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The Art of Plating – gorgeous gastronomy

Are you a foody? Do you avidly watch Masterchef and devour food styling magazines? Then I’m about to whet your appetite for some sensational art on a plate at a whole new level…

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The Art of Plating is an online publication that bring gorgeous gastronomy out of the kitchen and into the galleries. Working with various chefs of haute cuisine, it is a visual feast for the eyes. It’s a truth that we eat first with our eyes and now this is backed up scientifically in a new study that reveals food tastes better when it’s plated artistically. It engages all our senses, not just our sense of taste. The researchers involved in the study at the University of Oxford have evidence that plating is not just for mere decoration but actually plays a crucial role in influencing a person’s expectation and enhances a diner’s experience.

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Currently on my bedside table (well, it’s on my iPad actually) and which is quickly becoming a fabulous read, is The Sorcerer’s Apprentices. It documents the 2009 season in the kitchen at Ferran Adrià’s elBulli restaurant, object of culinary pilgrimage for gastronomes around the world. (Well, it was until elBulli closed its doors in 2011!) But the attention to detail for each minute aspect of a dish as described in this book is phenomenal. Truly creative and artistic, yet delicious and surprising. It’s a great read for those who are interested in the workings behind such gastronomic creativity.


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and if you’re keen to see all this in action, watch the incredible artistic tasting menu video coming out of Peru titled Virú: Three Hours in Two Minutes by chef Gaston Acurio and his team at Astrid Y Gaston, Latin America’s #1 Best Restaurant. The video showcases the “flavors and dreams” that explore the five different themes of the Peruvian landscape: the coast, the desert, the Andes, the Amazon and the Altiplano.

Follow The Art of Plating on Instagram for mobile inspiration on the go!

seen on Trendland | images from The Art of Plating | photography by Jennifer Chong, Erick Andia, Nat K, Signe Birck and Attica Restaurant

Snap! 31 – lemon stripes

I’m feeling all citrus and stripes today…and a little nostalgic

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I’ve been baking up a storm lately, mostly getting my sons involved in making cookies and brownies for lunch box treats, but this lemon loaf cake looks like a delicious recipe to try for my hubby – he loves lemon Madeira cake! I’ve paired it for a Snap! with Garance Dore’s Miami Vice sketch which I just love.

I’ve always baked – I grew up baking and had a peculiar penchant for the most garish of bright green icing to top off my vanilla sponge cake which caused many a raised eyebrow around the tea table. Uh-hum, but that’s another story. But haven’t baked much over recent years because it always ends up being me who has too much chocolate cake for breakfast! So baking now with my boys is a perfect way to introduce them to a skill which is both fun and a part of my own childhood – baking with my mom. I’ll just be sure to keep the green food colouring at the back of the shelf…or, maybe not. Those eye-catching emerald green sponge cakes of my youth might make a come back!