Apparently, Wilfrid Sellars came up with this “philosophical time-waster“:
Identify three foods A, B, and C such that any two of these are complementary (taste good in combination) but the trio does not. So A and B must be complementary, B and C must be complementary, and A and C must be complementary, but A, B, and C must be foul when combined together.
I’m stumped. Tyler Cohen proposes Merlot, Coke and Chicken, but the idea of mixing Merlot and Coke seems pretty foul to me. Other options include sharp cheddar cheese, quince jelly and peanut butter, but I’m not too excited about eating a cheddar cheese and peanut butter sandwich.
Any solutions for the Sellars cooking conundrum? After giving this problem way too much thought, the best trio I could come up with is dark chocolate, peanut butter and orange marmalade. The marmalade combines nicely with the chocolate, works suitably well with the peanut butter, but I can’t imagine all three ingredients tasting good when combined together. (That said, I’d still probably eat a grilled peanut-butter, marmalade and dark chocolate sandwich, if in the proper state of mind.)
What’s your best trio?