Author: bloggerholicpk

What Matters in the End Is What’s On the Plate: Why Presentation Matters?

The presentation of the food is an essential part of the overall dish. It is what initially attracts you followed by the aroma, the taste and the flavour.

Look at it this way. When you mow the lawn, it looks clean and nice but when you mow the lawn and put in some garden gnomes, a small pond in the corner and a few flowers surrounding the garden, it looks breath taking.  That makes you want to spend more time for the garden. Similarly, when you serve a dish, you need to ensure that what you are serving looks as good as it tastes. You can’t simply put the food on the plate and serve it.

Every chef, every cook needs to put their head into thinking about what kind of presentation for the food would be best. Every food type would have a different presentation style. Every occasion would need a unique presentation style. At a birthday party for a 10-year-old would need to have food that looks like fun so that the children want to have the food.  At a formal business meeting, you need to have food that is easy to eat and sophisticated so that the food does not mess-up the formal attire.

Thinking about how to present your dish can take time, but actually taking time while presenting the dish might not be the best way to go. You need to be careful that the food that is supposed to be served hot should stay hot at the time it is served. The food that is supposed to be presented in the solid state does not melt down while working on the presentation.

Presenting food well include the appropriate plate size. Today, plates are available in many sizes, colours, shapes and patterns. Please remember that choose your plates carefully, as the plate is a frame of the presentation. A plate that is too small for the food will look cluttered and might also cause hindrance while eating. Similarly, a big enough plate would make the food look scarce. The ratio needs to be proportionate so that the final presentation looks just right.

Also you need to keep experimenting and keep thinking of new ways to present your food. A presentation that looks good the first time might not look as good the second and the third time.

Are there any good presentation tips that you want to share with me? Share!

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5 Foods that Boost Your Metabolism and Help you Reduce Weight

A healthy rate of metabolism is essential to make sure your body stays in proper shape. In layman terms, this process helps to breakdown food substances in the body (it is also responsible for building proteins and other essential substances but we will focus on the breaking down element only). If you are thinking of reducing weight or are currently engaged in this difficult activity, you should incorporate the following foods to improve your metabolism rate and facilitate your diet.

 

Turmeric

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Turmeric or ‘Haldi’ (called in Urdu) is found in majority of Pakistani and Indian cuisines therefore it would not be hard to slightly increase the quantity of this magnificent spice so that it helps you in your weight reduction mission. Turmeric is full of antioxidants, which not only improves your metabolism but also keeps your skin healthy.

Chili Peppers

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You might have heard eating spicy food is not good for health, think again! Capsaicin in chilies makes the food spicy and increases the amount of sweat an individual produces. This increase in sweat production is due to the increase metabolic activity of the body. Chili peppers have other benefits as well; they are a rich source of vitamin C and carotenoids, which plays an integral role in cancer prevention.

Ginger

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It is recommended to eat it in raw form rather than using it as an ingredient in the cooking process, which generally happens in majority of Pakistani households. Like Chili Peppers, Ginger increases your metabolic activity thanks to the large quantities of capsaicin present.

    

Caffeine/Coffee

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The richest source of caffeine is undoubtedly coffee and tea. Due to other benefits of the former, I would recommend to incorporate coffee in your daily routine rather than opting for tea. Pakistan is a nation of tea drinkers, since drinking coffee is still considered to many a western concept. Benefits of coffee are broader in scope than just improving your metabolism; it contains elements which can fight cancer and at the same time help in improving concentration level. According to research, one cup of coffee per day is not sufficient to see the health related benefits of coffee; it is advised to drink 2 cups a day.

Cinnamon

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Out of all the foods I have mentioned, I think incorporating cinnamon in your daily diet would be the most difficult. Many people find the taste of raw cinnamon unpleasant and majority just view it as a doughnut topping (as it is found in products made by Dunkin Donuts and Cinnabon). It not only increases metabolic activity but also aids in digestion.

All the foods I have recommended should be consumed in adequate quantity; not too little and not too much. Excess use of any type of food may result in dire health consequences such as increased consumption of coffee can result in sleeplessness and nervousness. Most importantly, try to eat these foods in their raw form as cooking them significant reduces their health benefits.

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How Spicy is Too Spicy?

What do women and spices have in common, well, A LOT but since we got to keep it PG rated let’s just say ‘Can’t live with them, can’t live without them’. Who better to write about it than an average Pakistani whose life is filled with over spicy food and over dramatic women.

But how spicy is too spicy? I am proudly one of the people should ‘masala zara tez rakha boss’ after ordering food because there is no point of eating food at all unless it lets you sweat like a, well, like a masala addict Pakistani of the most uncomfortable areas.

The spicy being too spicy meter runs different criteria in separate areas. Spices are like drugs they don’t even feel good after some time, they don’t taste good, but we are just used to it.

A research study in 1980 calculated that three pounds of extreme chilies in powder form — of something like the Bhut Jolokia — eaten all at once could kill a 150-pound person.

A dramatic turn of events in a light hearted read? Well that’s how it is, these harmless looking chillis and spices turn out to be quite the little devils actually, stats and facts are calling out for them to be eradicated from food completely.

Using it for aroma is all one is supposed to do with chillis, loading with your food with spices is harmful and it’s like killing yourself not so softly every day.

Chili peppers cause the eater’s insides to rev up, which can come with some problems. They activate sympathetic nervous system — which helps control most of the body’s internal organs — to expend more energy, so the body burns more calories when the same food is eaten with chili peppers. “Eating chili is associated with increases in metabolic rate and thermogenesis,” says John Prescott, a professor at Sussex University and editor of the journal Food Quality and Preference. “Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili, does cause tissue inflammation so the mucous of the stomach or intestines might be damaged by a sufficiently large dose.”

Tissue inflammation could explain why the contestants in the Killer Curry contest said they felt like chainsaws were ripping through their insides. Too much of the spicy stuff can also give you a good case of heartburn.

At the end of the day, I wouldn’t want to sound like a hypocrite and tell you not make your biryani too spicy but I would just say that moderation is good, healthy is good.