Friday afternoon Su boiled up a big mess of potatoes and I shook small amounts of various herbs and spices into a bunch of small bowls. I also put out a few fresh herbs side by side with the dried ones.
|Isn't that an enticing assortment?|
The kids cut up their potatoes and spent about twenty minutes dipping potato chunks into various seasonings, tasting it, and then marking comments on a recording sheet.
Their written comments ranged from initial reactions, to poetic language, to thoughts about how the seasoning would best be used. One student wrote "Needs to be in something" for about half the items on the list, showing a realization that these flavors are not meant to be tasted solo. Parsley was the surprise winner, if we were having a contest, and thyme got the least positive reviews. I've plucked some of my favorite comments to share with you:
tastes like candy
not a fan
heaven in my mouth
use it to brighten my day
way too fresh
not as good as fresh cilantro, but good
no thank you
good for beans and chili
too much of a taste
it's a little bland (good for salad)
kinda tastes like dish soap
put it in my soup
best thing on earth
I think we should try it on sushi
Do people use paprika for color or flavor?
tastes like fresh air
kind of refreshing/energizing
tastes like sweet grass
Later this year as we study world geography, we'll return to spices and herbs and use them, as well as grains, as a way to explore regions of the world. In the meantime, I hope Friday's experience will get kids digging around in the spice racks at home, improving the flavors of the food they and their parents are preparing.