Let’s face it: some of the most scrumptious food would not win any foodie beauty contests. That doesn’t mean it can’t become pretty food — it just takes a little more work.
When you need to serve something that is inherently boring looking — or worse, you need to think twice as carefully about your choice of plate/bowl and your choice of garnish.
Deloris made a tasty hamburger casserole. Topping it with cheese helped improve its appearance, but she felt it still looked rather blah. Look what happened when we plopped it onto a colorful plate, added a couple of slices of avocado, a small sprig of oregano, and a couple of tablespoons of finely chopped colored peppers. It became a star! The colorful placemat and napkin further enhanced the overall look. Note that I used a lunch plate sized plate, then set it on top of a full size black dinner plate to “frame” it.