When you last had a cold, or
bunged-up nose, remember how little taste everything seemed to have? When
you smell a dish cooking, you can taste it - you know what it is and know if
you will like it. What we know and describe as taste, is actually a
combination of two things: what we sense through our noses and our mouths.
Without our sense of smell, we are unable to appreciate foods or distinguish
between them easily. Different foods 9(and drinks) vary in the amount of
vapour (smell) that they give off. Wine for example has a complex smell
which is immediately detected the moment you nose nears the glass. Water of
course has no smell at all. A stale piece of bread offers very little smell
and a good snort would be needed to recover anything at all. By actively
(and consciously) smelling everything you drink and eat, you can at least
double the pleasure it gives.
Holding Your Nose!
Get someone (who will promise not to
laugh) to blindfold you and put some sort of nose-clamp
on you, whether it be fingers, a peg or swimmer's nose
clip. Choose three similarly textured but differently
flavoured foods, such as grated apple, potato and
carrot, and see if you can distinguish between a
mouthful of each.