Do You Eat With Your Eyes?
Jul. 17, 2009 5:25 pm
Updated: Jul. 23, 2009 6:35 pm
Presentation is important to me and I think to a lot of people in our society today. I like to see things presented well. I like to see people who present themselves in a way that shows they care about themselves and therefore, others. I like to pass homes and neighborhoods that look well cared for, it shows someone who lives there cares. If we didn't care how we presented ourselves to others, we wouldn't bother with hygiene and grooming. My husband cannot stand to let our cars get dirty. Why? I think her wants to project to others that he cares about their presentation, ie,himself. (Not that we don't sometimes have dirty cars, he just doesn't like them that way.)
I am a very visual type of person. Color, form, shape interest me. When I cook and prepare something for people to eat, I like to present in an appetizing manner. I will spend more time thinking about how it is going to look when finished than about what I am cooking sometimes. I think about the colors of the foods. . . hmmm, no can't have that yellow corn with that mac & cheese, too much yellow or broccoli would be good tonight but I already have green beans, too much green. See what I mean. I have two sets of dishes for everyday; one is white because most things look good on that except white recipes, like fettuccine, for those I have a set of dark green. Oh, and I have Spode Christmas dished that I have to use from Thanksgiving to New Years that I can mix and match with both the others. . . .I think I must have a touch of OCD. If I could afford it and had room, I'd have more, I see so many I like. And serving dishes, way too many.
However, I do think that we eat with our eyes first. If it doesn't look good, we may not try it. I know that on more than one occasion I've told people, "It doesn't look very good, but it taste good", try it. Or seen the face on one of my grandchildren when I gave the something they've never had.
Why? Because we know that they are judging the dish first. I've been to many a pot luck or dinner on the grounds that some dishes went fast and others were not touched, unless the food was running out. I don't know when or how I got this way. I know for sure that my grandmother and mother did not worry about "presentation." Well, maybe just a little if the biscuits burned or something like that.
Last year my huband and I went to Alaska on a Royal Carribean Cruise. I brought back almost as many pictures of the food (maybe more) on the ship as I did pictures of the glaciers! The presentation was unbelieveable. The last night we were given a look at the things the staff can do with food. (I'm looking for them and I'll post some when their located.) Awesome!! I'd love to learn some of their tricks. Of course, most of it would not be used in everyday cooking, however, for special occasions you would "wow" people.
I have bought myself some books on garnishes and food styling. I've also bought some of those gadgets that you use to curl carrots or carve watermelons into vases, and so on, but I've not yet found a good reason to use them. Now, I do. I have my daughters baby shower coming up in August. I want to do most of the food myself. And, of course, I want to "wow" the ladies. It has to not only taste great but look great, too. Oh, for this I also have a set of bunny dishes in pastel that I am using on the buffet. Since I don't have much time to practice, tell me what are some of the favorites that you use when you are garnishing. I have a few TNT but I'm sure that you have some you could share with us. I have looked on AR, however, there is very little on Food Presentation or Food Styling.