We all wish we had a chef to make fabulous, healthy and satisfying meals, but unfortunately that's just not the reality for most of us. Instead of only eating gourmet food when you go out for a special dinner, create the look and taste with a few simple tricks designed for those looking to eat five-star gourmet food at home all while on a budget.
When it comes to gourmet, it's not just about the taste but about the presentation as well. Cooking gourmet is an experience — and the presentation part is not something that's taken lightly. Even a bowl of macaroni and cheese looks 10 times better if it's sprinkled with fresh Parmesan, topped with breadcrumbs and has a sliver of fresh parsley situated in the corner. Here are some simple ways to make your food more presentable:
Herbs and spices are a great way to enhance the flavor of a meal without having to spend much at all. If a meal is seasoned well, it instantly becomes more unique, tasty and gourmet. Since seasoning food is an art form, it's something that needs to be practiced before it can be mastered. To get started, follow these tips:
When thinking gourmet, think multiple courses. Start the meal with a few quick and easy appetizers followed by a hearty salad before presenting the meal. By having multiple courses, you can cook less of each food since there will be more options to fill up on.
Wine can be a very expensive hobby, so don't buy a variety of high-end bottles expecting to learn all about vino. Instead, invest in a basic wine guide for around $5. This will show you what wines go best with certain dishes, and you can buy a bottle based on your own personal budget. Remember, it's the details, not the dollars that make you a gourmet food and wine expert.
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