Need A Palate Cleanser? Put A Tampon In Your Mouth.
It's not that I thought the headline was a joke. It makes perfect sense: a clean palate is more sensitive and prepared to perceive new and subtle flavors compared with one that's been previously stepped on by a cup of black coffee. I just couldn't get my head around the visual: a couple of cooks sitting in a kitchen with white cotton strings hanging from their mouths.
A story in The Guardian details the shenanigans of Heston Blumenthal, the chef and owner of The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire.
Blumenthal picked up the idea from from an from oral physiologist at a food research center in the Netherlands. Ice cream tasted after a tampon is placed in the mouth for a few minutes will taste richer than ice cream tasted the way it is supposed to be tasted: tampon free.
I made some gelato this weekend and was going to give it a go, but I don't have any tampons and couldn't bring myself to ask any of my dinner guests. Anyone else willing? Bueller? Bueller?
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