You may not see a plate of food sitting on a table in an art gallery like Park West Gallery, but cooking is an art. The culinary arts are so named but it takes an artistic ability to create the perfect plate. It isn’t just about cooking though, there is more to it than the mere making of a meal.
The Art That Goes Into Creating Food
Just like you blend the perfect color of paint from two or more paint colors, you also blend the perfect ingredients to create a great meal. Some dishes take extra delicate care, like making bread with yeast that needs a specific water temperature. Combining exact measurements isn’t always the key to the perfect dish though.
Many grandmothers and great grandmothers have perfected the art of not using measuring cups and measuring spoons and left children and grandchildren bewildered when they could never get the recipe right themselves. It is definitely an art.
Perfect Pairing Of Sides
Your main dish is one thing, but then you need to figure out the perfect side dishes to go with it. Meat and potatoes go great with a vegetable. Grilled meats go great grilled vegetables and a fresh salad. If you are eating fresh seafood, try rice and steamed vegetables.
Sides are very important because without a side dish your meal wouldn’t be all that filling. Of course, if you are serving restaurant size portions you may not need that much for sides. Sides are, however, a great way to make sure you get some vegetables in every meal.
It’s definitely not just about the food though, it’s also about how you present your meal when it is served. Even your horsderves can benefit from a nice production. Deserts, drizzle them with some chocolate or a serve brownies with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Invest in garnishes, if you want to embrace the artistic side of the culinary arts. A sprig of mint or parsley makes a great garnish. When serving an appetizer like bruschetta, drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette on it for a pulled together appearance.
The Art Of The Drink
As important as the rest of the art is when it comes to cooking a meal, it is just as important to pay attention to what you are serving for drinks with your meals. Red wine pairs well with red meats and red sauces, while white wine is best with white meats and white sauces. Beer is great with burgers, but with so many microbrews it pays to do a little taste testing to find the perfect pairings.
There is a great art to cooking and creating amazing meals. You just need to see the colors and the ingredients and use them correctly on the palettes that you place on the table.