In this long hot Yorkshire summer, many salads are being eaten. On Saturday, before I learnt about my massive lottery win, I made simple plates of salad for lunch. The salad looked so nice that I decided to photograph it.
As well as enjoying preparing meals, I also like to plate them up nicely. In my view, thoughtful presentation is an important part of any good dining experience. Making good-looking plates of food is a kind of art form that is often taken to ridiculous extremes in five-star restaurants. However, even here in suburbia, it costs nothing to take just a little trouble over the appearance of meals we prepare.
Chunks of blue stilton cheese
A spoonful of tuna with mayo (leftover from Thursday)
A boiled egg
Spoonfuls of Moroccan cous-cous and coleslaw
Slices of cucumber and vine tomatoes
Penne with homemade pesto*
French dressing and mayonnaise
*On Friday I made my first ever batches of pesto using basil I had grown in an old washing up bowl. I blended it with a handful of parmesan cheese, salt, some toasted pine nuts and a small cup of good quality Greek olive oil. The end result was as delightful as I had hoped. I stirred one portion into a pan of fresh penne. Delicious and so much nicer than pesto from a jar. As you can see I used the leftover penne in Saturday's salad.