This appetizer isn’t fancy, but it’s on the menu of Noma, a three-Michelin-star restaurant run by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark. (The name is a syllabic abbreviation of the two Danish words nordisk (Nordic) and mad (food), and the restaurant is known for its reinvention and interpretation of New Nordic Cuisine. It aims to limit menu ingredients to those found or made in Scandinavia.
In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, Noma was ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine. It closed for a couple of years as Redzepi traveled the world studying foods of different cultures. As of 2019, the last year of rankings before the pandemic, it ranked #2.
The food isn’t necessarily haute cuisine. It’s more of a combination of flavors that bring excitement to the palate, and includes foraged ingredients that would never be found in food stores.
We particularly liked the ease of this appetizer plate. As you can see, these are foods that anyone can prepare.
This appetizer plate includes fruits, vegetables and seeds, and lots of edible flowers for color. The sweet and savory selection includes:
We’re not so keen on edible flowers, which provide much of the color here. We’re just not wild about the flavor and most people don’t eat them anyway; so why waste the food and the money?
However, we substitute other colored vegetables: a grape tomato or half a cherry tomato, pickled red onion.
Your plate will be most interesting if you select an assortment of colors and shapes; for example:
BEYOND FRUITS & VEGETABLES
While Noma choose a vegan plate of fruits, vegetables and seeds, you can also include white proteins: baked fish, chicken breast slice, deviled egg or boiled/poached quail egg, grilled tofu, raw scallop, white anchovy, white cheese, etc.
*It may be balsamic or black vinegar with a small amount of oil.
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