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Blue Food??

by Bill Spohn » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:13 pm

Other than fruit, many people hold the opinion that food shouldn't be blue. They have even put blue food dye in mashed potatoes (zero effect on taste) and tasters insisted it didn't taste as good.

Saw a blue food on Iron Chef Gauntlet (OK, I am addicted) and one of the (failed) contestants included some pea flower in it. This turns deep blue when acidity hits it (it is light blue to start with.

The butterfly pea flower, also known as “Asian Pigeonwing,” is employed prominently in Malaysia to naturally color rice and cakes, and in Thailand, where it’s served as a syrupy welcome drink. It’s even sometimes consumed with citrus juice, in which case the high acidity turns the substance to a pink-purple.


Other than blue Curacao and berries I can't think of too many blue foods. Some even suggest putting a blue light bulb in the fridge or freezer to help those on diets. Anyone tried the pea flower trick?

More on why blue food isn't popular:

https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-the-body/color-and-appetite-matters

https://www.thekitchn.com/how-color-affects-your-percept-96524

Starbucks is now doing blue coffee drinks (Asia only) using this effect.

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Re: Blue Food??

by Rahsaan » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:28 pm

Blue potatoes?
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Re: Blue Food??

by Bill Spohn » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:41 pm

Rahsaan wrote:Blue potatoes?


They have achieved a level of acceptance (high in anthocyanins which are good for us) but are still looked on as a novelty item by most, I think.

I like making small new potatoes (usually with lots of butter, salt, and chopped parsley) with a mix of red, white and blue.

Plus they look like amethyst geodes when you cut them in half....(old rock hound talking here)

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Re: Blue Food??

by Jeff Grossman » Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:51 pm

I also think 'amethyst geode' - another old rock hound here.

How about blue corn? I see tortilla chips made of them all the time.

Blue plums? I know, really kinda purply.

Blue cheese!
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by Jenise » Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:48 pm

Jeff, I was going to go there too. Blue corn is widely accepted.

But a story: my grandmother had never heard about blue corn when I took her to a high end southwestern Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach. I ordered us both the blue corn plate--cheese enchilada, beef taco, etc., her favorites. But she couldn't eat it. The sight of the blue, her favorite color, on her plate as food turned her stomach. I had to order her another plate, no blue. Funny thing about her, when she said about anything, "I've never heard of that" it was death. I could introduce her to new things only by talking about them for months in advance. In this case, I failed to do that. Never occurred to me.

I feel the same way about pink food and recall, with embarrassment, sitting in front of a bowl of shocking pink borscht with the sour cream already stirred in, struggling to eat. Couldn't.

I don't think of blue potatoes as a novelty, they have a very unique flavor of their own, quite delicious. It's fun to buy them at Farmers Markets where they might be any one of several different varieties. There's not just one.
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Re: Blue Food??

by Rahsaan » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:49 pm

Jeff Grossman wrote:
How about blue corn? I see tortilla chips made of them all the time.


Good one! Although I've never seen the actual blue corn in any markets.
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Re: Blue Food??

by Jenise » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:32 pm

Rahsaan wrote:
Jeff Grossman wrote:
How about blue corn? I see tortilla chips made of them all the time.


Good one! Although I've never seen the actual blue corn in any markets.


Never seen it sold fresh, like for corn on the cob, but dried yes for popcorn. And in flour form.
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by Jeff Grossman » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:58 pm

Jenise wrote:But a story: my grandmother had never heard about blue corn when I took her to a high end southwestern Mexican restaurant in Newport Beach. I ordered us both the blue corn plate--cheese enchilada, beef taco, etc., her favorites. But she couldn't eat it. The sight of the blue, her favorite color, on her plate as food turned her stomach. I had to order her another plate, no blue. Funny thing about her, when she said about anything, "I've never heard of that" it was death. I could introduce her to new things only by talking about them for months in advance. In this case, I failed to do that. Never occurred to me.

I feel the same way about pink food and recall, with embarrassment, sitting in front of a bowl of shocking pink borscht with the sour cream already stirred in, struggling to eat. Couldn't.

So, you come by it honestly. <ducks>

Funny story!

My mother told me that her class did the 'blue mashed potatoes' experiment when she was in high school. No one would touch them.
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by Tom NJ » Tue May 08, 2018 9:59 am

C'mon. Gotta have something to serve with that Gik. :lol:
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by Bill Spohn » Tue May 08, 2018 12:28 pm

Tom NJ wrote:C'mon. Gotta have something to serve with that Gik. :lol:


No problem - Klingon Gagh should work just fine. Puts me in mind of a mechanical clock - 'gik, gagh, gik, gagh....
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by Tom NJ » Tue May 08, 2018 1:49 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:[No problem - Klingon Gagh should work just fine. Puts me in mind of a mechanical clock - 'gik, gagh, gik, gagh....


Lol!

It struck me afterwards that in Woody Allen's movie "Sleeper" they also served a meal of, I believe it was, blue gruel. Mmmmmmmmm.....
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by Bill Spohn » Tue May 08, 2018 2:47 pm

One can envision a van Gogh inspired plate with purple mashed potatoes, beets and creamed corn and spinach etc.
About an even chance that Jenise actually has a set of palette plates stashed somewhere.



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Re: Blue Food??

by Jeff Grossman » Tue May 08, 2018 3:53 pm

Tom NJ wrote:
Bill Spohn wrote:[No problem - Klingon Gagh should work just fine. Puts me in mind of a mechanical clock - 'gik, gagh, gik, gagh....


Lol!
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I dread to think what Klingons would use for the cuckoo. :shock:
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by Tom NJ » Tue May 08, 2018 5:00 pm

Jeff Grossman wrote:I dread to think what Klingons would use for the cuckoo. :shock:


A Picardinal.

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Tom NJ wrote:
Jeff Grossman wrote:I dread to think what Klingons would use for the cuckoo. :shock:


A Picardinal.

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by Tom NJ » Tue May 08, 2018 8:05 pm

Jeff Grossman wrote:Auuuugggh! Who is this awful man?


BWHAHAHAAAAAAA!! You'll never know....

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by Jenise » Thu May 10, 2018 3:01 am

Bill Spohn wrote:One can envision a van Gogh inspired plate with purple mashed potatoes, beets and creamed corn and spinach etc.
About an even chance that Jenise actually has a set of palette plates stashed somewhere.



No chance. Too cute, I don't do cute. But I do have plates that are shaped like fish. :)
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by Bill Spohn » Thu May 10, 2018 11:46 am

Jenise wrote: But I do have plates that are shaped like fish. :)



Aw - isn't that cute........ :twisted:
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by Jenise » Thu May 10, 2018 1:20 pm

But that's as low as I go. :)
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by Bill Spohn » Thu May 10, 2018 6:49 pm

Jenise wrote:But that's as low as I go. :)


Could have sworn I saw lobster bibs at your place....

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Re: Blue Food??

by Jeff Grossman » Thu May 10, 2018 9:48 pm

Jenise wrote:But that's as low as I go. :)

I have an entire set of plates that look like Italian villas.

We're a classy operation over heah, in Brukklyn. Fer chrissakes.
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Re: Blue Food??

by Jenise » Fri May 11, 2018 1:33 pm

No, Bill, what you saw were my spaghetti bibs. Understandable that you mistook the spag-balls for lobster, however, what with those giant lemons.

https://www.amazon.com/Pack-Disposable-Spaghetti-Bibs-Meatballs/dp/B010CGDJ7C
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