I love food, I really enjoy cooking it, creating recipes, serving food and eating good food!
One of the things I really like about serving food is making it fun and pretty. Somehow food tastes better when it's presentation in a beautiful way. It makes me feel like holding my coffee cup with my pinky in the air and taking my time to enjoy every bite.
Here's one way to make a simple dessert look elegant with very little effort.
Food you need:
Angel Food Cake (the rectangle one is easiest to use for this).
Strawberries (sliced) - you can use frozen sliced ones, just thaw them first
Any type of 100% fruit juice
Whipping cream (the kind you whip yourself)
Pretty garnish (mint leaves, a pansy, rose, etc...)
Tools you need:
Sifter (or fine seive)
Small (1/2 cup) tupperware type container with lid
In a medium bowl, mix sliced strawberries with a drizzle of juice, and sprinkle with sugar. Toss, continue to toss every now and then while you are preparing the plates (this is a good job for a child).
Put about 1/4 -1/3 cup whipping cream in a small lidded container, sprinkle with sugar, close tightly. Shake vigorously until cream is slightly thickened, so it will drizzle but hold it's shape (this is a good job for a child).
Using a sifter, sprinkle a light coating of cocoa powder on your dessert plate (white plates look best).
Cut a long 1/2 inch thick slice from your Angel Food cake, then cut that every 1/2 inch.
Arrange 7 slices in a circular pattern on your plate.
Top carefully with strawberries, trying to keep them centered.
Using a spoon, drizzle cream in a circular fashion.
If you have them, add two mint leaves, or a flower that hasn't been chemically treated. It adds a nice finishing touch.
Voila! Now, you tell me, which one looks tasier?