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Antarctic Food Chain Recipe
Food from the Deep South

There is nothing authentically Antarctic about this recipe apart from its subject.

In the absence of traditional Antarctic recipes and after a little brainstorming (thanks Niall) we have come up with some ideas with an Antarctic theme that can be replicated in most places across the world with no especially unusual ingredients.

Phytoplankton - > Zooplankton - > Krill - > Squid

The idea and the recipe


Real Antarctic Krill


Squid and prawns from the supermarket


The green dyed rice represents phytoplankton


Green rice (phytoplankton), red rice (zooplankton) and prawns (krill) in place


Add the top predator in this food chain, the squid and extra rice and chilli sauce to make it more edible for the ultimate top predator - you

Krill is a crustacean that lives in the sea and is crucial for the Antarctic food web. It is a herbivore that feeds on phytoplankton (phyto - plant) and also some smaller zooplankton (zoo - animal). It is itself a member of the zooplankton as it moves at the mercy of ocean currents rather than being able to actively swim against them (the definition of plankton). It uses a "basket" made from its front legs to filter out the plankton from the water. It is very good at this.

Krill eat a lot of phytoplankton concentrating the food into much bigger pieces of food - the krill themselves, which are then eaten by almost anything and everything else that can fish in Antarctic waters.

Ingredients

White rice
Green food coloring
Red food coloring
Whole shell on prawns
Small squid

Cook the rice by the absorption method whereby you add about a half a cup of rice to three times the volume of water. Add the green food coloring at the start of cooking according to the instructions on the bottle. This way as the rice takes in water and swells, it also takes in the food coloring. Wash the starch off it when its cooked.

Cook about a third as much of this rice to which you add red coloring instead, you'll have to do them in different pans to avoid a mess.

I bought a bag of frozen ready-cooked prawns and prepared uncooked small squid. Defrost a few prawns and a couple of squid. Cook the squid by frying in a shallow pan in a little oil for a couple of minutes on each side, then remove and pat dry and remove excess oil with kitchen towels.

Assemble the food chain on a suitable background. I couldn't find anything blue to represent the sea so I made do with a tray I made from cooking foil with folded edges. You could use a blue plate or even a suitably cleaned blue tray if you have one to be the sea.

Spread the green rice around, this represents the phytoplankton, sprinkle the red rice which represents the zooplankton. Now position your prawns (playing the role of krill) and squid, (guest starring as itself). You could use fish instead of, or as well as, the squid and whatever prawns are available.

I thought it needed some sauce to go with it as it was a bit boring and went for sweet chilli because I like it. It doesn't represent anything much but means that your food chain becomes more of a meal.

Sweet chilli sauce - from a bottle or:
1 cup water
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon minced or grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chilli pepper, minced
1 teaspoon ketchup
1 teaspoon cornflour/cornstarch

Add the water, vinegar and sugar to a pan and bring to the boil, add the ginger, garlic, chilli and ketchup and simmer for 5 mins. Mix the cornflour/cornstarch with a little water and add at the end to thicken the sauce. Most things are variable according to taste, sugar, chilli, garlic and ketchup.

As you go along a food chain, you get less organisms, though they are usually larger.
Phytoplankton - > Zooplankton - > Krill - > Squid



Have you tried making this? If so, please email and let me know how it went, any pics I can publish here would be good too :o)



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