Taste Testings

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
  • Hot chocolates
  • Apples
  • Orange Juices
  • Licorice
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Flavoured Honeys
  • Peppermint Chocolates
  • Chips + Salsa
  • Peanut Butters
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Tacos
  • Grocery Vegetables vs Home Grown Vegetables
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Chocolate Caramels
  • Egg Nogs
  • Varieties of Aero Bars
  • Cheese
  • Cookies made with butter, margarine or shortening
  • Oreo Flavours
  • Potato Skin Competition
  • Donuts
  • Miss Vickies chips – or any other brand with lots of variety
  • Pasta Sauces

You can download this print here that has all these ideas as well as a rating card.

It’s a simple, easy way to build relationships and gather your children together. But it also works as a date night with a group or just you and your spouse.

Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza Crust

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.)

Red Sauce:

  • sausage + fennel +broccoli + mozzarella cheese
  • The classic: pepporoni + mozzarella
  • fresh mozzarella + tomatoes + fresh basil*
  • mozzarella + argula* + prosicutto*
  • mozzarella + oregano + mushrooms + peppers
  • ham + Rosemary + feta + onions
  • churzo + onions + peppers + mozzerella

Pesto Sauce:

  • Apple + Gorgonaolza + walnuts*
  • Chicken + Tomatoes + Mozzerella + Basil*
  • Fresh Tomatoes + Mozzarella

White Sauce:

  • Mozzarella Cheese + Shrimp + crab + sundried tomatoes + green onions* + lemon*
  • Steak + Capers + Mushrooms

BBQ Sauce:

  • Chicken + Red Onions + Mozzarella + Cilantro*

Other ideas:

  • Butter Chicken Sauce + onions + tomatoes* + chutney + chicken
  • Olive Oil (then cooked for a minute) +

And for the Pizza Dough, I’ve tried quite a few and this one from Guy Fieri is my favourite for my outdoor fire pizza oven. It comes from his cookbook Guy Fieri Food.

BA’s Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

They are so, so tasty! The Brown butter really makes the cookies have a slightly caramel flavor. And the GOOD chocolate really adds it up a notch. I used Skor bars as my toffee.

And…… You’re welcome.

Bunny French Macarons

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.

Just a little touch for a fun Easter.

Caramilk Pizza Cookie

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. 😉