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« on: May 05, 2015, 05:54 am »

We all know that Socrates, the Athenian philosopher was forced to commit suicide by drinking hemlock in roughly 400BC due to being an outspoken critic of Athenian democracy.

However, imagine if instead of sentencing him to death, the judge gave him the option to live out the rest of his life only eating rice and beans for every meal for the rest of his life. No grapes, no figs, no goat's milk. Only rice and beans. However, the judge offers him one caveat: He is allowed to make his own sauces for his rice and beans, and he can use whatever liquids, spices, and herbs he likes on the rice and beans. This is an interesting alternate history that I came up with while cooking rice and beans.

How would Socrates spice up this really bland, dry and sticky meal for the rest of his life? What are some practical dishes he could make? Could he come up with enough options to keep it fresh night after night? Would there be any health implications from this sort of a diet for Socrates? Should he just accept the death penalty and give up? Now, Socrates is infamous for never having converted any of his thought into writing and I don't know how much Plato went into Socrates dietary habits but we probably have little source material to scan for clues so just talk about what you would do if you were in Socrates' position.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 07:30 am »

Socrates would have made a nice hemlock reduction
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2015, 11:46 am »

Sriracha sauce
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2015, 01:10 pm »

I wish you had asked this question 5 years ago when I spent a quarter studying Socrates.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2015, 12:32 pm »

What kind of bean are we working with? Does Socrates have the option of changing up his beans?
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2015, 11:42 am »

He has access to every bean in your closest Woolworths.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2015, 03:19 pm »

Kidney Bean Curry!

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12. cover tightly and pressure cook for 18 to 20 whistles on a high flame.

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