Adam of Amateur Gourmet is hosting a Blue Food contest. The contest was born after he happened upon this site which says that "blue is an appetite suppressant. Weight loss plans suggest putting your food on a blue plate. Or even better than that, put a blue light in your refrigerator and watch your munchies disappear." The challenge is therefore to make a delicious dish on the theme of "blue food." The food doesn’t necessarily have to be blue, just as long as it expresses the theme, (therefore blue plates, tablecloth, etc. are all valid).
Blue happens to be my favourite colour, so I think this whole “colour affects our appetite” thing is hooey! Apparently blue is supposed to suppress appetite because it’s not a natural food colour and so our ancestors learned to avoid blue, purple and black things as they were most likely toxic. Well times have changed. The only blue foods I avoid are those that are moldy, and even then, not always. Take blue cheese for example, it’s essentially mold, and it’s delicious. And blueberries? The more the merrier. If you want to get into genetically modified foods, I’m sure you could come up with all sorts of blue vegetables. Or why not add a drop or two of food colouring to a dish to turn it blue? In my case, it would only serve to make it more attractive. Yes, my love of the colour blue runs quite deep.
After seeing my blue concoctions, I don’t know how you could argue that blue isn’t appetizing. And if you try to, then I’m going to label you one of those sissies who never wants to try new foods, new music, new hobbies, new anything! You’re boring! Nobody likes that. So embrace blue food, it’s good for you! And if not, at least it looks cool. Just look at that slice of berry pie! It’s bursting with blueberries and wonderful blue flavour, all on a lovely blue plate. Or what about that blueberry drink? You know there’s alcohol in there! How could you refuse? While we’re on the breakfast theme, what about blue oatmeal? It’s topped with some wonderful candied nuts and drizzled with maple syrup. That’s not the work of Photoshop either, I actually turned my oatmeal blue, and I’ll tell you, it sure livened up my morning.
The ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven, and I’m with them. As far as I’m concerned blue is wonderful in every possible way, be it in your food or otherwise.