We eat with our eyes as well as our mouths. You know how the sight of delicious-looking food can make you want to eat it right then, or the sight of horrible-looking food can literally make you feel sick? It’s nature’s way of telling us what’s good to eat and what isn’t, it’s down to survival and reproduction and is a very powerful instinct. The sight of food causes physiological and neurological changes, so making food look appetising is like sexual foreplay (sorry if this has put you off your sausages!).
Think about food on social media; if you see a plate of lovely-looking food you will linger over it for longer and might want to try it, but of you see a pic of sloppily plated-up dinner with mess around the edges and even sometimes half-eaten with a dirty spoon it will probably send you racing past never to return!
That’s why food presentation is so important. Giving it the attention it deserves shows that you are giving it love and time rather than slopping it on a plate will-nilly, or piling it high, and eating it in front of the telly – kinda thing!
Food takes an important space in our lives. Eating is a holistic experience, from shopping for ingredients, storing them well, chopping and preparing them, presenting them on a plate, laying the table, looking at the food with love then eating it with full attention to its loveliness, and finally sitting back feeling you have had a wonderful experience! That’s partly why ready meals don’t leave us feeling as fulfilled, and they never look as good on the plate as they do on the box.
So use a nice plate, set the table, arrange the food on the plate with love, leave some space around it, add some garnish like fresh herbs, sit down and appreciate your efforts.