I admit my food is not beautiful. I love to watch cooking shows and read cookbooks, and I admire the plating and beautiful dishes. Then when I make something, I pretty much just slap it on the plate. :)
When I share blog recipes with y'all, I often show the ingredients and steps of cooking but not the finished plate. Granted, sometimes it's because I forget to take the photos (like when I'm starving!). But not all the time. I have a lot of plated food photos in my camera that just aren't appealing to post.
Today, as I was looking back through my photos, I was struck by how many beautiful food photos I've taken at restaurants (although sometimes the lighting isn't great).
This is a wonderful salmon dish I had at Marlow's Tavern. It came with pea risotto underneath. But the really special part was the fennel, radish and orange on top in a wonderful dressing. Here's their description:
Grilled Atlantic Salmon. Sweet pea, mint barley risotto. Fennel, orange and radish slaw with citrus vinaigrette.
Sounds divine, doesn't it? Here is another dish I had recently at Carrabba's Italian Grill. This was the Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Arugula with a side of butternut squash ravioli.
The fresh arugula salad is tossed in Mediterranean lemon vinaigrette, then topped with parmesan.
So, taking a regular protein like breaded and sautéed chicken or grilled salmon and then topping it with something bright and citrusy is a great way to elevate the dish--as well as make it look beautiful!
This is something I want to try to do! I bought a cool kitchen device at a Pampered Chef party a few weeks ago. I bought their salad dressing shaker that comes with recipes right on the container. It's called the Measure, Mix & Pour. I'd like to try making more of my own homemade dressings, then tossing with fresh greens or crisp veggies or fruit to dress up some of my stand-by recipes.
Have any of you tried this? I'd love suggestions!