This past weekend Tanya and I created what I’ve dubbed our Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life Challenge in which we gave ourselves $50 each to buy food in secret which we would then combine to cook up a menu and meal together.
|Tanya bought:||I bought:|
|Morbier cheese||Chocolate with pink peppercorns|
|Red chilli peppers||French country farm sausage|
|Dried big ear mushrooms||Mango ginger Stilton|
|Papaya raisin chutney|
I share the ingredient list simply to show you the choices we made and what we had to work with. It was like Christmas morning as we unveiled our lot; we were both impressed by the diversity of choices and the potential for the meal. Interestingly, our first take at a menu was a very safe pass. It was easy and predictable to group the oranges, grapefruit and limes as a great light dessert to accompany a bite of chocolate and to decide that the dates could be stuffed with the Stilton etc.
Quickly though, we realized we weren’t actually integrating our two sets of ingredients at all. So in the true spirit of the challenge, we threw out the idea of ”safe and proven” and moved to true innovation. It was really hard to let go of the idea of making a great tasting meal to focus instead on creating something new. Yikes, did we really have to risk good taste and use $100 worth of groceries just to prove our creativity? Yes, we did. The result of our more wild/ less safe meal was delight and pride:
While we aren’t likely to be invited to Iron Chef anytime soon, I think we were punching above our weight this time around.
Before I get all heavy about what I learned from the challenge, let me state emphatically that the day was a blast…fun, fun, fun from start to Fimo finish. That’s right. As if we hadn’t made enough food in our five courses, we then moved to creating miniature Fimo quesadillas and PEI strawberry shortcake with Tanya’s daughter while Greg did the dishes.
And so, the learnings (according to me):
And about that espionage….while shopping earlier in the day, one of us had a huge urge to look into the other’s bag while she had stepped away for a few minutes. If you do this challenge, don’t be suprized if it happens to you too. And if it does: stop yourself, get curious about what is going on for you, and tell on yourself the minute your partner is back. Your trust in each other will grow and you’ll have a good laugh too.
Tanya and I agreed to not read each others’ posts this week to avoid group think as we reflect on the learnings of our challenge. But if you are really curious about the almost espionage, I am betting her blog will tell you whether it was Ms. Morbier or Ms. Stilton who wanted to peak!