February 27, 2007

Blue is the New Black

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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).


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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.



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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.



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16 comments:

K & S said...

I love this electric blue kind of color! Very nice!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

All you need to think about is blueberries - I'll eat them till I make myself sick! I eat them like some folk eat candy. Appetite suppressant indeed! I wish, I'd be the first to put a blue light in the kitchen.

Lydia said...

Blue food is like blue in the flower garden -- not easy to achieve, but once you get there, it's exquisite!

Anne said...

I also love the color blue :) food or not. Your blueberry pie photo looks scrumptious :)

jessica said...

You do a lot of food blog challenges lady!! Wow! I'm impressed. Alas, S'mores sound sooo good when you say the name, but really, they're kind of irritating and hard to make. We actually went to a cabin and attempted to make them (my swiss hubby has never had s'mores!) and we dropped five before we got a nice one!

Jessica said...

My favorite sno-cone flavor has ALWAYS been blue coconut, and it always will be. And that pie looks divine! Mmmmmm.....

Helene said...

I'll take the cocktail and the cheesecake....! Those look too good! Interesting study about blue food...

Helene said...

I meant pie...I was also looking at a deep dark blueberry cheesecake and wrote about it...Freudian slip...!

Cupcake Chick (Cheryl) said...

I always said I would never drink anything blue. But your drink could make me break my unwritten rule.

tigerfish said...

You know, it's so difficult to get "blue" food! But I do love this color, and it's more common in my wardrobe :D
Brilynn, thanks for visiting my food blog for puffed up cream of mushroom soup!

sher said...

That pie!!! It's heavenly! It certainly isn't depressing my appetite to look at it. It's inflaming it! :)

Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

Love the blue drink! It looks cool and sophisticated not to mention very tasty.

Kristen said...

I would say that your blue food is very appetizing. My kids, however, have some blue kind of yogurt that I can't figure out how they can stomach!

Vanessa said...

Give me that blueberry pie and that martini and I'll be a happy girl... this is an excellent entry to a strange contest, it looks like you had so much fun!

rachel said...

huh, that is really interesting. i never realized that blue is unappetizing. you are brave with that rice you made!

Lis said...

I think your blue foods look fabulous. I'm especially taken with that drink.. what is it?