So this really awesome person (me) had this idea that every MoFoer should do a palate challenge! What's a palate challenge, you ask? It's a blind taste test. You have to guess the food given to you by taste and taste alone. I always love watching chefs do it on reality television. It's hilarious how wrong they can be. Ladies and gentlemen, I laugh no more. A palate challenge is hard! But you too can get in on the fun. In these 5 easy steps.
Step 1-Make a list of a bunch of ingredients you have in your house. Separate them into 5 groups: fruits, veggies, herbs/spices, protein, and liquid. Don't worry about being technical. I don't care if you throw tomatoes in with your veggies. Have a partner choose at least ten of the items to prepare for the taste test.
Step 2-Wake your husband from his afternoon nap so he's all Grumpyface McGee and ask if he'll hand you the food to taste so you don't know what you are eating beforehand.
Step 3-Blindfold yourself and walk around like friggin dork with your boobs hanging out. Seriously, WTF?!
Step 4-Grab the food and try to guess what it is. Make sure to use containers and try not to be sniffing them like they're a fine wine and you're a top-o-the-line d-bag. We used mini foil cupcake liners for our test. Nut cups would work or even condiment bowls. For liquids, I advise using something solid. Also, make sure your partner marks which ones you get correct/incorrect.
Step 5-Marvel at your awesomeness for partaking in the ultimate food nerd meme. I expect everybody to get on this STAT! Sorry, I've been dealing with CPR training all week and I like to think that I'm in an extended episode of Scrubs.
I ended up trying 20 things. Out of the 20, I got 16 right! Rock. I mistook pear for nectarine and apple for pear. And, apparently, radishes taste like spicy carrots.
Honestly, this thing is fool proof if the person helping you can't tell a walnut from an olive. My husband couldn't even tell me what an almond was when he saw it (I KNOW!) so I chopped up everything I could think of and made him a freaking diagram of each group. I was sure to have way more than needed because I knew what I was chopping. It worked beautifully that way.
Here's a list of things to taste but the possibilities are truly endless: mushrooms, spinach, romaine, carrot, radish, kale, red chard,celery, nectarine, tomato, pear, dates, avocado, apple, raisins, mango, cucumber, nuts, nut butters, tempeh, seitan, tofu, beans, capers, dill relish, cilantro, parsley, chives, green onion, olives, mint, vinegars, oils, mustards, ketchup, agave, brown rice syrup, worcestershire, etc. You can play around with preparation too(dried, canned, fresh).
So to simplify this. For the vegan palate challenge, have a partner help you do a blind taste test on at least 10 items. Post your score and mock those who think olive oil is tahini! It will be greatness. Also, when you take your blindfold off everything looks like this:
Oh, and I am totally drinking an apple mojito right now but I'm so freaking tired that I'm blogging about it tomorrow. Later MoFos!