Eating out of a bowl is nothing new. Asian cuisine and many others, have been served out of bowls for centuries. In 2017, bowls have become a cultural and gastronomic moment. If you’ve ever eaten a bowl of ramen, or a burrito bowl at Chipotle, you’ve had a bowl.
The millennials appropriated bowls into a lifestyle. It turns out millennials don’t want to sit at a table and use a knife and fork. They want easy, attractive, fork food that you can pick up and carry to the couch and watch Netflix, or to the computer and keep working or Skyping.
Millenials started the whole photographing your food thing. If you look on Instagram you’ll note that bowls are the new food porn. Why? Photographers agree that food in bowls is more dramatic and stylish than on a flat plate. It’s three dimensional and the styling creates brio.
Mary Portas in her BBC series, “What Britain Buys” reports that bowl sales are higher than flat plate sales. Whilst she laments the demise of sitting down at a dinner table and making conversation over plates, she learns that one company alone is making 32 shapes of bowls in its line of tableware.
In spite of all the “death of civilization” and “loss of good table manners” — I have to say I’m adoring my bowls. I don’t think I’d serve bowls to my guests (but I never say never!). Turns out the millennial bowl is the perfect solution for those of us who live alone and want to eat beautiful food. It’s a composed, portion controlled meal that looks like a masterpiece.
If I put a portion of rice on a plate, a scoop of steamed veg next to that and a piece of grilled salmon, it looks
But, if I fill the bottom of a pretty bowl with “ancestral grains,” lay some steamed kale over the rice, place a hunk of grilled salmon over that, garnish with a spoon of homemade mayo, a drizzle of soy, some dots of siriacha, and a sprinkle of black sesame seeds — it looks like a party. A very pretty and very delicious party.
You can create bowls for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Buddha bowl, chili bowl, pasta bowl, smoothie bowl, salad bowl, fruit bowl, breakfast bowl, rice bowl, you name it, it can be put in a bowl.
Bowls are a perfect use of leftovers. Arrange whatever you’ve got creatively over a base of pasta or grains. Garnish with what you find in the fridge and add a slice or two of avocado for that real millennial touch. At breakfast I compose oatmeal bowls with the bananas and strawberries placed just so, the milk floating on top, a streak of honey and a dab of jam. It’s about different flavors with each bite. I like to supercharge a simple packet of ramen with half a hard boiled egg, sauteed spinach and mushrooms, beansprouts, scallion strips, drips and dabs of sauces — all arranged elegantly in the ramen tradition.
I’m a believer in “change or die.” It’s all about evolution baby. Don’t want to be a grouchy old lady. If an idea’s good, I’ll have it!
P.S. I can just hear my serious foodie friends groaning. Certainly the top restaurants are not going to start serving food in bowls…but do try it at home and have some fun!
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