Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Am I blue? Am I blue?

Ain't these tears in my eyes tellin' you?

I love food science. And I love beautifully spicy Indian food. And last evening, while throwing together some basic sustenance, I happened upon a beautiful thing.

When we order from the Indian restaurant up the road, I am drawn to the tandoori selection, the glory of high heat cooking at its finest. One of the items I've had repeatedly is a tangy, turquoise-blue chicken, and I couldn't quite figure that one out.

Until last night.
I have some spicy cilantro chutney that I added to my smoky, citrus and culantro chicken (yes, culantro, not cilantro...), and it turned the red-orange chicken a glorious teal color. The possibilities are now endless.
Plus, it gives me another reason to take on that project I've been itching to start for a few years. Because I'm nerdy that way.


the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

I've always considered forsaking this pharmaceutical life to go into food science.

Bev said...

You're like Clark W. Griswold - "a genius with food additives!"

Damn, now I really really really want some Indian food. Like, now.

Mala said...

You had me at "beautifully spicy Indian food".

Bev, meet me for lunch!

calicobebop said...

I'm sorry but if my chicken turned tourqoise I would shit a brick and throw it out. But I'm very bland when it comes to food choices. I like most things beige.

carissajaded said...

Hmmmm I'm not so sure how I feel when it comes to colorful food. I was pretty open about it, but then I tried purple ketchup and got sick all over the place. But I suppose I would try anything once!

Elliott said...

Mjenks, I've considered forsaking my software support life to go into food science, at least you have less to re-learn.

Bev, if only I could get some of that no-stick spray for my sled runners.

Mala and Bev, I'm jealous you have a place close enough for lunch.

Calico, as long as I make food turn that color, I don't have any problem with it. If it were turquose out of the package, we might have an issue and I'd start shopping somewhere else.

Carissa, ketchup was meant to be red. There was so much food dye in those purple and green ketchups, even mixing them with regular ketchup didn't change their color.

Sarah J. Bradley said...

Elliott, I would only eat blue chicken if you or Tom made it. All other chefs need not turn my chicken rainbow colors! Tom is going to be jealous that you've achieved a blue hue, BTW.

Nej said...

We were invited to a "blue" party once. Coming up with blue foods is a b*tch...wish I'd known about this blue chicken then. :-)

Elliott said...

I made the chicken just with the chutney last night, I think it needs some form of acid, since it stayed green last night but the accident included OJ in the mix.

Anonymous said...

!!!!!!!! Want! One of my favorite things about Indian food is how vibrant the colors can be, but teal is a new one on me. I'm always looking for foods I can eat without fear of staining my favorite teal dress...

Be nice and share!

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