Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Finishing touches to a dish, making it look pretty.

I love to eat food that's prepared with not only an idea towards taste, but visual appeal also.

You do 'eat' with your eyes as well as your mouth.

Well I do.  

If you look at most food blogs the food is composed and looks fresh and good and if properly done, can make you drool a little, and rush to the kitchen to make that dish.

I'm not always as good at presentation as I could be, but I do try.   One of the tricks I've learned is putting a sprig or two of fresh herbs on top of a dip.  
Sun dried Tomato Bruschetta Jack Dip  with a sprig of fresh basil.
Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta Jack Dip
Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta Jack Dip
  Or some fresh chopped chives or another green on there.

Cream Cheese Grits
Cream Cheese Grits

Sometimes even a grind of fresh pepper can 'sparkle' on top of a dish of Cream Cheese Grits for instance.

Even if I'm just serving myself, I like my meal to be pretty.

After all, I'm important too.

Just for fun, I love to make and take Bologna Cakes to gatherings.   For one thing, it's so much fun watching the double takes as I bring in this little 'cake', and you can decorate it so many ways.  I'm still playing with ideas. 
 I made this for a party a few years back, and had such fun decorating it with celery leaves. 
Bologna Cake
Bologna Cake

Bologana Cake
Bologna Cake
 And then I made another one for a different party, and played around a little more with the decorations.

For Halloween I made a 'Spider Cake',
Spider Cake aka Bologna Cake
Spider Cake (aka Bologna Cake)
Raspberry Chipotle Wing
Raspberry Chipotle Wings
  My Raspberry Chipotle Wings
This was one of my tries at recreating some Sweet and Spicy wings I once enjoyed at a Chinese Buffet.   I still don't have them right, but I'm enjoying eating all my attempts.   And this particular day, I came pretty close.   And even though I was the only one eating the wings, I still wanted the plate to look good.
I was 'plating' my food so that it looked good even before I started watching Food Network.  
Just sayin...

Broiled Salmon with Mango Papaya Salsa
Broiled Salmon with Mango Papaya Salsa

I don't cook a lot of seafood, we live in an area where seafood restaurants are abundant, but every so often I'll make this dish.   Broiled Salmon with Mango Papaya Salsa.   And even if it is just for us, I like the plate to look good.

 I think it looks good enough to eat?

What do you think?
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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