We have a game in our house where we analyze the food we are eating and try to pick out the different flavors. I often pick apart the flavors out loud as I am cooking and the twins love to sit at the counter and give me their input as I'm cooking. (Actually, I think they just hang around to mouch bites of food as I am cooking, but they are learning a lot about cooking.) I usually won't let them see a few ingredients to see if they can pick out the flavors and this afternoon was no different.
I was taking some Italian spaghetti sauce and adding American Comfort Food meatloaf to make soup, so I added some red pepper flakes to give the tomato soup a bit of kick and some tarragon to fill out the flavor profile for which I was looking. I didn't let them see either item or tell them what is was. At dinner Jess asked me what the secret to "Pappas Famous Tomato Soup" and they both had several guesses. They both picked up on the red pepper flakes but couldn't figure out the Tarragon. After giving them a few minutes to discuss it, I asked if they both liked the soup.
They both gave me two thumbs up and that puts "Pappas Famous Tomato Soup" on our "Make Again List". After a bit of him-hawing about the last ingredient, I leaned in a bit and in my best conspiratorial tone asked if they wanted to know the secret ingredient and they both said the did, so in hushed tones I said, "I spit in it three times"
Now the twins know that I won't lie to them if they ask me a straight question, but they also know I love to play practical jokes, so they had no idea if it was true or not. They both stopped mid bite and scanned my poker face for further details and after a second, Jess looks down at her spoon and says, "I'm not very hungry anymore."
Even after having been told the truth, I have a feeling that from now on when Jess tastes tarragon, she'll always remember the Secret of "Pappas Famous Tomato Soup" . . .