Sunday, October 21, 2012

The visual side of cooking

Some say that Americans as a people are obsessed with food. We either eat too much junk or we spend too much time planning and making gourmet meals.

I do become obsessed sometimes. I don't know if I can really justify it, but it's one way to express creativity while serving a common need at the same time. 

A beautiful summer salad!
Since being pregnant and having a baby, I've had to have other family members do the cooking quite frequently (dinner time= fussy time!). I've been spoiled in a way, but I've also missed my kitchen experiments. So I look for ways to either make simple food more special, or to dress up food that's been precooked.

Here are some garnish ideas I was looking at. This is going to sound like Martha Stewart, but have you noticed how even some chopped green onion makes a bowl of soup look outstanding? I'm inspired by the photo compositions on food blogs such as this one.

Fun food garnishes:

You can also do a search for "plating" to learn how the professionals do it.

Monday, January 9, 2012

How to Make Thin-Crust Pizza

So I tried a new pizza crust recipe recently. I'm not sure what I did right or wrong, but I was able to roll it out nice and thin and it yielded a near-perfect crispy crust.

I'll have to try it a few more times just to make sure. :) The crust doesn't really draw attention to itself. It's not the main feature. But it is a great vehicle for toppings, and is ready in under an hour due to not needing a lot of rising time. Note: mine was cooked through in 10 minutes or less, instead of 25 as per the recipe. Hence the need to experiment a bit more, but it was probably due to having my oven nice and HOT.

Check it out: