Help me out, friends. Do you guys remember this commercial that was probably on in the early 2000s…for maybe Amazon.com or eBay…and it showed some guy ordering scuba gear online and having the big flipper thing slowly begin to emerge from his fax machine?
This commercial has (obviously) stuck with me for a long time, because why haven’t we made this happen yet? Doesn’t this seem like the natural progression of technology — instantaneous delivery of anything, at any time? IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?
It looks like we’re getting sorta-quasi-close to this on the whole 3D printer front. I’ve never seen one in person, but apparently they can print anything, even scuba fins! I mean, OK, it’s probably more complicated than that and requires some level of “computer” “skills,” but whatever. The future is now!
Obviously the thing we need to use these 3D printers for is printing food. I mean, right? We’ve got iphones that can order Dominoes pizza with the touch of a button, but you still have to wait for the delivery guy to show up. I think instantaneous food delivery is really where we ought to be headed.
Stephen Colbert agrees!
HOISIN-CILANTRO TURKEY SLOPPY JOES (barely adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures)
1 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1/2 a medium red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
dash cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
1 lb ground turkey
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
juice of 1 lime
4 sandwich rolls, toasted
1. Add oil to large nonstick skillet and set over medium heat. When oil shimmers, add onion and cook until softened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger, cayenne, and salt and pepper, and cook about a minute, just until fragrant. Add ground turkey to the pan and brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Once turkey is browned, stir in tomato sauce and hoisin sauce. Cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
2. Turn off heat and stir in cilantro and lime juice. Divide mixture evenly among toasted sandwich rolls and serve.
So while sloppy joes might be the one food least amenable to being 3D printed, these were sooooooo good. They were tangy and just a little bit sweet, and about 1 million times better than whatever comes in those cans of “Manwhich.”
Which, btw, sounds gross.