Cooking is definitely an art. It is like painting or dancing, the flavours just take you along and create a wonderful piece for people to relish and enjoy. Anyone can turn out to be an artist with some experience and hard work. Making meals at home, for your family or friends can be the best way to polish and carve out your skills. There you can experiment and try out many recipes you wish to bring to life. Even then cooking at home can be a laid-back practice for us. We will tend to be less artistry or avoid any extra effort to make the meal feel like a culinary masterpiece.
Here are some tips to help you with this task:
ORGANIZING THE MENU
Giving a strong thought about the meals to be prepared and planning all the dishes way ahead is the primary step to making a gourmet-style meal at home itself. Organizing the menu before time gives us a clear idea as to what amount of food to be prepared for the entire family. Now, we have a lot of options to make a catchy menu with really interesting recipes. This also permits us to be sure that problems like lactose intolerance and hate for certain ingredients among the members are taken care of.
MAKING A LIST
Further to organizing the menu, it is always better to make a list of all the required ingredients so that you don’t miss out on anything at the moment of preparation. You also get a chance to do a grocery haul from different places and get hold of good quality items as per your need. It is always best to choose fresh products than canned or frozen items. You should also make it a point to get enough quantity of every ingredient such that you will not need to panic by any chance.
KEEPING EVERYTHING WITHIN THE WALLET LIMIT
It is also necessary to keep everything within your budget limit which will be possible by a close observation of the market price of all regular ingredients. It is also good if we try out different brands of the same product. Thus we get a summarised idea of how and where the best quality is available at a worthy cost.
With the above steps, we can be ready for preparing a meal which will be heartful and wholesome but making it fully gourmet style is where the artist cook in you needs to rise and create magic. Cutting everything the same size, letting the smokiness in your dish be highlighted and making the veggies or meat brown well in the process of browning are few methods to increase the gourmet appeal in your dishes. Furthermore, reducing the plating quantity of each item and setting them in a very heartwarming arrangement is what takes up the rest of the journey to perfect a real restaurant style meal at your home, for your loving friends and family.
If you’re looking to cook gourmet style meals to post online rather than to throw dinner parties, you might want to consider investing into the products that professional food photographers buy like photo light boxes and fancy slate tiles. No matter how good your food tastes, you won’t get the same appearance if you aren’t using the right photo angles and equipment. Consider watching some tutorials online about how to go about starting food photography, and how to plate up dishes in the best way to make them look good.