Cooking is more than just making food to be eaten or feeding yourself, family and friends~ Cooking is an ability to enjoy creating something tasty, healthy, beautiful, health-beneficial, or marvelous! Create healthier dishes with fresh herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables,or fresh herbs and olives to decorate!
~There are so many unique things that distinguish a persons’ cooking style that to say that one way of cooking is better than another is misinformation. Albeit there are a lot of greatly experienced cooks and chefs, remember, your family has an affinity for some of their favorite dishes and a blue ribbon dish is probably not one of them. ** Cooking styles come and go and change and flow according to ingredients, availability of fresh vegetables, fruits, spices and grains, though some things never change and that is the comfort foods that are what you and me grew up eating in our family dinner plates. Family is a relative term~ ha, ha, in both senses of the word. A good family meal is enjoyed with people that congregate together in comfort at the dinner table to enjoy each others company; coupled by great tasting and smelling food and drink where they partake as a group activity.~
I enjoy cooking, especially when cooking for my husband and close friends that become family while we are enjoying delicious southern, Mediterranean or unique blends of cooking styles that are blended and borrowed from other cultures. I enjoy borrowing tastes, ingredients and ideas from many cultures and cooking styles,
Let me remind you of some very delicious, natural things, when added can make soups, salads or stews have a tangy, spicy or colorful taste to appease and please the people you feed at your dinner table.
Whenever possible, I like to add fresh, sliced or grated ginger, lemon peel, and tumeric, for color, or chopped celery leaves to most any dish, hot or cold any temperature can receive a nice color, flavor or boost of vitamins to your dish.
If you wish to add color to white rice, add slices of peeled and grated fresh tumeric and review the healthy benefits of adding tumeric to your meals. If you enjoy onions and peppers, add them, whether cooked or raw, they add a lot of vitamin C and other healthy antioxidants to your daily food intake. Onions and garlic can not only help your eyesight or arthritis, pain or inflammation, they offer more healthy benefits~ Make tasty food do double duty as medicine, especially when added as a little everyday, now that’s a good healthy regime!
How about healthy, edible garnishes? I like to cut and decorate fresh radishes and serve as rosette garnishes on my dinner plate as decoration, color, and of course, radishes have great health effects as well. *Apples, fresh cranberries, grapes, peeled pomegranate seeds, sliced oranges, fresh dates, shelled almonds, shelled pistachios and walnuts all make great holiday decorations on your dinner tables. * Guest will want to eat before, during or after your holiday meal is served, or during the meal for additional tasty options and food flavors to savor throughout the course of your holiday festivities.
*Instead of a cheesy spread served with hot bread, try chopping raw vegetables to have a lot of colors on your linen tablecloth this Thanksgiving. Place cut strips of sliced carrots, celery sticks and small bowels of different types and colors of olives instead of flowers to decorate your holiday table this year. * Olives come in many different colors, it’s really fun to decorate tables with edible items. How about adding pieces of lemon grass,rosemary,cilantro springs, parsley sprigs and mint leaves to your dinner table? ** Place them in small ramiken dishes, or tiny crystal cups, they decorate your table, add aroma, and of course, these items can be utilized by your guests for added flavoring to the dishes that serve as condiments as well. Your dinner guests can sprinkle mint leaves on their turkey, parsley springs to their stuffing, cilantro flowers to their salads and even fresh rosemary to their mashed potatoes. ** If you enjoy capping off your meal with a good-quality Chinese Green Tea, then adding the lemon grass or fresh mint leaves to your tea is a delicious way to end your healthy decorated and displayed array of raw herbs and vegetables, your guests will surely find your holiday dinner table unique and decorated with a lot of fragrant herbs is a great, fantastic and marvelous way to end the last meal of the day!**I hope you enjoy your healthy holiday dinner tips and that you will try one or more ideas with your family and friends!