There’s more to dinner than just getting the food on the stove!
It’s an inevitable and undeniable fact these days: first, we feast with our eyes. There’s science behind this concept, too. Blue plates are often known to suppress the appetite, and red drives a hearty one. A well-dished out dinner garners more attention on social media. It’s human nature to crave beautiful things, and so, many of us are delighted when presented with a beautifully-plated dish at the dining table.
And while it’s certainly expected for restaurants to serve up in style, we’re firm believers that it’s just as easy and equal parts pleasure to do the same at home. All you need is a little bit of creativity, some good tools of the trade, and a sharp paring knife.
PLAT E S A- P L E N T Y
There’s a reason it’s called ‘dishing up’. The final aesthetics of your home-cooked dinner depend quite largely upon your dish, so picking the right one to suit the meal at hand is imperative if you want to make an impression at the table. Neutrals are always great when you need your food to pop, and pastels in shades of pink and green work wonderfully with fresh, vibrant salads and healthy dishes. Serve up the main roast on a long, elegant dish, and tumble over some beans and potatoes, and there you have it. If you’ve a habit of plating individual dishes for every diner, you’ll need a set to complete a matching aesthetic at the table.
USE WHAT YO U H AV E
“If it goes in it, it goes on it.” This advice holds true for food and garnish, and has for a very long time. Who can resist a healthy handful of parsley on pasta, or the allure that a final sprinkling of spice can give to a dish? This doesn’t just extend to the basics like herbs and spices, however; garnish can come in the form of expertly-carved root vegetables. To up your plating game, it’s also important to know exactly what goes into your dish, and even sides can play a role in beautifying the final appearance of the plate.
F LOWER POWER
A recent surge in the use of fresh, edible flowers in cuisine has seen to it that food, even cooked at home, is 100% more visually arresting. Imagine the contrast of purple violets against sleek dark chocolate, or nasturtium blossoms amidst a vibrantly-hued salad. Use colours to your advantage, and set against a backdrop of white for your plate to make an unforgettable entrance!