“What’s for dinner?!” This age old question may have you staring in your refrigerator or continuously opening and closing your cupboards without providing any answers! If you are at all like me, indecisiveness may be one of your biggest weaknesses and not to mention a HUGE time waster. So when I was asked to review Leafcutter Designs Recipe Dice, I was instantly intrigued and mostly relieved that I was going to have direction and help planning my meals.
Recipe Dice…. what are those!?! Well, if I’m being completely honest, that’s what I was wondering, but once I learned a little more about the product, excitement replaced my confusion. The recipe dice are 12 wooden die with a variety of herbs, spices, vegetables, meats and grains on each side. Designed by Leafcutter Designs to inspire spontaneity and exploration in the kitchen with the flick of your wrist.
The general idea is to roll all 12 die and create a meal (or meals) out of the visible ingredients. The instructions suggest making several meals from the 12 ingredients and re-rolling 5 if you find them undesirable. I preferred to roll the dice, try and place ingredients in a desirable meal and then either re-roll or completely cut out the dice that didn’t work for me.
Great concept, huh? Yeah, I agree! But you may find some of the suggestions impractical – especially if you are throwing the dice right before its time to eat. Odds are pretty good you won’t have all those ingredients on hand. So instead, consider rolling the dice far before you cook – like when you’re planning out your weekly menu plan!
If you are really short on time, at least stick with the basics. On my days filled with work, volunteering, and blogging, I find it best to roll the protein, grain and spice dice and use those to guide my meal cuisine for the day.
These dice are a great way to invite excitement and creativity back into your kitchen. They would also make for a pretty fun home addition of Chopped!, you know, if you and your friends are into that sort of thing.
They sell for an affordable $16 and make a wonderful gift. And speaking of gift, we’re giving one lucky reader their very own set of Recipe Dice! To enter, follow the directions below.