The Meal Game

The aim of The Meal Game is to construct the largest inedible meal possible. The best time to play this is in restaurants in the time between ordering your food and the food arriving. You take it in turns to name a foodstuff. Each foodstuff must be something which does not "go with" any of the previous foodstuffs.

"Go with" is highly subjective and must be agreed upon by all participants. Two foodstuffs don't need to be directly mixed into the same dish in order to go together. Beer and curry, for example, do go together.

Here's a sample game I played yesterday:

  1. Olives
  2. Apricot
  3. Aubergine
  4. Coca-cola
  5. Haggis
  6. Anchovies
  7. Guinness
  8. Ketchup
  9. Smoked salmon
  10. Vindaloo
  11. Sambuca
  12. Mint sauce
  13. Bourbon creams
  14. Soy sauce

Some observations: allowing drinks extends the life of the game quite substantially; there's a lot of mileage in condiments; don't start with a ridiculously versatile food like "bread" or "salt"...

Hardcore version

Played exactly as before, except in a real kitchen and with real food. The loser is required to eat the resulting meal.

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