Food game - flavour researcher
This game is about your favourite meal and how you can find a lot of delicious versions of it.
The best thing is, you are a flavour researcher!
Step 1 (the game starts): Like any other researcher, you and your assistant (perhaps you mum, dad, uncle, aunt, friend,...) will carry out different tests and write all the results in an experiment book. The research subject is (of course) your favourite meal. In this game you figure out if there is a better version of your favourite meal and which ingredients you need for this best version. That means, you and your assistant have to test your favourite meal with a lot of new ingredients.
For example: You love to eat pasta with tomato sauce. You periodically test (every evening, every second evening, as you like) a new version of the tomato sauce. The first research could be: you and your assistant cook the tomato sauce as usual, add chopped carrots, cook until the carrots are soft and finely puree the sauce. You put the meal on plates, eat together and during the lunch/supper you talk about the sauce. Then you (or your assistant) write down the special ingredient (in this case the carrots), the experiment date (the evening/day, when you cooked it) and the taste (good/bad/okay) in the experiment book. (Trixilie and I have already created a free experiment book for this flavour researcher game. You can get it here: XXX).
Little by little you test different variations of the sauce and write the results of the flavour (change) in the experiment book.
Step 2 (repeat the tests): As in any other experiment you should repeat the tests two or three times, so you will get a reliable basis for your flavour results. Because it could be that you had a bad day and that´s why a meal variation didn´t taste nice. So give the ingredients a second chance – perhaps that time it tastes much better :)
Step 3 (evaluation of the experiment): After you have done this experiment for a few weeks, you and your assistant evaluate the results of it. Have a look in the experiment book: which special ingredient was tasty? Mark all the tasty ingredients with your favourite colour in the table of contents.
Step 4 (discover new favourite meals): Choose one marked fruit or vegetable from the table of contents and start a new test programme around this veggie (you are more than welcome to create a new experiment book or a new chapter of the "old" experiment book). Look for new recipes, which have this fruit/vegetable as an ingredient. For example, you likes carrots, so you could prepare carrot nut muffins, carrot soup, carrot salad, carrot halva, carrot smoothie, carrot potato mash, carrot pasta, carrot pizza, etc. Your assistant writes in your experiment book if it tastes good or not. You could repeat this step with all "newly discovered" fruit and vegetables.
A few questions:
How can I create a experiment book? You can download the free experiment book here
Print, punch and file it in a folder. So the research leader (you) is able to add new pages or a new chapter for another favourite food. Or you use empty pages and create your own experiment book.
I have no idea which ingredients I could add to my favourite meal. What should I do? You could look through our free recipes XXX or other recipe pages to get inspirations. Choose any ingredient and try it out with your assitant - that´s what the game is about :)
Here are a few variation proposals:
pasta with tomato sauce: carrots (cooked carrots taste sweet, so they could be a good start), zucchini, pepper, aubergine, beans, corn, mushrooms, pears, strawberries, raspberries (here is a recipe for a tomato raspberry soup which you could use as a pasta sauce) or juices, like apple juice or orange juice (Trixilie loves this orange cinnamon tomato sauce),...
pizza: put chopped fruit and vegetables on the pizza, like asparagus, carrots, apples, pears (as in this recipe), zucchini, pepper, peas, beans, corn, mushrooms, tomatoes, cherries (here is a recipe for a cherry pizza), plums (here is an example), red cabbage, spinach,...
chips: you could use any firm fruit or vegetable. Cut it into chips, put them into a bowl, add a bit oil, salt and paprika powder, mix all ingredients, put the chips on a baking tray and bake the chips at 180°C for 15-20 minutes. You can also add an extra portion of a colourful ketchup: Green Bean Cucumber Ketchup, Hot Peach Ketchup (you don´t have to add the cayenne), Raspberry Pepper Ketchup, Cherry Plum Ketchup,
Muffins: Brussels Sprout Muffins, Red Cabbage Muffins with Basil Pesto, Beetroot Muffins, Apple Cherry Muffins, Double Apple Muffins, Donauwelle Cupcakes (a famous German cakes as cupcakes)
Trixilie and I hope you and your little darling have fun with this game. Let us know how you play it. Write a comment below or mail us some photos of your artwork :) beatrice @ beatricewinkel.com
Hugs and Kisses
Trixilie & Bea