Garnishes are so pretty and I rarely take the time to add them to a plate.
I think that garnishes are like a gorgeous colourful Hermes silk scarf tied at the neck.
I doubt that anyone would disagree that they impart colour to perk up a basic outfit.
Spa food always looks so appetizing, and there's a reason. Spa food is incredibly lean and low on calories so to trick the eye and brain, the chef must make it look like a work of art, a worthy gift to a high paying customer.
You feel fuller after savouring a beautifully presented plate of food. Besides the added garnishes are edible, and even though they may be sliced thinly, they are artfully fanned out to make you think that you are getting more...
Trompe l'oeil !
While I've never spent more than a few hours each time I visit a spa, I have read numerous articles while dreaming what it might be like to spend a restorative week as a guest in a luxury spa somewhere exotic.
So I am trying to serve beautifully arranged dishes as I think they make a difference in how we feel about food.
If it is haphazardly cobbled together it's rather boring and why would you take time to savour the flavour if it is a mess?
Bland and basic,
a humble breakfast of banana slices on slices of Silver Hill's Little Big Bread.
Weight Watchers Friendly!
Imagine this with a few fresh red strawberries slices or a green kiwi.
Wouldn't that be lovely?
When making salads which I do with regularity, I now look for the brightest vegetables.
Mixing textures and shapes makes for a more interesting effect.
Food can be beautiful to look at as well as fueling and nourishing the body.
We eat a lot of salads and vegetables in The Humble Bungalow.
Roasted veggies with whole garlic cloves and onion quarters.
This makes a delicious side dish if you are serving meat or poultry for dinner.
Imagine this as a main course sprinkled with feta cheese and balsamic vinegar.
A pretty fruit salad,
great as dessert or served with plain yogurt for breakfast.
Can you "taste the flavours" just looking at this colourful fruit salad?
It looks so appetizing all mixed together...colour, shapes, and texture.
Humble Homemade buns...
bland to look at but imagine them with a wee drizzle of butter served with a robust soup or stew.
Friend and local caterer Jule makes food look so appetizing.
Perhaps you'll consider inviting her into your home to add some of her magic to your next event.
Primulas are blooming!
Look how they cheer us just by being here on a grayish day in the Pacific Northwest.
I bid you adieu as it's time for a tea break...
and some casual reading.
Make the most of your weekend.
Throw on a bright scarf and seize the day.
"You don't get to choose how you're going to die.
You can only decide how you're going to live.
~ Joan Baez ~