Colourful and Delicious Food Hacks
Outside braais, poolside beverages, or even delicious tapas or finger foods are excellent ways to show off your culinary abilities to your friends and family.
As we eat with our eyes first, it’s always a good idea to make sure your refreshments and dishes look especially appetising. In fact, we know how stressful it can be to make everything look perfect. That’s why, we devised a list of bright and delicious ideas to serve at your next gathering.
The easiest way to have your platters and spreads look as appealing as possible is to use naturally colourful ingredients. For your starters a freshly baked bread and pate might seem a bit dull. However, coupled with a brightly coloured edible flowers, such as pansies, it’s as equally beautiful as it is delicious.
However, for a main attraction why not try your hand at this Thai rice noodle salad with fish balls. The kaleidoscope of colour is a treat for the eyes in itself. The greens, nestled on the white of the vermicelli rice noodles, with pops of red cabbage makes it a truly attractive dish.
Not to mention that the strong Orient flavours are enough to have your guests asking for more. Best of all, you can deconstruct this recipe and just serve the fish balls with a tasty dipping sauce too.
Bright Sweet Treats
No meal is complete without ending it off with a dessert. And what better way to bring more colour and fun to your table than the trendy macaroon.
These biscuits are not only delicious, but they’re probably also one of the most vibrant and versatile. Baking macaroons is a combination of egg whites, sugar and ground almonds as a base. And, once you have this mixture ready, it’s simply a matter of portioning it into different bowls and experimenting with colours and flavours before they bake.
Best of all, once they’ve baked, you can really go crazy with the fillings and decorating them for an even more interesting look.
You can even make them look like something else – see our recipe for ‘doughnut macaroons’ here.
A quick tip: If you’ve run out of food colouring, don’t sweat it. You can use sachets of jelly or even extract juices from natural ingredients such as beetroot or blueberries. The important thing to remember is, the brighter the better.
Spruce up your serving table with bright ingredients and ideas from Capsicum Culinary Studio. For more tips and tricks, see what our students are up to by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.