Remember the sweet protein sandwich Mister Man created for a local cooking competition? Since he was partly judged on plating, he wanted to make sure his plate was dressed up and looked pretty. His original plan was to simply pile fruit on the plate, but I suggested something a little more subtle but still simple enough that he could do it himself. He loved the idea of a strawberry garnish, and it was something he picked up on immediately.
We’ve all been to restaurants where they carve fruit and vegetables to make the plates fancier, and much of that is well beyond my skill (or really, my patience level). Making a simple but elegant strawberry garnish, however, is right up my alley for those times when I want to dress up a dish just a little bit.
I think it adds a great look to a plate, and it truly is something so simple that even a ten year old can do it. The trick is to make sure you keep the leaves on and don’t cut all the way through the strawberry. Unfortunately, Mister Man got flustered and pulled the leaves off his strawberry in the competition, but it still worked.
We eat with our eyes first, and I love how this draws you in and is still edible. So of course you know I had to create a quick video tutorial on how to do it – because I want to see this strawberry garnish on your plates next! And maybe next time I’ll work on carving my radish into a rose.
PS Yes, I’m losing my voice. That’s my sexy voice!