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Home Cooking and Color

January 27th, 2015 at 12:56 am

Recently there was a post by a newer SA member who is trying to do more home cooking. It included some comments made by her children about the appearance of the food. Some of you suggested that adding fruits or veggies are a great way to brighten up a dish. I decided to post these photos of our dinner tonight as a form of encouragement to her.

There are a lot of gourmet cooks on this site (Lucky Robin, ceejay, Disney Steve, and Brooklyn Girl come immediately to mind.) I am NOT like them!

I have stated many times that I am a "lazy cook." I can do a big blow out fancy meal occasionally when the mood strikes me or I feel obligated, and I do know how to handle a knife and follow a recipe, but really I don't want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen.

But we eat at home all the time. (Thank goodness DH likes to cook.) In the last month, we went out to eat exactly once.

I decided to share some photos to show how a bit of color can perk up a dish prepared by a lazy, non-gourmet home cook like me.

This is one of our favorite winter dishes, called nikujaga. It's braised meat and potatoes with other veggies (in this case onions, carrots, and edamame ... the recipe I use calls for green peas but I had an open bag of edamame in the freezer I wanted to use up).

3 photos:
1. straight out of the pot
2. picked out the carrots & edamame (to show it without color), which messed up the bowl
3. sprinkled the carrots & edamame back on top (bowl is still messed up but it shows what it would look like with even more orange & green, or if the veggies were used as a garnish on top of a bland colored dish).

Doesn't a bit of color make a difference? Not only does it improve the nutrition of the dish, I think it looks so much more appetizing.

So, there you have it. Adding a bit of color to your home cooking, even if you're far from being a master chef, really can make a difference.

Don't give up on your efforts to cook at home!

4 Responses to “Home Cooking and Color”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Looks yummy and you are correct about the color making it more appealing.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That's a good illustration. Smile

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    Great idea to illustrate! And thanks for the nice compliment -- I consider myself an enthusiastic but not gourmet cook. Wink

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    LOL, I don't know that I'd call myself gourmet, either. I don't make frou frou food. But I do make a lot of different things and I make them well. I worked as a cook in a restaurant for 8 years so I learned a lot, but fancy it was not. Neither was my mother's style of cooking, which was very meat and potatoes, and the first thing I learned. But I love it and it makes a difference. As does color.

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