Pointless garnishes

Pet peeve du jour: using parsley as a garnish.  If you serve me a meal with a sprig of parsley on top, I immediately move you from the mental category of “serious cook” to “making potato salad for the school barbeque”.

Seriously people, parsley is a herb.  It should be used to add flavour to food, not as an afterthought touch of colour.  If it doesn’t compliment the dish, I have to pick it off my food and leave it on the side of the plate like a sad, soggy little weed.  Please, next time you find yourself reaching for the parsley because the dish looks “too beige”, just restrain yourself.  I’ll thank you for it.

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