Downturn Dish: The Egg (Part 3)

May 11, 2009

Anyone tired of eggs yet?‚  I'm not.‚  But apparently they are on a non-scientific list of the‚ 10 most hated foods.‚  I found this interesting egg related‚ tid-bit in the article linked above: "Sometimes, though, a food aversion isn't real; a person only thinks he hates a certain food. Loftus, the psychology professor at UC Irvine, has spent years studying and documenting the phenomenon of false memories -- seemingly real recollections of events that never actually happened. Most of her work has dealt with issues related to abuse and trauma. In 2005 she began a series of studies to investigate whether false memories could result in lasting behavioral or attitudinal changes. She decided to use food as her investigative tool. In her first experiment, she asked test subjects to fill out extensive questionnaires that probed their likes, dislikes and food history. Each participant subsequently received a highly touted "computer profile" that described, among other things, a gastronomical mishap early in their lives. Half of the participants were told they had once gotten sick eating a hard-boiled egg; the others were told it was a bad pickle. In neither case did the event actually happen. And yet, in subsequent questioning, the participants expressed aversions to either hard-boiled eggs or pickles. Later experiments induced test subjects to report unfounded dislikes of egg salad sandwiches, strawberry ice cream and peach yogurt. Conversely, one study showed participants who were told they had enjoyed asparagus as a child rating the vegetable more highly than control subjects did. The phony aversions weren't temporary, either, Loftus said. Participants still disliked targeted foods months after their testing, though the aversion faded when participants were eventually informed it was based on an implanted false memory. There were a few foods, though, that Loftus and her colleagues could not persuade test subjects to dislike -- in particular potato chips and chocolate chip cookies." For those of you who don't hate the mighty hard boiled egg, I have a few more recipes (all without mayo). Greek Easter salad (from Food and Wine)

Ingredients

  1. 1 large head Romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  2. 1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  3. 8 radishes, thinly sliced
  4. 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  5. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. 4 hard-cooked eggs, halved
  9. Dill sprigs, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, cucumber, radishes and scallions. In a small bowl, whisk the oil with the vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Add the dressing to the salad and toss well. Top with the eggs, garnish with dill and serve immediately.
‚  Refrigerator Salad

Ingredients

  1. lettuce (your choice)
  2. veggies from your fridge that need to be consumed, chopped into bite sized pieces
  3. cheese (or even meat) in need of eating (I'm particularly fond of feta)
  4. one or two chopped hard boiled eggs
  5. Homemade dressing made with olive oil, vinegar of your choice, a little mustard, salt, pepper
Somehow the egg classes the whole thing up...adds a bit of intentionality to eating the remains of the veggie drawer. ‚