Some food and drink just go hand-in-hand: cookies and milk, pasta and wine, and hot dogs and beer, for example. But actually, beer is such a versatile beverage that relegating it to only being paired with hot dogs (and occasionally wings) would be a crime. With a wide range of weights and flavors, beer can complement any food from salads to barbecue- as long as you follow three foundational principles of beer and food pairing.
Whether you’re entertaining for a crowd or simply sitting down to a quiet weeknight meal, it’s worth it to make your food look good. Studies have shown that artistically-presented food actually tastes better, and that when you eat something that you truly enjoy, your body actually makes more efficient use of its nutrients.
It’s true that if you don’t like it, you won’t eat it. I overheard a father talk about that he had to specifically get orange cauliflower because it would mix in with macaroni & cheese. His daughter apparently was a very picky eater… I remember my parents trying similar tricks, but absentmindedly told me about the squash/etc mashed in with carrots. In retrospect, I wish I’d known to suggest to the parent to look at colcannon recipes for a little more variety in the child’s diet. I have an article for tips on helping with picky eaters – fine for children, but tread carefully with adults as they could be dealing with allergies, sensitivities, or ideologies.
A while back, some were suggesting the “Instagram diet”. The idea was to minimize hunger by looking at food. Which is really odd – Pavlov’s tests helped demonstrate that we physically respond to the sight and/or smell of food. Our digestive system fires up in preparation, including that we literally salivate. Additional to the counterpoint is the recent research about the impact on those who watch cooking shows…