Presentation is Key: How to Turn a Stew into a 5 Star Meal

21 June 2016

When looking for easy dinner recipes, many of us turn to classic stews / sishebos. However, many of these dishes can be difficult to ‘beautify’. Luckily, the Your Perfect Sishebo team has a few helpful tips to share with you, making it possible for you to master the art of turning a basic stew into a five star meal that your guests won’t be quick to forget.

Creative Garnishes


Garnishes are excellent not only for the visual appeal that they add to your dish, but also the different colours and textures that they contribute, which can help to completely transform the meal and make it look as though it was prepared by a professional chef. The types of garnishes to consider are thin onion rings, croutons, veggie ribbons, a sprinkling of fresh herbs, swirled veg puree, and more. You can be as creative as you want to be with this aspect of your stew, so don’t be afraid to experiment with new things – even if they aren’t necessarily considered to be the ‘norm’!

Mouth-Watering Spices


The spices that you use when following your favourite stew recipes are of the utmost importance, and can make or break the final result. However, it is essential to remember that choosing the right spices for the right dishes is a real art that takes plenty of practice to master, so be sure to practice making a particular sishebo at least once before you invite any guests to come over for dinner.

If you’re making a chicken sishebo, spices to consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Aniseed
  • Barbecue Spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Mint

If you’re making a fish sishebo, spices to consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Garlic and Herb
  • Italian Herbs
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Nutmeg

If you’re making a beef sishebo, spices to consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Origanum
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Peri-Peri

If you’re making a lamb sishebo, spices to consider include, but are not limited to:

  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Mint

Beautiful Crockery


The crockery in which you serve your sishebo makes a huge difference when it comes time to impress. If you want to keep things classy, beautiful porcelain bowls are always a winner. On the other hand, if you want to make a statement with your sishebo creation, then vibrant, colourful bowls will be your best bet.

As you can see, sprucing up your favourite sishebo recipes needn’t be a struggle. With a few simple, yet strategic tweaks, your stew won’t just taste amazing, it will look amazing too.

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