Sure you could take a cooking class, watch a cooking show, or even just practice. But why not improve the taste of the food you already eat – no cooking required. Here are some tips to get the most out of any meal.
1) Put your food on a plate.
You may go through the salad bar (or drive-thru) and eat directly out of the container when you get home (like I do) or even out of the bag in your car. I urge you to go the extra step of putting it on a plate. This simple act slows down the process of eating, allowing you to better enjoy the flavor of what you are consuming.
2) Make an effort towards presentation.
Food that looks good actually tastes better. A garnish of fresh herbs, for instance, can go a long way in making a plate of food look appetizing.
3) Sit down to eat.
Once you have your food on a plate it seems silly to stand and eat it (unless of course, you work in a restaurant.) Sitting down requires you to be more of a participant in your meal. You may even notice that a dish needs more seasoning and thus enjoy it more.
4) Consider your beverage.
Even if you are eating a frozen dinner (and I hope not), it will taste better with a beverage that elevates the experience. Maybe a glass of wine, a martini, a pot of tea, or even a smoothie.
5) Set the mood.
A little ambiance can contribute heavily towards an enjoyable dining experience. Dim the lights – both you and your food will look better! Light some candles and play some music that you love.
Above all smile – happiness improves everything…
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Great tips Molly!
I noticed standing at the pantry door and eating straight out of the box didn’t make the cut:-) I’ll have to re-think my lunch plans!
So I guess I shouldn’t have been eating while trying to read this blog! Before anyone comments on my comment; I am related to Molly, and she will understand me! I hope!! Finally got around to reading your blog, Moll, it’s great! Your mom is not the only one who can write!
I caught myself today eating a Demspey’s hamburger out of the to-go container, standing up in our kitchen – I had to laugh out loud at myself!
Reminder: Dinner 1927 Friday night. Boxers. 5-8pm. Ask Robert.
All good stuff. Its good to know that someone else loves the process just as much as the taste. Cheers!