The defining moment of Bridget Jones’ (un)domestic goddess status was serving up blue soup to her guests. Thanks goodness for super-duper Mark Darcy with his trick with the eggs. Why is it men are lauded for the ability to make an omlette whereas a woman offering something similar is seen as a bit average? Hmmmm.
So, blue. The colour of our planet and yet when it comes to food we think of it as unnatural, poisonous even. It is reputedly our most favourite colour but we rarely eat it. Blue may cover 3/4 of the globe and the sky above but put it on a plate and our first reaction is to shy away. But why not chuck out the conventional, reorganise expectations and have a blue banquet? And if children won’t eat green, maybe they will eat blue – or at least run back to green screaming “yes, yes, eat.”
Blueberry Maple Smoothie
150g blueberries, 500ml natural yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 2-3 ice-cubes. Blend and pour for a rich lilac-blue.
Blue Bay Cocktail
I had this at London Cocktail Week which, on the fringes, carried the slogan ‘make your liver weep’ (er…). Take 1 part blue curacao, 2 parts bitter lemon soda, mix and top with lime or float with cherry. It is not advisable to give this to children unless you have had a really, really tough day.
Blue Corn Chips
Something to nibble on while you are sipping your drinks – arrange geometrically on a serving plate with guacamole, red salsa dip and sour cream for the ultimate post-modern painting look.
Blue Cheese Gnocchi
This is a recipe (serves 2) from my Tuscan friend Paola which she got from her grandmother. It is a simple late-home-from-work-need-to-eat-now meal. I make it in 10-12 mins.
- Cook the 300g gnocchi according to the instructions.
- As the gnocchi is cooking, melt 1/2 teaspoon of butter in a pan and add 50g of blue cheese. Continue melting process. Add 100ml of half-fat cream until you have a smooth sauce.
- Pour over the gnocchi and serve immediately.
Blue Velvet Cake
HLL is totally addicted to red velvet cupcakes with delish cream cheese frosting but its blue cousin is fast making headway – and just the thing to serve at a baby shower for a forthcoming little boy. To make, try tastykitchen.com which has a wide and usable range of recipes – http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/desserts/blue-velvet-cupcakes/