I decided to give Clotilde's game a try today, since it is my birthday. (I am 39 years old, for the first and only time!) I made a bunch of papers with the names of ingredients and put them in an empty tea box.
The first combination I came up with was spinach-curry-almonds. It would be easy to make up my own curried spinach with almonds, but I would probably want to use some kind of fat or oil because curry spice combinations are generally fried in oil. Through google, I found this spinach curry with almonds and a lot of other ingredients. It looks pretty good.
Second combination was tofu-black beans-broccoli. So let's say that "black beans" can include the Chinese salted black soybeans! There's a nice three-ingredient dish. I will try to make it...but maybe not until after Passover. Google found me several recipes along the same lines, this one looks credible.
My third was artichokes-chickpeas-chipotle. My first thought was to make a chipotle hummus filling and stuff the artichokes with it. None of the search engines came up with a recipe with this combo. Alternately I could stew artichoke hearts with chickpeas and chipotle, or make a salad of cooked chickpeas with artichoke hearts in a mildly chipotle flavored vinagrette. That's probably the best one.
I think maybe my ingredients are too boring. I will try again another time. For now, my plan is to come up with exciting things for my friend to do with the apricots her trees produce. She has several apricot trees! She said, and I quote, " I want to take two of them out because they are so crowded and because we can only deal with so many freakin' apricots. If we give the lady next door a bucket full, she turns them into jam for us." I just got this email and I am determined to help her come to her senses! Or find a way for her to mail me apricots without having them turn to mush. (Mish-mish mush!)