I had made a paella-like dish for my sister on Wednesday night, not wanting anything remotely close to turkey. I had leftover mussels, clams, clam juice and a nice piece of cod in the freezer. Perfecto! I would make seafood chowder for dinner!
Rummaging in my vege bin, I found white and purple carrots and a half an onion. In my root cellar aka the guest room closet, I found potatoes and garlic. All set. I set about dicing and chopping and threw it all in a pan with the broth and then snuck in some knitting while it all simmered. Once the vege was tender, I tossed in the cod and shellfish and stood in wonder as it turned blue. Wow. Obviously, the purple carrots had worked their magic. I added a little milk and it turned a lovely shade of blue-lilac.
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While I thoroughly enjoyed both the flavor and color, I was also glad I didn't have company for dinner.
This also brought back a memory of fixing dinner for my parents when I was a twenty-something. I wanted to create an elegant and memorable meal, so I made Cornish hens stuffed with rice, sultanas and pistachios. Unfortunately, I used the red pistachios and the subsequent stuffing was a lovely but shocking shade of pink. My mother was quite gracious about it....