Have you ever wondered why you like to cook? More than just enjoying food and eating, why do you cook? Do you feel it is an creative process? Where does the expression of Culinary Art come from? You might think to yourself, "I cook because I have to eat or I have to feed my family". All true, but these days, we have many options to satisfy hunger and feed others. With multitude of restaurants along with freezer and prepared food sections of most grocery stors expanding, why do you seek out recipes, buy cook books, or visit food blogs?
My belief is cooking is a true artistic expression of love: love of food, ingredients, taste, passion, sharing and art. Similar to when an artist looks at an empty canvas and is inspired to capture an expression to feed the soul or as a musician transforms seven notes to fill a blank page of lines into music to stir emotion, a cook does the same.
Food, paintings, pictures, dance, music and other artistic outlets is the product of creativity. That unexplainable desire to create, share, and nourish the heart, mind and spirit.
Even if you are a novice in the kitchen and feel intimidated, consider a cheese plate. Yes, it is not really cooking, however, it is putting together different ingredients harmoniously to create the perfect bite. Consider your serving platter as a blank canvas. Choose your favorite variety of cheese along with any fruits, nuts, crackers and decorate a beautiful serving platter. I promise your will receive instant cheer! To be a little more creative, you can roll goat cheese in a mix of your favorite seeds, nuts, and chopped dried fruit. Last December, I shared with you my recipe for goat cheese rolled in cranberries and a variety of nuts. Rather than making little ornaments, make it easy by just rolling any soft cheese in a mix of chopped nuts and dried fruits. Be creative and have fun! Use endive as a vessel to serve crumbles blue cheese along with pecans into one decadent bite. Easy and elegant!
So the next time your grocery shopping, think of yourself as an artist selecting colors and flavors for your canvas; and as a musician when you bring all the ingredients together to create a symphony. When serving your creation to loved ones, be prepared to hear sweet notes of 'umm' and 'ahhh' with requested encore performance; bask in the love of the great artist that is within you!
With the next three posts to come, I will be sharing with you recipes displaying my love of both food and art. You can anticipate delicious, colorful, elegant dishes which will feed your artistic creative side to cooking. Stay tuned....Rainbow color quiche, vegetable napoleon sandwich, and Oliver's salad.