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Suggestions for Purple foods?

k80k Mar 13, 2009 08:16 AM

I want to make an all purple/blue meal. So far the things I have in mind (not recipes, just ingredients) are:
- blue/purple potatoes
- eggplant
- blue/purple beans
- berry sorbet
- blueberries

Any other suggestions? Especially for things that keep their color after cooking/ preparing.


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    jsaimd RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 08:19 AM

    Black rice (turns purple)
    I think blue corn is purplish - can get the cornmeal or masa based products

    1. Gio RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 08:20 AM

      Purple cabbage
      Dried plums/prunes
      Lavender ice cream
      Purple peppers

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        KiltedCook RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 08:21 AM

        Kalamata "Viniagrette" - puree mayo, pitted Kalamatas an, lemon juice and anchovies together. It's a very tasty, and pretty purple/blue sauce to put on fresh tomatoes, lamb, grilled eggplant....

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          kchurchill5 RE: KiltedCook Mar 14, 2009 06:38 AM

          That sounds delish, I bet it would work with yogurt too.

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          roylima1 RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 08:31 AM

          Maybe this is too red but swiss chard

          1. chef chicklet RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 08:34 AM

            Eggplant or Aubergine (makes a wonderul centerpiece done properly)
            Santa Rosa plums - I think those are the deep purple ones
            cocktails should be easy, right?

            1. goodhealthgourmet RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 08:36 AM

              purple kale

              1. Channa RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 08:45 AM

                Is grape Jello too kitschy?

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                  k80k RE: Channa Mar 13, 2009 08:54 AM

                  Haha, it is for me, but it still counts! Thanks!

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                    weezycom RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 11:18 AM

                    serve it as shooters for cocktail hour!

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                      k80k RE: weezycom Mar 13, 2009 02:53 PM

                      haha, I'll run that by my mom!

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                    normalheightsfoodie RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 10:24 AM

                    It looks like you hit the blue/purple foods, but what is the occasion?

                    I would use the little asian eggplants, they do not need to be peeled.

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                      k80k RE: normalheightsfoodie Mar 13, 2009 02:54 PM

                      It's my mom's favorite color and she is coming to visit in a few weeks so i can finally make her dinner!

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                        The Dairy Queen RE: k80k Mar 14, 2009 07:40 AM

                        That is very sweet. I might have to steal that.


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                          kchurchill5 RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 14, 2009 07:43 AM

                          I ditto that, what a nice idea.

                    2. Gio RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 10:37 AM

                      If you use the blue or purple potatoes keep in mind they may lose their color when cooked. I've always steamed them and sometimes the color stays and sometimes not.

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                        maplesugar RE: Gio Mar 15, 2009 09:43 PM

                        same goes for purple pole beans, they turn green after steaming.

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                        valerie RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 10:39 AM

                        Red cabbage (not sure if that is the same as the aforementioned Purple Cabbage?). And red grapes, they are more purple than red.

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                          coll RE: valerie Mar 14, 2009 06:33 AM

                          Sweet and sour red cabbage is one of my favorite fall dishes. Cook in broth with some red wine and red currant jelly, and a few apples chopped in. It's very, very purple.

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                          patz RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 11:05 AM

                          purple cauliflower!

                          1. The Dairy Queen RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 11:23 AM

                            Purple bell-peppers. Maybe you can stuff them with black rice.


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                              k80k RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 13, 2009 02:55 PM

                              That sounds tasty, I've never seen purple peppers in the market though... might need to do some food sourcing for this project!

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                                greygarious RE: k80k Mar 14, 2009 10:50 AM

                                Make sure you don't freeze them raw. They turn green. Don't know if this happens if you freeze cooked purple peppers.

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                                kchurchill5 RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 14, 2009 10:51 AM

                                Very cool, never saw them

                              3. porker RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 12:38 PM

                                Boiled eggs take on color well (kind of a cheat)

                                What about cocktails and afters?
                                Purple Jesus (mix up just about everything in your liquor cabinat and add red wine)
                                Any cocktail with blue curacao (blue hawaiian/lagoon/moon etc etc). Or use blue slush as a mix.

                                Make sure there's blue ketchup on the table.

                                Dinner music on the blues channel

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                                  foodiemommy RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 02:14 PM

                                  Purple yam (ube) cake.

                                  1. BeefeaterRocks RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 02:20 PM

                                    Cranberry sauce

                                    1. Rmis32 RE: k80k Mar 13, 2009 03:05 PM

                                      From Hubert Keller - Red and Green Cabbage Salad Dressed with Cumin Seeds and Sherry Vinegar

                                      1. kchurchill5 RE: k80k Mar 14, 2009 06:48 AM

                                        Purple grapes
                                        Purple cauliflower
                                        Black raspberries
                                        Roasted blue potatoes
                                        (I make a roasted red white and blue potato salad for the 4th, it is a lot of fun)
                                        And don't remember is someone mentioned blue corn
                                        Blue cornbread, made with blue cornmeal
                                        Make a nice creamy sauce with simmer blueberrys and add to angel food cake lightly
                                        colored with some of the sauce from the blueberries
                                        Also freeze ice cubes with some blueberry juice fun in drinks without adding much sweet
                                        Also I saw purple carrots at our market, not sure, but fun to look at

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                                          chef chicklet RE: kchurchill5 Mar 14, 2009 07:18 AM

                                          Yes I thought I saw purple carrots not too long ago and I want to say at Tradeer Joes.

                                          Cute idea, your Mom will be so happy!

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                                            kchurchill5 RE: chef chicklet Mar 14, 2009 07:34 AM

                                            I actually though when I had them out once they were dyed but that I at a Christmas party years ago so when I saw them at our farmers market I couldn't believe there really were purple carrots.

                                            How about Halloween, purple and orange cooked carrots :)

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                                            k80k RE: kchurchill5 Mar 14, 2009 08:20 AM

                                            I like dying the angel food cake with berry sauce! Food coloring, in my book, is cheating, but using fruit is brilliant! Thanks! I don't have an angel food cake pan but I might be able to do cupcakes... hmmm.

                                            I had purple carrots in my CSA last year and they were just purple on the outside but orange on the inside. I'll have to go check the co-op and see what is around for me to work with. Does anyone know where you can get blue cornmeal (in New York City)?

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                                              kchurchill5 RE: k80k Mar 14, 2009 08:36 AM

                                              I think I got blue cornmeal at whole foods, but not sure.

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                                                HLing RE: k80k Mar 14, 2009 05:01 PM

                                                You can get dried purple corn on the cobs in grocery stores like Dynasty in Woodside, Queens. Deep purple in color, almost black. There's a recipe for Purple Pudding on it.
                                                It's a very hardy corn, the kind i like, but probably a bit hard for most people. If you soak it and cook it keeping all the kernel on the cob you can avoid the hard bit at the point where the kernels attach to the cob.

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                                              piccola RE: k80k Mar 15, 2009 07:01 PM

                                              Figs, as long as you get the black/purple ones. Slice nearly too the bottom, but don't cut through. Stuff with goat cheese and chopped walnuts, then broil until heated through. Garnish with cracked black pepper.

                                              1. purple goddess RE: k80k Mar 15, 2009 07:07 PM

                                                beetroot.. can be baked as a vegetable, or turned into a stunning purple dip!

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                                                  mom22tots RE: k80k Mar 15, 2009 07:22 PM

                                                  When I was in hawaii, we had potato rolls made with purple potatoes that were both gorgeous and delicious. Moist and flavorful. Could sub purple potatoes in any potato bread recipe.

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                                                    salsailsa RE: k80k Mar 15, 2009 07:50 PM

                                                    Purple pickled onions. You can make pickled onion rings with red onions and they turn a shade of purple. You could make a salad with roasted beets and purple pickled onions

                                                    Rot Kohl- German red cabbage dish is pretty much purple. You could serve it over purple mashed potatoes.

                                                    You could use blueberries and make some sort of blueberry balsamic reduction as a sauce for meat

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                                                      kobetobiko RE: k80k Mar 15, 2009 08:29 PM

                                                      Wait, no one mentioned Taro? (or did I miss the post?)

                                                      Taro is perfect purple food!!!

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                                                        normalheightsfoodie RE: k80k Mar 16, 2009 01:22 PM

                                                        You can poach pears in Red wine and cinamon stick, the Pears can take on a the color, and be purplish.

                                                        Core the center before poaching, when pear is cooled, pipe into the center sweetened marscapone, possibly blend it with honey.

                                                        Thicken the remaining wine and pour over the pears before serving.
                                                        Good Luck.

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                                                          k80k RE: normalheightsfoodie Mar 17, 2009 07:03 AM

                                                          sounds tasty!

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                                                            jay27 RE: normalheightsfoodie Mar 28, 2009 02:50 PM

                                                            I also saw a recipe for poached pears in Gourmet magazine a few months ago where the pears were poached with a few beet slices which turned the pear flesh an arresting scarlett color.
                                                            Figs are a good puprle food BTW

                                                          2. Emme RE: k80k Mar 28, 2009 11:06 PM

                                                            Hawaiian Yams (ube) love em baked with some balsamic and salt...
                                                            Purple Basil
                                                            Purple Corn

                                                            Bluberry Ketchup
                                                            Lavender Ice Cream

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                                                              Chefthekitty RE: k80k Sep 6, 2009 11:50 PM

                                                              Trader Joe's sometimes has purple asparagus..
                                                              It kinda turns green when you cook it but maybe if you just briefly boil or steam it will retain color!

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