Monday, October 11, 2010

It's a "hue"-tiful Life

If I were a crayola color, I think I'd be either Mountain Meadow or Shamrock Green. Both are vibrant yet calming and earthy. That's what I love about color. It makes life full of energy yet soothes the soul at the same time. You see, I've always been a color combo freak! I love it! I guess that's what happens when you're the daughter of an Architect. I remember going to my dad's office when I was young and just staring in awe of the color patterns, color boards, etc. that were in the interior design rooms.
Anyway, the same goes with my passion for cooking and baking. I can't bake or cook without color. Don't ask me to make plain pancakes without raspberries, blueberries, or some kind of COLORFUL topping. Yes, I'm all about the display. Might seem petty but hey, it makes me HAPPY!!

Not just plain tamales, give me some green!

pimentos on my pasta. Red gives it Flare!

Plain toast with cheese?? No way, need tomatoes to round out the color palate.
So this brings me to my next give my favorite GF bread some COLOR! Whats my favorite bread? CORNBREAD!!! It's my favorite fall starch goodness, next to sweet potato and butternut squash of course. But this time I decided to go blue.........BLUE corn. 

True BLUE GF Cornbread:

2 tablespoons oil (I used grapeseed)
1 1/2 cups 100% blue cornmeal
1/4 cup coconut flour (or other flour of choice)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 tbsp almond butter (some extra good fat!)
1 large egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place oil in a glass baking dish and transfer to the preheating oven.
2. Mix cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add egg and milk (or buttermilk); stir until just combined. Remove the pan from the oven and then brush the oil to coat the bottom and part of the sides. Then carefully pour the excess hot oil into the cornmeal mixture; stir until just combined. Pour the batter into the hot pan.
3. Bake until the bread is firm in the middle and lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm, preferably with honey and butter!

Batter beforehand.....nice and thick!

Looks good at all angles! And of course its BLUE-ish!

If you were a crayola, what color would you be? Do you cook with color?


You know what would go so well with this cornbread? Chili!!! Check out Dory and Gina's awesome chili recipes. To DIE for and yes, they have COLOR!!


Kristina @ spabettie said...

SO pretty!! I love the blue cornbread!! :)

I LOVE when my food is bright and vibrant... it feels healthy !! :D my food is generally bright reds, greens, oranges! so awesome.

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Oh cool! Love this. I definitely try to cook with color. I try to add in many different colors in my cooking. Oh, and periwinkle is my fave crayon color.

fittingbackin said...

Red DOES give it flair! Love the look of those pimentos in the pasta - genius!

Abby said...

That is gorgeous bread! Blue is my favorite.. I'd be "Robin's Egg Blue" if I were a crayola crayon. :)

Bre said...

I would be blue-green and blush- my two faves as a kid! :)
I think much about cooking with colour but I sure do like orange veggies, probably a little too much since my hands are not "peach" and looking a little "orangey-yellow!"
And I can't wait to try blue cornbread!! YUM YUM YUM!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

purrrty food pics! yum. and so agree w/the color on food. gotta have it

and...if I were a Crayola Color I'd love to be Fruity Fuscia (is that a color?;-)

Dorry said...

Thanks for the chili shout-out Linds! It was so ridiculously easy and delicious. I'm with you about the beautiful colors in food - and those colors are packed full of vitamins! :) Love all the colors of bell pepper in my chili. I'm a big fan of greens and blues. I'd probably be a sky or ocean blue crayon.

Janetha said...

Blue cornbread! That's awesome. I have never even thought of using blue cornmeal. You are a clever gal!

Chuck said...

I love the cheese and tomato sandwich- simple but so delicious.

I would be Fire Truck Red

Eden said...

Thank you so much for the recipe! u know I'll be trying it! Ever had blue corn tamales? they are so damn good! You are too funny, I would be the "perrywinkle" color. I just like the name, LOL.

Shannon said...

i need to get some blue cornmeal, it makes it so much more fun :)

Nichole said...

Cornbread and chili, a dinner of a southern champion. Sounds perfect this time of year!

Remember the flesh colored Crayons?! Well I would be something ridiculous like Magenta:)

Kelly said...

I love it when my food is colorful...makes for the best photographs! If I were a color, it would be kelly green, which is ironically my favorite color. :)

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

Oh I love Kelly Green too! I thought you were a RED girl?

Kelsey said...

im the same way, i cant do plain uncolorful food..i have a phobia of plain foods!!! usually its some type of vegetable being added to liven things up!! <3

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

BLUE CORNBREAD ???? i love it!!!!!

Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said...

I'd totally be red! I'm spicy ya know! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Oh coooool blue food! I LOVE when my food is colorful :) Hahah, it boosts my mood!!

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Joslyn said...

Wow blue cornbread?! How cool! I def cook for color. If my whole plate is beige, I know I'm in trouble;)

Melissa said...

Love the blue cornbread, so unique!!

I'd be Purple Mountain Majesty haha, just because I like the name :) said...

There are simply not enough blue foods or foods that utilize blue corn meal. Love your blog by the way.

Christin L. said...

I love fun food colors... purple cauliflower is of my favorites! This cornbread looks delicious and fun to eat! said...

There are simply not enough blue foods or foods that utilize blue corn meal. Love your blog by the way.