How to Create the Dining Out Experience in the Home
Eating out is one of our favourite pastimes. So many of us are keen to soak up the atmosphere of a nice restaurant or bistro. We love the feeling of being waited on and having our food, cooked from fresh, sent straight out to us. What’s even better than eating out is that there are no arguments about who has to do the washing up! Yes, the dining out experience is one that we all love.
But, when times are hard, and there is too much month at the end of our money, you don’t have to forgo fine dining and exquisite food. On the contrary, there are some brilliant ways that you create the dining out experience within the heart of the home. Of course, you may not get waiter service (and the arguments about washing up will still be there!) but, good food can be cooked in the home. It’s all about how you approach your foodie experience.
Finding the Right Ingredients
Locally sourced ingredients are by far the best tasting. For finer quality, omit the giant supermarket and shop local. Head to food markets and local grocers to get the best and the finest ingredients for your in-house meal experience. The great thing about shopping local, or artisan, is that the retailers have a real passion for food. They can tell you about the best accompaniments and the best ways to cook the dish. Shopping local, for fresh produce is the only way to fly when you are creating the ultimate dining in experience.
Scour the Online World for Inspiration
You may be stuck on what to cook. After all, you don’t have the luxury of a menu! But that doesn’t mean that you have to stick with your tried and tested dishes. There is a wealth of apps and websites can give you a digital edition of a fancy cookbook. The online world can present to you a world of inspiration. So, think about what principle meat you want to cook, and then look online for recipes around that. For example, beef is an exquisite dish and is a firm favourite. But, beyond a beef wellington you can roast a beef fillet and smother it in homemade shallot sauce. Think about your preferred choice of meats and how you can cook them to perfection or add new and exciting accompaniments to your dishes.
Setting the Mood
The mood should always be set when you are creating the fine dining experience in the home. Don your chef jackets, lay the table and put on some background music. Candles are optional, of course. But, they are perfect mood setters.
Invest in the Right Kitchen Equipment
Having the right kitchen equipment is a must. So, throw out your cheap pots and pans and look at investing in amazing, quality materials. Food processors pestle and mortars and Dutch ovens make for the complete foodie experience. After all, bunging food in the oven and hoping for the best is not an option. Make sure that you have all of the requisite kit to make your food taste amazing.
See, dining in can be the new dining out. Now is the time to cook up a storm!