Garnishing and food presentation is an art. A beautifully crafted dish is more inviting and makes the meal more memorable.
There have been so many instances when I considered taking a course on food decoration. Fanciful and exciting as it may sound, I could not find such a course. I soon realized that learning about food presentation and decoration is nothing but a quest and a never ending process. There are no rules and regulations, and the skill cannot be taught. Garnishing is personal style and does not need to be elaborate. Simplicity can suffice. The more you experiment and research, the better you get at it.
I have a long way to go and with each attempt to decorate my food, I learn something.
Garnishing only with edibles, using contrasting colors, carving (read: trying to carve) raw vegetable, and not overpowering the visibility of the main ingredient in the dish have become some regimes of my personal style. And I continue to learn and build up on my personal style.
More specifically here are some of my garnishing ideas:
1. I love to sprinkle Cilantro on any Indian dish specially vegetables because it adds color and I love the taste of fresh cilantro!
2. Add Butter or cream
3. Use overlapping onion rings
This event is about sharing and showcasing garnishing skills. You will need to cook up an Indian meal and garnish it. I will feature one post per week as a part of this series.
- The deadline for Garnishing tips and techniques for Indian food is March 15, 2009.
- You can use any post from your archive.
- The post should preferably be about the presentation or garnishing of an Indian dish but is not restricted to any cuisine.
- You must have a picture of the garnished dish on your post and it must be the picture of your recipe.
- Link back to this announcement, and feel free to use the logo above.
- Send me an email with your post at food[dot]fanatic[dot]recipes[at]gmail[dot]com. In the subject say Garnishing Event.
- Please include the following details:
- Your name
- Blog name
- Post URL
- What's special or defines your presentation or garnishing style (some rules you follow etc)
- How you garnished it
Unconventional wonders: use a stencil
Marvel with vegetables: carve carrots
Simplicity sensation: garnish with edibles