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Eat in The Dark!

Part one of the Sensory Experience Series

Did you ever play blindfold taste-test when you were a kid?

If you did and you had an older sibling or cousins, you were probably fed a dollop of horseradish or a spoon of tobasco at some point. Maybe even a little marshmallow/mustard combo. It was a cheap, accessible way to entertain and waste a Saturday afternoon as a child. But this game shouldn’t just be for the kids- this is a game for the big kids now. This is a game for anyone who wants to

In the next few weeks, I’m going to expound a more comprehensive perspective of the way we eat food- correction- the sensory ways we should be experiencing food.

 

Part 1- TASTE

 

Our sense of taste is the most obvious of these senses, but do we take full advantage of it? Do we really stop and taste our food the way we should when we’re enjoying a sweet, juicy, slice of watermelon or a tart, crumbly, melty morsel of goat cheese? I try to do this when I slow down enough to think about it but it’s admittedly not as often as I’d like. Slowing down to eat more mindfully takes some practice. Here’s a fun start!

What you Need

 

All you need is a sanitized working space (counter), the existing contents of your fridge and cupboard, some utensils and maybe a cutting board, two blindfolds (scarves work), and a friend who trusts you and is up for a little adventure!

What you Do

 

Take turns being the one blindfolded (taster) - the other is the chef. Switch on and off so both have the chance to choose equally from the endless possibilities of taste.

One person (taster) will sit blindfolded, with their hands in their lap. The chef will then choose a small morsel/spoon of food or drink, and feed it to the taster. No hints! And be nice, trust is important here.

 

The taster should take at least 30 seconds to sit, in the dark, tasting the food, and say anything that comes to their mind as an adjective to describe what’s being tasted. And the 30 second rule is important! Some things savory need time to unfold and develop- let them! The chef should take note of the descriptions being given.

 

At the 30 second mark, the taster can guess the food. You might know it instantly but pay attention to how the evolution of flavors can sway you. It’s very intriguing.

 

Switch roles and repeat so that each person gets to play each role at least 5 times.

 

*And make sure that all food allergies are disclosed beforehand, and to communicate to the taster if there is anything that may be a choking hazard before it is fed! (cube of cheese, almond, etc) This is imperative.

Alternatives

Combinations

 

If you find this interesting and you’d like to take it to the next level, try small food combinations! For example, I love to enjoy a cube of parmesan and a grape in the same bite. The sweet, juicy crunch of the grape with the nutty, salty, dryness of the parmesan…tastes just a like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to me.

 

Things like ice cream with hot cocoa powder on top, or a chocolate chip and a few shreds of coconut…the possibilities are endless!

 

Adult Beverages

 

If both he chef and the taster are of legal drinking age, try this with small tastes of wines, gins or liqueurs like limoncello.

 

The Conclusion

 

What did you learn?

 

What new sensory experiences did you have with your food that you where never tuned into before? The idea is to really think about these things and approach meals with this awareness. Naturally, when we fill up our senses, we consume less. Over time, mindful eating can become a very enjoyable, natural way to form healthy eating habits. Stay tuned for the next sensory series piece!

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