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!
WHERE’S THE FUN IN THAT?!
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…
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
- 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.
- Edible flowers are a great way to add some colour to an otherwise monotonous plate.
- Small pieces of lemon or oranges are great as garnishes which can be squirted over the food as well.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ways of cutting up potatoes or piling rice. Make it interesting!
- 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….