Become a Master Chef in Your Own Home

Trying to find unique ways to inspire the taste buds and friends with as few dollars as possible is always a challenge. Let alone inspiring our children to eat something that does not come from a fast food joint. Presentation of the dish is of utmost importance.

I always think of how my children would not eat salads and fresh vegetables until I started to present them on a platter! Really made sense as a child could not really see what was in a large salad bowl but given the opportunity to pick food items from a platter that looked fresh and colourful created fun and enjoyment to all senses. We eat with our eyes and sense of smell long before tasting!It then gave me the opportunity to have them trial many different foods and retry ones that had been previously turned down. Therefore ensure firstly it looks great and then follow with aromatic smells.

The same rules really apply to adults. Some people are very hesitant to trial new foods but if presented very attractively it assists in overcoming this obstacle. My greatest compliment I have is when friends and acquaintances alike say to me that they can always be assured that they will try something different at my home.

One of my favourite recipes to enliven a cheese platter is Apricot Relish. (Especially if the budget is only allowing for a mass manufactured camembert or cheddar!)

250 grams of Apricots finely chopped
1 onion finely chopped
1 cup of sugar
Cover with white vinegar
Bring to boil and then simmer until it reduces and thickens. If not sweet enough for your taste add a little more sugar and bring to boil again. Bottle in sterilised jar and leave to cool. Will keep for months in the refrigerator (If not found by those “I didn’t take it” monsters!!)