January 28, 2012

Plating Up (Presentation of Food on the Plate)


I remember the first time we had dinner together with my co-wife. She was cooking the meal and I went in to see if I could help. She asked me to add the carrots to the main dish (a Moroccan dish). I proceeded to take the strips of carrots and just add them to the SIDE of the plate.  Uh-oh. Wrong thing to do. She "schooled" me on how to place them upon the couscous. At the time I was thinking to myself, does it really matter?? But once she put them on the plate, it did look much more appealing. But, well, I was still stuck in my ways and didn't give it much thought.

After a season of watching Masterchef Australia , things have never been the same when it comes to meal  prep .(ok despite their controversy on this, it still inspired us). The kids, who help out tremendously with the cooking, alhamdulillah, are always "plating up."  Last week we had a simple macaroni and cheese and sweet carrots meal and the previous week I had served it, mac and cheese here, carrots on the side, but when the girls made it, it was quite a different eating experience (seriously).  So I really see how taking the time to think about and arrange the food can make a big difference, not just for fine dining, but for turning those tired, cheap meals (smile) into something.....special.

Anyway, the kids seem to be doing fine, but I thought I'd research to get some tips for "plating up."





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