February Food Fest

Black Foods

(And White)

This February, I decided to try a food colour challenge. I was intrigued by the idea of Black food, either in true colour, or in name. I also found that alot of the Black went kind of hand in hand with White. Black Truffle, White Truffle. Black Sesame Seeds, White Sesame Seeds. Or how Black Cod, is a White fish. Black Radish, is white inside.

Grilled Miso Glazed Black Cod (majority of glaze in the side), over Black Radish Puree with Black Truffle Salt, and dollop of Black Caviar
Blackened Halibut, with Beluga Lentil and Black Grape salad

Squid Ink Pasta, in a White Wine Cream Sauce, and Seared Scallops
Roasted Black Chicken, with Pinot Noir and Blackberry Sauce, over Black Rice Risotto
Honey Rosemary Roast Pork Loin, with Black Grape Olive Brandy Sauce, over Black Truffle Goat Cheese Polenta
Sort of a Persian Lentil Soup… Black Beans, Black Lentils, White Corn, White Onion, Black Lime, Sumac… over rice…

There were also some Black desserts too…

Black Forest Cake
Black Currant Lambic Beer Float, with Vanilla Icecream
Black Plum and Fig Frangipane Tart with Rosemary Shortbread Crust
(ended up overbaked…)
Nuff said

What was most difficult about this challenge was making an actual meal. It was one thing to research and list out various black foods. But it was entirely another to conceive of ways to make them work together into something palateable. It actually took me months to do. And with the exception of some over baking, and some under sauced noodles, I think I did really well.

It makes me want to attempt another colour theme food challenge. And some day I still might.

Black Cherry Jam on toast