February is the month of love and I’m sure many of you have different ideas about love, depending on your individual experiences. My love and the inspiration of having a career related to food and art started when I was young. My family had an agriculture product trading business so I spent most of my childhood surrounded by and familiar with the products. I learned and noticed that each season provided various kinds of fruits and vegetables. Sometimes I saw exotic items, and at others got to taste fresh vegetables right after being picked. I also learned from overhearing adults discussing food ingredients and farm products, and therefore had an early start in understanding the realities of what we produce and eat.
Some agricultural products are great to eat by themselves, but most need to be combined with other items and ingredients and seasoned in order to create that perfectly balanced taste.
The need for fresh ingredients for seasonally appropriate dishes came to me through my mother’s teaching. Some of the things she cooked came from market gardeners and local orchard owners. Personally, I've always been interested in art and architecture, and that helped me in deciding to be a ‘Food Stylist’, falling love simultaneously as I did with fresh food ingredients and art. A food stylist is much more than just someone who garnishes dishes beautifully, being instead a person who presents the splendor of the variety of food ingredients in a natural way. Moreover, a food stylist needs to be able to see the value and beauty of the ingredients that are hidden inside and bring them out artistically. Each ingredient has its own beauty, presented in differences of color and shape, and we need only to use a standard management system to maintain and enhance its merits, and this can most suitably be summed up in a philosophy that says, 'SIMPLY THE BEST'.
As I say, February is the month of love so I’m choosing a sweet pink theme here to create a wonderful dish and its decorative features. Having a sound body comes from regularly eating green salads, which results in you having a radiantly pink healthy complexion. A food stylist needs to analyze and develop a good-looking and delicious recipe full of nutrients. Starting with finding the ingredients that have a matching pink color, you can create a sweet pink beetroot dressing. And apart from the recipe, a food stylist has to create unique features to enhance the theme, choosing the color of dishes, silverware and napkins to match the food.
The attractiveness of exquisitely designed food causes the consumer to feel the appropriate mood in addressing it. Especially in Chiang Mai’s winter season, the green vegetable leaves and crisp and juicy stems are suitable for creating that lovingly-composed menu item that will ensure that you and your dearest ones will have the enjoyment of eating it together, and experiencing the health it brings. As we all know, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ but equally, as our local saying teaches, ‘Eating veggies means you don’t need medicine.’
Mix egg yolks, mustard and lemon juice in a bowl, beat thoroughly, and then gradually pour in olive oil and beat again until the mixture thickens. After that, add well-done boiled mashed beetroots, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Then, put the mixture in a serving bowl into the refrigerator. Next, prepare a salad plate by arranging Romaine lettuce and Chicory Purple nicely, followed by well-roast walnuts and scalded calamari. Lastly, pour on the beetroot dressing and this easy, yummy and healthy treat is ready for you!