Cookbook Challenge is the past fortnight. The theme was Blue. What sort of theme is that when it comes to food? Is there really any blue food, other than blue smarties? Of course there is blue string soup in Bridget Jones Diary and blue string pudding in the Clangers and (if memory serves me correctly) the blue sausage on Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. But in real life, blue is a rare sight on the dinner plate, unless it is the pattern. Let's face it. Blue is just unnatural in food.
something blue". Blue sneaks into lyrics about girls with "pale blue eyes" or wearing "white dresses with blue satin sashes". It has inspired the name of both pop bands and boy bands. Australia's long running radio serial was called Blue Hills. I once loved a cocktail called a Blue Lagoon but am sort of happy not to drink them any more (or Blue Heaven Big M).
Blues Clues, the Bear in the Blue House, and Blue Peter. Familiar characters Peter Rabbit, Andy Pandy and Paddington Bear all wear blue. Thomas the Tank Engine, the Smurfs, Cookie Monster are blue. Children sing about Little Boy Blue, chant "roses are red, violets are blue" and read the nursery rhyme collection, Lavender's Blue.
Blue. New Order's song Blue Monday is definitely not about colours. Elvis Presley sang of a Blue Christmas. The national anti-depression in Australia is called beyondblue. Bradley Trevor Greive wrote the Blue Day Book. There is even a style of music called the Blues that is named after "blue devils", meaning melancholy and sadness. Quality is often denoted by adjectives blue chip or blue ribbon. Blue collar workers typically perform manual labour. We say that we are in a blue funk. Blue also represents calm and peace. We talk of events happening once in a blue moon. In Australia, when something is genuine, it is true blue. The nobility say they have blue blood. And let's not get into blue language and blue movies.
a British band. Something for everyone!
Cookbook Challenge. You can check them out here.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Gingerbread, mixed peel and grandmothers
This time two years ago: Mothering, Stew and Bread
This time three years ago: Mum’s Banana Cake
This time four years ago: Cake for the absent bride and groom
Moody Blues Juice
adapted from Juices and Smoothies (Hamlyn)
1/2 medium pineapple
150g blackberries - mine were frozen
Juice the pineapple and blackberries into separate bowls or jugs. I microwaved my blackberries until just defrosted, then pressed them through a sieve to extract juice (and discarded the pulp). I pressed a citrus juicer (see photo above) into the pineapple to extract the pineapple juice. I got 1/3 cup blackberry juice and 2/3 cup pineapple juice. Pour pineapple juice into glass and then tip in blackberry juice. Once you have marvelled at the marbled effect of the two juices, drink!
On the Stereo:
Acoustic Bootleg: The Killjoys