)<br/>Barry White (any album)<br/><hr/>Seems like it was quite the amazing experiment, I must say. I'm turning all kinds of colors with envy.<br/>
whatt about any song by the white stripes?
a few friends did something kind of like this where we ate the foods of certain colors for each day of the week and we called it rainbow food week. But this looks like alot of fun, Great Instructable!
Eric; So YOU're the one invented Instructables... nice to meet you. <br> <br>I like the listing of music for each color. <br> <br>Can you say more who each of the people are in the pictures with you <br> <br>Cheers for this ridic... um, I mean inTRIguing instructable ;) <br> <br>Site
Sorry if this was already commented on, but neither white nor black are colors. One is the absence of and the other is the complete collection of colors. i'll leave you to determine which is which.<br><br>
This looks like Dutch queensday
Where's Golden Brown?
The whole yellow thing should be second nature to me, as I live in Amarillo, TX but I still despise the color. You did it splendidly, though!
Ya'll really need to join a fashion school.
Damned! This looks like a prison inmate get together at the visitor center.
Man, these folks oughtta put down the crack pipe when they look at Rooms to Go catalogs.. &quot;smacks forehead&quot;
also refrain from away missions.
Lemon poppyseed muffins are generally pretty yellow as well.
Step 3: &quot;He [randofo] didn't even notice we borrowed it!&quot;<br /> <br /> You cannot understand how hard I laughed.<br />
It suddenly occurred to me, who is taking these pictures (Duh!)? In most of them there are three of you but every once in a while there are four. Okay so that means in the pictures of three the fourth is taking the picture, what about when all four are in the picture? Timer? It does seem like you had a standard place for the dining room table shots. I realize it's not rocket surgery but curiosity struck me.
Yesss...Your plates are cool...That must freak out dinner guests every once in awhile...
That was what I noticed also. I thought they were eating bugs for a moment! Makes me wonder what other people would think of if they saw random pictures of my house/things. No, no, wait I already know what they think. Everyone knows I'm nuts. . .
I would have been to this point on day two! I'm not sure if I should say &quot;way to go!&quot; or &quot;you must have some kind of compulsive disorder!&quot; for getting this far.
I always thought Bach feels pretty orange, especially his Brandenburg concertoes. But people always start laughing whenever I suggest that some music associates very well with a specific colour...
Hey I'm with you. I tend to think of colors when I listen to music. I also tend to think of shapes when I'm trying to describe a flavor...We should just call it a sign of intelligence...!
O yes, flavor and shapes or textures... Great to hear of someone else thinking the same way! I think it actually has a name, this association thing (synesthesia, just found it on Wikipedia). But intelligence is also a good name, I'm sure :)
I once real an article about children who were associating colors with letters, for example, W would always be brown in their mind...I wonder if this is the same thing?
Thats actually a condition called synesthesia where one mental pathway activates another normally unrelated pathway.
You are probably already aware that a fellow Bay Area person and &quot;Post Porn Modernist&quot; Annie Sprinkle has been doing this, but instead of days she and her partner are doing YEARS ! <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.loveartlab.org/">http://www.loveartlab.org/</a> they even get married every year in a different color.<br/>IMHO skipping Blue for Brown was a travesty, blue is a primary color. Curious as to what you were thinking there.<br/>Very cute project. <br/>
Linda Montano did this for 14 years 1984-1998. http://www.lindamontano.com/living_art/index.html
We opted to skip blue for purple, as many blue food turn purple when cooked.
Paint It Black, Back In Black, Black-Eyed Peas, White and Nerdy, The White Stripes... All songs/artists that would also fit. :)
Ed Alleyne-Johnson's music would have been perfect for this project. He has an album called Purple Electric Violin Concerto, and his album Ultraviolet is all colour: White (Intro) Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet Ultraviolet White (Outro)
Curse my inquisitive nature. My curiosity couldn't handle it, so I checked the page source. The smaller box's caption in the second picture on step 28 reads "Urine." Regardless, this is a really funny idea and well presented. I am now resolved to pester a couple of friends until they agree to do this.
Oh thank you. I was just about to do that but I had forgotten how.<br />
How do you do that?
Right-click > View Page Source It's on line 427, around column 640.
Oh. Thanks!
LOL! I looked too. it's actually line 446, column 644. Hahaha. I wonder who's it is...
Ahh! Creepy but probably true! Ahh!
c'mon, yall! no 'im blue (da ba dee)' by eiffel 65? for shame D:

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