How to Take the Boredom Out of Cooking – Fun with Food Presentation

Apparently, we eat with our eyes first. I don’t know where I heard this but lately I’ve been taking these words pretty literally.

Not because I’m trying to be fancy or anything – I could never put out a plate like they do on Chopped or MasterChef! – I do it because it’s one of the reasons why I love cooking.

I’m not going to spend an hour in the kitchen making something nice just to slop it down on a plate. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am! 


To me, cooking isn’t a chore or something I feel I must  do every day. How depressing would that be? To me, cooking is an expression of love. It’s also something I really enjoy…so it’s a win-win situation in our house…for both of us because we both like cooking. True, there’s only the two of us, but I honestly don’t think it would make much difference if there were three, four, or five extra mouths to feed. I’m sure I’d still want to make it look pretty…

When I cook, the music goes on and I lose myself in cooking for the next 30 – 75 minutes.

Then the really fun part starts. The plating.

I never worried too much about the food after it was cooked. As long as it looked semi appetising, it was all good. But lately, I’ve started feeling all kinds of creative when it comes to food presentation.

On Friday I made this chicken curry and turmeric rice with sweet orange glazed butternut on the side…

food presentation

It’s no Top Chef plate, but it sure was fun putting it together. There’s just something so cool about hearing the person who you’re cooking for go, “Wow!”. 

What I love about taking that extra minute or two is that you get to see everything that you’re eating as well. Nothing is covering anything up – unless of course you want it to be.

As I said, I haven’t been doing this for that long and I’m no professional chef, but I can share a few quick and easy things I’ve done that will jazz up your plates in no time!

Food Presentation Tips For Beginners

  1. Invest in growing some fresh herbs in your kitchen. They are cheap to buy and depending on which ones you buy, quick to grow too. A snippet of fresh parsley goes a long way! You can also use fresh mint, etc.
  2. Edible flowers are a great way to add some colour to an otherwise monotonous plate.
  3. Small pieces of lemon or oranges are great as garnishes which can be squirted over the food as well.
  4. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ways of cutting up potatoes or piling rice. Make it interesting!
  5. Try and get some sort of greenery, and dashes of oranges, reds, or yellows on the plate if you can to make it inviting.

Food presentation is all about enticing someone else to eat your food.

You could even think about it as a form of art expression if you wanted to. Like you’re painting a picture on a plate with food!

You don’t have to be a food expert to do it either. Just have fun with it. 

And if you want to Instagram it or whatever – go for it. Get creative, enjoy cooking, and enjoy the end result!

Health and happiness….







8 Replies to “How to Take the Boredom Out of Cooking – Fun with Food Presentation”

  1. We take so many pictures of our food that my sons now ask us to take pictures of their plates as well- “To put on facebook, or your blog, Mom.” We all love food around here-cooking it, looking at it, smelling it, eating it. It’s all part of the experience 🙂

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      LOL! Love it…I think it’s so cool that more people are experimenting with food and not just the fancy chefs.

  2. That is freaking awesome! I love to cook, too – I wouldn’t EVER work in a restaurant – I’m no chef – but you’re right: it’s an expression of love and I love cooking for my husband and trying out new things. Not because I have to – he’d cook all the time if I let him, but I just love trying new things and experimenting. 🙂
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Haha! I could NEVER work in a restaurant either…I get stressed out just watching Top Chef, Chopped and MasterChef, good grief! 😉

  3. We always love food that looks good! Thanks for sharing, Mel!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the post, thanks Michelle!

  4. Mmm…I want to have dinner at your house! It’s funny, I don’t think too much about plating, except when I make something special. Then I – totally unconsciously – arrange the food on the plate to look amazing and scrumptious. I think of it as “food art.” 😉
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Funny how unconscious it becomes sometimes, isn’t it? Love food art! 🙂

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