When the pandemic started I was looking for simple family fun. And one of the ideas I came up with is taste testings. It can be super simple. Or I guess if you want to make it all fancy, fly right at it. 😉
One of the other things that has happened as we have done these taste tests our kids have expanded their tastes. They have tried new things and done it willingly. And they have laughed together. A lot.
Basically, start by collecting as much as you can of one thing to taste. Either you are tasting to figure out which you like best or figuring out if you can tell which flavour is which. Both are totally fun. It just depends on what you wanna do.
Divide what you are taste testing into cups or bowls so that it doesn’t give away the food. You can also use a blindfolds when you can tell from the look.
Some fun ideas that you can taste test:
Fast food burgers
Fast Food Fries
Ice Cream: Try one variety of the same kind ie different vanilla’s
Chips + Salsa
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Grocery Vegetables vs Home Grown Vegetables
Varieties of Aero Bars
Cookies made with butter, margarine or shortening
Potato Skin Competition
Miss Vickies chips – or any other brand with lots of variety
One of the most requested recipes I get asked about is Pizza dough. Probably a couple times a week or more. And I have a few that I love. Pizza is one of our main foods we eat as a family. My kids all love it and so does my hubby and me. Making it a win-win around the house. Whether it’s fire cooked in our outdoor pizza oven or in our Wolf range inside all of it is a winner for dinner.
Really what could be wrong with a great crust and endless topping combinations?! While the three little kids most often go for pepperoni or cheese, our two teenagers are more adventurous and willing to try new kinds.
Some of tasty combinations are: (The toppings with a * are to be put on as soon as it comes out of the oven.)
I follow Bon Appetit on Facebook and they share lots of fantastic recipes. And I am often saving the ones they share. This one was no different. I saw it and thought YES I need to make that.
And man are they so good. I have strong feelings about chocolate. If you put average chocolate into your cookies, they will taste ok. But if you put GREAT chocolate into them, it really can elevate the flavour and taste of the cookie. It seems like you shouldn’t “waste” your nice chocolate on them but it’s totally worth it. I am also a big fan of a thin slightly under baked cookie. That’s perfection to me.
BA’s Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cook butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until it foams, then browns, 5–8 minutes. Scrape into a large bowl and let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, whisk flour, baking soda, and kosher salt in a medium bowl.
Add brown sugar and granulated sugar to browned butter. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add eggs and vanilla, increase mixer speed to medium-high, and beat until mixture lightens and begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low; add dry ingredients and beat just to combine. Mix in toffee pieces and chocolate wafers with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula. Let dough sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes to allow the flour to hydrate. Dough will look very loose at first, but will thicken as it sits.
Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 375°. Using a 1½-oz. ice cream scoop, portion out 10 balls of dough and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing about 3″ apart (you can also form dough into ping pong–sized balls with your hands). Do not flatten; cookies will spread as they bake. Sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake cookies until edges are golden brown and firm but centers are still soft, 9–11 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough and a fresh parchment-lined baking sheet to make 10 more cookies.
Celebrating Easter with some Bunny French Macarons.
While going to sleep last night I totally had this idea. And it was random but I went with it. And I have no idea if I have seen them somewhere or not. But I went with it. I made the little ears with white chocolate and red chocolate.
I made them on parchment paper and then put them in the fridge to harden. And then added the little heart nose and the little tails right on the macarons.
They are filled with a Hazelnut Chocolate Ganache in the middle, made with some really really great chocolate. Yum! They were a big hit for the kiddies.
Whenever I taste something yummy from someone else I beg until I get the recipe from them. I seem to collect them, more and more of them. Quite a few years ago my lovely Sister in law made these for me and I got the recipe from her, who got it from another friend. It’s one of my favourites and I haven’t made it for a while. Alden had to make something himself and video him making it for his young men’s tonight. (I thought it was a great idea for an activity.) His video was hilarious with Norah filming part of it. hahahah.
This is a yummy cookie dough with Chipits milk chocolate chips in it plus Caramilk bars pushed into it. Hard to go wrong with that!
Always a hit with a group of boys. Or kids. Or adults. 😉