Plating

Plating

We say in French “les jours (les semaines, les annees...) se suivent mais ne se ressemblent pas”  (days (weeks, years...) follow each other but are never alike) and this is so very true these days for me! Not that I complain about it, but there is very little routine. One day it snows, the next is warm; one day I have intense discussions at work with many different experts, the next I spend in paperwork and administrative tasks; one day I spent writing and reading articles, the next listening to students presentations; one day I run errands and meetings in the city, the next I’m seated 12h in my office... and one day I’m in Tokyo, the next in Italy or in France... It’s a captivating work I do and I’m grateful for all it brings, even a short interview in a French peridocal! But honestly this is not making me better at plating, this is a constant observation. Regardless how my recipes are yummy-easy-healthy. The problem is that I seriously don’t know how to improve it. When I look at my IG feed I feel sorry but I use only my best shots... but when I look at my picture album, I see all these delicious tests I made that I will never dare sharing... For example this amazing plate I made with wild hijiki, grilled swordfish, tomato and caper sauce... deliciously half indeed but the pictures are so bad: lighting, plate, plating... all wrong... Or this broccoli and fukinoto bulgur dish (this one is borderline so I decided to share it... but honestly I hesitated a lot before showing it... but fukinoto are seasonal and the season is right now, and the mix with the broccoli was really great... so at some point I wanted to share it.. because there are so many ways to eat local and seasonal staples that change from the traditional ones. For example fukinoto is mainly eaten in tempura, in miso soup or pickled in miso... but in kind of risotto like this recipe it is also really great! You’ll find the recipe below. And if you have plating advices for daily life food, pleeeeaaaaase let me know!!

Bulgur risotto with fukinoto  (for 2 people)

- 100g of bulgur (I use fine one for it cooks slightly faster) 

- 8 fukinoto of medium size. If they are large 4 or 6 is enough

- a piece of broccoli

- water

- olive oil, salt and pepper  

In a pan grease with olive oil and heated pour the bulgur, start cooking at high heat while stirring for 2 min. Lower the heat, cover the bulgur with water and add about 50% more in volume than the bulgur. Wash the broccoli, the fukinoto. Cut them (if the fukinoto are small don’t cut them). When the water in the bulgur as decreased and is no longer visible add the broccoli and cover, 2min later add the fukinoto and cover for 3 more minutes. Add salt, pepper, olive oil and stir before serving.

Soup or so

Soup or so

Ravioli again!

Ravioli again!