Take Time to Eat the Flowers

You have everything on point.  Nails did, hair did, eyebrows on fleek, shoe game on fire, iced out, whip so sick.  We get it gurl.  You appreciate the finest things in life.  You want only the best things for yourself and you are always looking to upgrade!

Well baby let me upgrade you!  Plating your everyday meals with as much careful detail as you make for your Fall look might just enhance your palate and dining experience.

Does considering the presentation of a plate make the dish more tasty?  According to this psychologist, Charles Spence, co-author ofThe Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Diningmany factors contribute to the “perfect meal.”  The color of the food, shape of the dish, lighting, music, and even your mood will influence how your food tastes. In this NPR article, Spence says“When the plating is artistic, people tend to enjoy the food more than if the same ingredients were just dumped on the plate.”

With this research in light, I suggest beautifying your dishes with flowers. Flowers are a great way to add color and an element of surprise in a dish especially if you are trying to impress dinner guests!  Flowers come in many colors that can enhance not only the visual aesthetics of a plate but also compliment a flavor as they range quite broadly in taste.  Keep in mind that not all flowers are edible so make sure you reference a list of safe flowers to eat and allergies.

Edible flowers are not always the easiest product to find in stores, (I found mine at Eataly) so in deprived edible flower supplies, you can make or grow your own.  My mother who is my culinary heroine always made beautiful flowers made of spring onions, carrots, cucumbers, and most awe-inspiring edible flower: the tomato skin rose.  They are easy and quick to make and put the finishing touches to any dish.

Even if you don’t have time to use flowers for every meal, keep in mind that eating is a multisensory endeavor so the next time you chef it up, shower your senses with some romance.  Practice by adjusting one detail:  light a candle, put on some Enya, use the nice plates and silverware you have stowed away or compose a culinary work of art!

Need a flowery inspiration? Check out my Colorful and Crunchy Watermelon Radish and Minty Orange Salad with F*ck Up Proof Shallot Vinaigrette recipe.