Bring Color to the Table!
Orange is the color of the season. Our local Earthbound Farms Market is a center for natural sculptures of all configurations of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. And I wanted to join the fun by bringing orange to the table this week.
I did so in the form of a Sweet Potato Chowder from the cookbook The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson which I spoke about in a previous blog.
The chowder was easy to make, tasty and colorful. I love the author’s suggestions for topping the orange soup with the white Greek yogurt, green scallions, and red pomegranate seeds. I didn’t have the latter, but I used sliced strawberries and dried cranberries and all was colorfully well.
On a color-oriented roll, I matched the orange display with a green salad of arugula, blueberries, feta cheese and pecans, from the same cookbook. Talk about Rainbow food for a healthy diet–both for the eyes and stomach! And to add to the color, I brought to the table a vase of yellow roses and orange chrysanthemums and my “Gather Close” persimmon colored Glassybaby candle.
Simple fare. Mother Nature provided the basics, a creative author provided the recipes, and I just showed up and had fun putting everything together and revelling in the visuals.
For my next color endeavors, I’m going to make my mother’s Bolognese sauce with homemade (she says…) gnocchi, accompanied with a green salad and a glass of local Pinot Noir, finished with a piece of dark chocolate. That should keep my palate and palette (ooohh) happy.
And you? What color are you adding to your table?