There is a Buddhist technique to teach awareness and mindfulness. It is good to do last thing at night or first thing in the morning before you open your eyes.
Lie down with your eyes closed. Listen to the sounds around you. Take notice of each sound and the things that you can hear. Birds, maybe. Your next door neighbour. Some building works. Traffic.
Then think of those sounds as only a layer of sounds. Putting those sounds in the background, listen for the next layer of sounds. These might be sounds from further away. A house or two away. The next road. Kids playing in the park. Birds further away.
Repeat. Pack these sounds into a layer and listen for sounds further out. Repeat with sounds further away. Repeat – still further away.
It is astounding what we can hear and how far we can hear, and the different perspective we get on our surroundings and neighbourhood.
And so it is with this with food, especially with gentle food. Listen for the first tastes. Explore. Go further into the dish. Listen for other tastes. Keep your awareness going deeper into the tastes and discovering the layers, the depth of the taste.
It is astounding what we can taste.