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5 basic tastes and volunteering with children.

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5 basic tastes and volunteering with children.

SigneGT | Jun 18, 2013 04:21 AM

Hi everyone.
This is my first chowhound topic, so i hope i'm doing it right :b

Name's Signe. 21 years old and from Denmark. I've been lurking around in your forums for a while and now i need your help.

In the first week of July i'm volunteering in a danish project called "Madskoler" or "Foodschools". It's a week-long "camp" of activities for children aged 8-13. They meet us at a local school every morning at around 8-9 and throughout the day we cook, play, teach them about kitchen hygiene, nutrition and so on and so forth.

I am responsible for one particular activity called "Sansesmagning" which basically means sense tasting. I have to find a variety of foodstuffs to fit the 5 basic flavours (sweet, salt, bitter, sour and umami). The children have to feel, taste and look at the different things and discuss flavours and impressions.

I am looking for inspiration as to what things to get for each category. I am not sure if it has to be fruit and veg only, but any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance :)

EDIT:
The food has to be healthy, easy to store and we haven't got the time to cook it first.

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