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Lavender Blueberry Semifreddo

Lavender Blueberry Semifreddo

We’re right smack dab in the middle of blueberry season. And though they look blue when you pick them, a few minutes of simmering turns those blueberries unmistakeably purple.  I love using fragrant lavender as a seasoning (also in season now), but enough lavender to color this dish would have made it inedible. Luckily for...
Purple Food Roundup!

Purple Food Roundup!

There are lots of misnomers in the world of plant food colors. “Red” cabbage and onions, and lettuce definitely look purple, purple potatoes can look blue. (And cooked blueberries are definitely purple.) Lots of “black” fruit and grains turn out purple: black rice, black mission figs, black grapes, blackberries. Perhaps I ought to forgive whoever...
Blue Moon Tart

Blue Moon Tart

The purple/blue potatoes make this tart visually striking, but the real star is the bluefoot mushrooms.   Bluefoot mushrooms are hard to find, whether you are foraging in a forest, or picking through high end grocers. But the result is well worth the hunting.  Intensely woody, rich and meaty the cooked bluefoots give off an intoxicating,...
Blue Food Roundup!

Blue Food Roundup!

Blue is notoriously scarce in the palette of natural foods. And among foods that are called blue, few of them have a purely blue (not purplish or greenish) pigment. But with the scarcity of naturally blue foods, you have to take what you can get, so forgive me if some of the foods on my...
Green Rice with Fava Beans and Garlic Scapes

Green Rice with Fava Beans and Garlic Scapes

Sabzi polo, the meticulously cooked Persian rice and herb dish seemed like a perfect choice for my green recipe. Not only is it unique (tons of herbs!) it is also a celebratory dish, traditionally cooked for the Persian (springtime) new year.  Not that I don’t like my mom’s trifle and lentil soup  to celebrate the...
Green Food Roundup!

Green Food Roundup!

All green food pigments are from the chlorophyll molecule. If yellow and orange plant foods are remarkable for making vision possible, then chlorophyll is remarkable for making much of life on earth possible. Our oxygen-rich atmosphere can be traced back to photosynthesis, and photosynthesis needs the incredible chlorophyll molecule. But chlorophyll is a tricky molecule...
Turmeric Ginger Beer

Turmeric Ginger Beer

Ginger beer originated sometime around the year 2000. It first started popping up in health food stores and then quickly spread to more mainstream food purveyors. Oh, wait. That’s how I learned about ginger beer, not how it was created. The real story behind ginger beer is much longer and more interesting. Ginger beers are...
Yellow Food Roundup!

Yellow Food Roundup!

Like red plant foods, yellow plants get their color from the whole gamut of molecules: carotenoids, anthocyanins & betalains. But the backbone of most yellow foods (like with orange foods) has to be the carotenoids. Like their orange siblings, peppers, tomatoes, citrus and carrots that are yellow are usually vibrant, and won’t easily bleed or...
Orange Food Roundup!

Orange Food Roundup!

It’s week two of my rainbow-themed colorful foods project. Time for some orange foods! While red foods can get their pigment from many different types of molecules, orange foods primarily get their pigment from carotenoids. Carotenoids can make red, yellow or orange pigments in plants. For animals they can satisfy several essential nutritional functions, notably...
Curried Coconut Ice Cream with Mango Chutney

Curried Coconut Ice Cream with Mango Chutney

Week two of working through the spectrum. Time for an orange recipe! If you think that curry doesn’t belong anywhere near your dessert, than think again. For this recipe I made a curry blend that matches perfectly with rich, creamy coconut milk.  And the orange in this recipe? Carrots! Cooked carrots are pureed adding color,...
Yucatan Style Roasted Trout

Yucatan Style Roasted Trout

  Whenever anyone travels abroad and asks if I’d like a souvenir, I always ask for the same thing: whatever the  specialty seasoning is from that region. So when my boyfriend returned from a research trip to the Yucatan, he brought me two little packets of achiote paste. I had heard of annato, and knew...
Red Food Roundup!

Red Food Roundup!

I’m jumping into my rainbow themed food odyssey with both feet! To get started, I’ve put together a little survey of fantastic red foods and how to use them (and their color) to your advantage in cooking. My red food roundup is certainly not claiming to contain all red foods (notably missing: beef, tuna and...