Sophisticated Savories

Sophisticated Savories

Friday, May 3, 2013

Scallops... Encore!

Ok… granted, I know I just posted about scallops… but I have such an affinity for them… here is one more post.

In terms of presentation, scallops are brilliant when wanting to achieve a “modern plate of art.”


Size, shape and color.

In terms of presenting food on a plate, always remember ODD numbers.

{insert quizzical look here}

What do I mean by this? All too often individuals are able to make flavorful, delicious meals… but so much of the “wow” factor is lost in translation when sloppily thrown onto a plate. It simply is not earning point in terms of the “wow factor.” When working on presentation, keep the rules of symmetry. For example, pretend that a circular plate resembles a clock. Three scallops placed at 12, 4 and 8 will actually look better than four scallops placed at 2,4,8 and 10. There is something more “in balance” and symmetrical about odd numbers. When plating sauces… play with straight, modern lines, dots or squiggles. A brilliant and easy sauce to use, as far as decorating a plate… is store-bought reduced balsamic vinaigrette. Could you reduce balsamic vinaigrette on your own? Absolutely! However, the pre-made balsamic vinaigrettes already come in a squeeze bottle for you. Brilliant in terms of plating.

Size. Scallops are relatively small – meaning they will not overcrowd a plate. Quite the contrast to a large hunk of sirloin. Scallops are delicate, dainty and delicious!

Shape. Since scallops are small circles, they are a natural for modern plating. They do not have to be cut or shaped… but be sure to remove the “muscle” on the side of the scallops before cooking!

Color. Translucent/white… absolutely breathtaking when achieving a caramelized, golden crust. Stunning in every aspect of the word. Pairs beautifully with colored sauces and vegetables.

The art of cuisine is simply edible art. And if you do not enjoy the direction that you are taking when beginning to plate… guess what… you can always begin again!

A white plate is your canvas and food is your medium.

“Cooking is an art and patience a virtue... Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing - love. Love for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things you can be an artist - not perhaps in the representational style of a Dutch master, but rather more like Gauguin, the naïve, or Van Gogh, the impressionist. Plates or pictures of sunshine taste of happiness and love."
Keith Floyd”

On that note…

I love y’all dearly!

Sb ♥

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