Last month, I don't know if I mentioned it but, I was in a secret mission to the Hummingbird islands, trying to solve mystery around the identify of the Cheerful Dragon Gunslinger, as the locals call him. Such a long story. So in this mission, I came to be in the uncomfortable situation to impress the touchy-feline-owner of an infamous bar with something that hadn't ever tasted in his 6 previous lives. If he would licked his whiskers, he would meow me an ultra confidentia(h)azardous clue, crucial for my investigations. And as I was brainstorming, BAAM, the idea popped into my mind. The bar was called "food for thought". I thought, why not cook the "food for thought " itself? But, literally?
To understand this dish I will set up a little neurological background for you. Don't give up now, you will like the result. So, initially, the brain has four lobes and many other structures. Each of the 4 lobes controls some very basic awareness functions. All 4 are located just below the skull, all around our brain area. These lobes are:
- the frontal lobe (the area just behind your forehead )
- the parietal lobe (the area at the top of the head )
- the occipital lobe (the area above the your neck )
- and the temporal lobe (the area above your ears )
Then I chose a very basic function, adjusted by each lobe. I made a little omelet representing the shape of each lobe, which was made by ingredients that improve that function that I chose from each lobe. So each lobe- omelet is made y ingredients that improve this lobes performance if eaten, right ?
The frontal lobe is responsible for concentration and memory. So I tried to cook something that will enhance these functions. "Food for thought" for real. :) One of parietal lobe's main functions is the pain's perception regulation. So I chose ingredients that would diminish the sensation of pain. In the occipital lobe there is the primary visual center, the area that processes all visual information from our eyes. So, for this I worked with food that improves vision. And finally, the temporal lobe contains the primary auditory center, same optical center, only this process all the information coming out of our ears . As you can imagine I chose ingredients that enhance hearing.
The materials for the 4 small omelets that will come together to show a culinary or visualized side section of brain are:
- for the frontal lobe - better concentration & memory : olive oil, garlic, chilli and egg white (to unite all materials )
- for the parietal lobe - less pain : cabbage, almonds and egg yolk
- for the occipital lobe - better vision : sweet potato, carrot, nuts and egg yolk
- and for the temporal lobe - better hearing : salmon, peas, red pepper, grated cheese, tomato sauce and egg white
( I know that many of the upper ingredients have multiple action, eg the salmon is great for vision too. However, I decided to use only once each ingredient to keep things clear. )
Above you see the four lobes omelets, ready and cut to resemble lobes' sections from the side. Can you guess which part is which?? Let me help you.
The pure white garlicy and chilly ( 1 ) goes to the frontal lobe for better concentration and memory. The bright green of the (2 ) reduces the sensation of pain, so the parietal. The riot of orange in ( 3 ) gives you eagle eyes, so occipital and finally the fiery red (4 ) of the temporal promises better hearing .
The pieces came together and if you followed the flow of my thoughts, I bet that you can definitely see a mouthwatering "food for thought" dish and a colorful brain's slice.
This was my attempt to visualize that phrase and was so fun trying too. Only the fact that I combined two of my great loves, neurobiology and cooking, gives me great satisfaction. :)