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  • Mix one teaspoon of the first ingredient with one of the second ingredient in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, repeat the operation, adding one more teaspoon of the second ingredient. Repeat again until you run out of bowls.
  • Pour the mixtures in separate plates and arrange by order of weight.
  • Fill again two bowls in the same manner (with any quantity of the second ingredient). Pour one bowl upside-down over the other and bake until only the excess part remains.
  • Repeat the last operation for all ingredient proportions, discarding the result when you previously obtained the same weight.
  • Pour once more the mixtures in plates, arranged by order of weight.

Serve warm

What is this recipe for?
What are the two ingredients involved?

Hints:

Pouring one bowl into the other is not a division


The number of bowls is countably infinite

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  • $\begingroup$ To be clear, you want plates containing ingredient A and ingredient B in this fashion (for n plates): 1A + 1B, 1A + 2B, 1A + 3B, ... , 1A + nB, each topped with an arbitrary amount of B mixed with B baked until only a constituent of B remains (edit: such that if we call baked B ingredient C, by weight C = 1A + nB for whichever n)? $\endgroup$ – Epicedion May 25 '16 at 23:19
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    $\begingroup$ Clearly it's a recipe for disaster $\endgroup$ – Decypher May 26 '16 at 11:40
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    $\begingroup$ It reminds me of CHEF $\endgroup$ – Neon612 May 26 '16 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ This is totally the CHEF programming language. $\endgroup$ – Klyzx May 26 '16 at 16:43
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    $\begingroup$ @Trenin, this is a dead end :( $\endgroup$ – fffred May 27 '16 at 15:00
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I think the recipe is for

the universe

and the ingredients are

antimatter and matter

Mix one teaspoon of the first ingredient with one of the second ingredient in a bowl.

near-equal amounts of AM and M were created during the big bang -- mixing M & AM leads them to annihilate each other into pure energy

In another bowl, repeat the operation, adding one more teaspoon of the second ingredient. Repeat again until you run out of bowls.

At the end of the process, we have matter (and very little AM) left over

Pour the mixtures in separate plates and arrange by order of weight.

The universe is made of (mostly? always? spinning) galaxies, in which the heavy parts (e.g. black holes) tend towards the middle

Fill again two bowls, with any quantity of the second ingredient. Pour one bowl upside-down over the other and bake until only the excess part remains.

This language confuses me a little, but this sounds like star-formation (from matter). OR (based on the next step) it is baking the planets.

Repeat the last operation for all ingredient proportions, discarding the result when you previously obtained the same weight. Pour once more the mixtures in plates, arranged by order of weight.

planetary systems (like our little one orbiting Sol)?

Serve warm

Our universe is a awash with the background "heat" from the big bang!

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  • $\begingroup$ Ha ha I didn't think about this! But a real nice coincidence! $\endgroup$ – fffred May 27 '16 at 6:58
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Partial:

  • Fill again two bowls, with any quantity of the second ingredient. Pour one bowl upside-down over the other and bake until only the excess part remains.

Sounds like getting any two numbers and write them as fraction (one bowl over the other), then simplifying it (bake until only the excess part remains)

  • Repeat the last operation for all ingredient proportions, discarding the result when you previously obtained the same weight.

Discard fractions already present.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm pretty sure this is the harmonic series-- 1,1/2,1/3,1/4,1/5,... $\endgroup$ – ev3commander May 26 '16 at 19:54
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So, if this is just a series:

Divesting the riddle of the cooking wordage you end up with (B/B)/(A + kB), or 1/(A + kB) for k = 1 .. n. It's convergent, but to what I don't know (since I have no way of determining A and B from the information given).

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