I volunteered to make something for the Yr 6 leaver's party at the end of last term. It was supposed to be fruit skewers but I looked at what was seasonally available and it's really slim pickings for something that will a) go on a skewer and b) not go brown.
So decided to do a fruit platter instead. I was still limited to fruit that wouldn't brown but doesn't it look colourful!!
It's so important that we do think about presentation - especially if we have a selective eater. I know, I know, it's twice as demoralising when you've created something that not only tastes amazing but looks a million dollars too, only to have it rejected.
However, if something looks fabulous it is far more likely to be considered than something that doesn't.
Don't underestimate how important all the senses are when it comes to food. We look, we smell, we touch, we taste and even the sound it makes in our mouths is important. There are labs dedicated to getting the correct "crunch" for certain packaged foods so there is the maximum "more-ish factor"!!
I'll admit I'm really obsessive about presentation. Even when my boys were babies I would dash into the kitchen at the last minute to add a tomato or a sprig of parsley to their plate as it would improve the way it looked. I'm trying to clamp down on those obsessive genes but boy are they powerful ....
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.