When you cook you can experiment with tastes,flavours,textures,color you can practically play around with all the ingredients in a recipe till you create a signature dish.
When cooking there are no rules,you create the rules.
But there are some guidelines to follow to ensure you create something memorable and here is what I use in my kitchen.
My number 1 rule is balance,you need to create balance ,nutritional balance of the meals you are preparing
Ensure your meals are nutritionally balanced,they cover all the food groups.And incase you have forgotten,there needs to be some carbohydrates,some proteins and lots of vegetables and a slice of fruit.
This will ensure you are giving your body what it needs.
To get an idea of how your portions should be like,refer to my post on portion control here.
course you need to provide interesting flavours with your meals,do not make them bland.
Mother nature has been generous enough to provide us with herbs,spices and a variety of other foods that mixed and matched will make all your meals memorable.
Find flavours that go well together and create memorable meals.Tease the taste buds of the people you are preparing the meal for,take them to heaven and back!
Texture of a food will determine how enjoyable the meal was……. or not.
Have you ever eaten ice cream and instead of being smooth and creamy it turned out grainy ,that was your mouth feeling the texture of that brand of ice cream which is created by ice crystals.
Or if you take porridge and it turns out lumpy,or meat that turns out chewy after cooking that all texture.
One of my favorite TV chefs Giada DeLaurentis says “you eat with your eyes first.”
Any meal should appeal to the eyes first,no one likes a plain-looking plate.
Let us imagine for a moment you had a plate in front of you that was all one color,not appetizing is it?
Create color by including more vegetables on your plate,especially the red,orange,yellow ,green varieties.All great for you in every imaginable way.
Dont you think its amazing that all the good foods (fruits and vegetables)all come in bright sunshiny colors,reason is so that you can eat more of them.
Make food so colorful the minute peole lay their eyes on it ,they want to grab their forks,spoons,knives and just dig in.
Though how a meal is plated may not be something you worry about too much,you do not want a meal that is thrown all together hapharzadly.Where the rice beans and vegetables all look like a jumbled mess.
You want to be able to pick out the components of a meal without feeling like you are going through a haystack.