February 24, 2024

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Easy tips to make home-cooked food look incredible

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Everyone is cooking more often and eating in more than ever. So why not learn how to jazz up your dishes with really easy tricks and tips to make them look great? These are simple ways to make your home cooking look better and add some wow factor to the table, with just a little extra flourish here and there.



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A lonely sprig of parsley in the center of a dish is rather sad and old-fashioned. Instead sprinkle plenty of chopped herbs over the whole dish to make it look appetizing. Keep it relevant – the herbs need to work flavor-wise with the recipe too. For example, a summery pasta with tomatoes cries out for basil or flat leaf parsley. Use finely chopped chilies in the same way.



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Good food presentation is all about making a plate pleasing to the eye, as well as on the palate. Think about color where you can. If you’re roasting or grilling a plate of vegetables, avoid green peppers which turn dull once cooked, and opt for red, orange or yellow instead. Fresh herbs are an easy way to add a pop of color to brown food.



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To achieve a gorgeous, glossy top on a pie, try the double glazing method. For the egg wash, beat an egg yolk with a little cold water and a pinch of salt. Then brush the pastry top with the glaze and leave in the fridge for 45 minutes until set. Glaze again before baking. You could also make simple pastry shapes out of the trimmings which you stick on with the glaze.



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A plate or bowl overloaded with food is neither great to look at, nor is it very appetizing. Use a dish which leaves plenty of space around the food. You can always come back for seconds!



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Wine glasses, tumblers and martini glasses can all add wow factor to presentation, whether for starters, salads or desserts. And it’s completely fine if glasses are mismatched. It helps to keep everything informal.



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Food looks much better if you serve it in odd numbers. Try plating with an odd then an even number, put them side-by-side, and you’ll see what we mean. Interestingly, the same rule applies to arranging flowers in a vase!



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A sprinkling of spice adds color, as well as flavor, to a dish: think paprika, chili powder, chili flakes and sumac. Sumac is a crushed red powder from a small berry and goes really well on Middle Eastern dishes. It tastes of lemon so would be perfect with roast chicken or grilled fish.



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Take a simple bowl of soup to the next level by adding a swirl of sour cream. Simply dot the cream on the surface, then lightly pull a skewer through each one. Toasted seeds or nuts add crunch as well as visual impact too.



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Instead of chopping vegetables straight through into chunky pieces, try slicing them on the diagonal to make your dish really classy. Use the green tops of scallions to scatter over a stir-fry. Even a simple bowl of carrots looks more impressive if you slice them this way.



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A drizzle of olive oil over almost any dish will make it look instantly better. It adds gloss and shine, and brings the food to life. Even a simple pasta bake will be transformed, as will a piece of fish or a bowl of pasta. It’s a must if you are serving a mozzarella and tomato salad, both for flavor and presentation. Remember it looks good to drizzle the oil around the plate, as well as on the food.



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Pomegranate seeds will become your best friend when you want to liven up a simple salad in seconds. Not only do they add crunch and a wonderful sweet and sour taste, their glossy, jeweled color adds instant wow factor.



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Nasturtiums are a particularly fine addition to any salad. They are peppery as well as great lookers. Easy to grow in a pot in your garden, the edible flowers are also usually available to buy in big supermarkets. The glorious color works fantastically with a beetroot and feta salad. Check flowers are actually edible before using – not all are.



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A platter of cold meats or cheese looks great and keeps dining casual. Fan out slices of meat, keeping some height. Add extra texture and color with olives, fresh figs or grapes. Serve sliced bread in a basket lined with a colorful cloth or tea towel.



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Deep-fried sage not only makes a dish look better, it’s also deceptively moreish. Try with pork, on a butternut squash risotto or scattered over soup. It only takes a few seconds to put the leaves into hot oil, fry and drain on paper towel. Celery tops also fry well and taste great to garnish a soup or a meaty pasta dish.



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Toasted nuts and seeds add texture and flavor to so many dishes, as well as giving presentation brownie points. One of our favorites has to be chopped pistachio nuts. Their bright green color gives wow factor to sweet and savory dishes. Finely or roughly chop depending on the texture you want, then sprinkle over salads, a pavlova or icing on a cake.



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Cress isn’t just for egg mayonnaise sandwiches. A few sprigs sprinkled over scrambled or fried eggs help to make your brunch more glamorous. Scatter over a salad in place of chopped herbs, or over a piece of grilled salmon.



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Balsamic glaze, a thickened, sweeter balsamic vinegar, makes a fine drizzle to brighten up any dish. The same goes for pomegranate molasses which adds a sweet and sour note, as well as visual impact. They’re usually sold in plastic bottles which makes drizzling easier. If not, transfer to a plastic squeezy bottle. Both are great to jazz up a salad and for grilled meats, especially lamb and steak.



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