Tomatoes and ripe banana. I love ripe and over-ripe bananas; they have so much more flavor. I know I’m in the minority here but they’re wonderful this way and great with cereal, in a smoothie and in banana bread.
This banana and the tomatoes look gorgeous within this ceramic bowl; they seem to bring out each other’s best colors, don’t you think?
The point is this: how you choose to serve food, its presentation, is half of how good it tastes. That sounds strange but every sense is involved in eating. There’s the sense of touch, in this case mouth feel and texture. Many people don’t like the chewiness of squid, or the slimy/slippery feel of oysters. We like our potatoe chips and raw veggies crunchy, not mushy.
And then there’s smell. That’s a big one, more important than taste itself. Some people are over the moon about the smell of truffles but for others it’s simply too overpowering.
Now sound is a bit harder to pin down, and is probably less of a factor. We all love the sound of chips crunching in our mouth and popcorn popping, and garlic sizzling in oil.
And then the visual effect. A fabulous dish of pasta is going to have more appeal served on a gorgeous plate than on a pastel paper or plastic plate.
Presentation is an art and something we all need to play with and do some experimenting. A few rules of thumb should govern food presentation.
Less is more: an overloaded plate isn’t as appealing as a moderate portion.
Colors are important. Rich red tones: fire engine red and earth tones like terra di Siena, are great serving platter colors. Let’s face it though, gorgeous handmade ceramic platters and dishes make almost anything look wonderful. Plain white is also a good choice. Think about placemats and tablecloths and napkins and how they work with your food and plates.
I love Le Creuset cookware and find that their deep orange and mustard yellow colors bring out the best in any food I’m preparing. The dark blue does just the opposite. But then again dark blue can be a fabulous color in a serving platter.
Go crazy with ideas when you’re serving food; you’ll come up with some fabulous ideas! Take a look at these; are they appealing…or not…?