Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What Not To Do With A Purple Carrot

 Yesterday I pulled out my recipe and started making a batch of one of our favorite soups . . . Chicken Soup with Dumplings.


Everybody loves it so I thought I'd make a double batch. 

Chopped up the onions, celery, and carrots to get them ready to saute in the melted butter.

Some of you may remember me mentioning I grew two new (to me) varieties of heirloom purple carrots this past gardening season.  I've served them chopped and grated in salads and they've inevitably been mistaken for raw beets.  This should have been a warning to me.  Shoulda', but wasn't.  Dumb, dumb, dumb.

I put a couple of regular Scarlet Nantes carrots in my soup fixings and a couple of the purple ones.


Can you guess what happened?  Yep, the purple carrots "bled" just the same as beets do when cooked.  This did baaaad things to my should-have-been beautiful chicken soup made with rich, golden turkey broth and deep yellow dumplings.


The chunks of chicken in the soup turned an unappetizing gray along with the dumplings and . . . well, virtually everything else.

The eager eaters around my table were very kind.  They said the soup tasted just as good as always.  Bah.

Lesson learned:  The appearance of food plays a big part in its perceived flavor.  Also, don't cook with purple carrots unless you're striving for an unusual, and perhaps startling, appearance.

Hey, don't fault me for this.  I've only been cooking for 50+ years.  I evidently have a lot to learn yet.

33 comments:

Sue said...

OMG-that is the most un-appetizing thing I've seen in awhile. I'm sure it was tasty, but gosh, I don't know if I could it eat. Sorry.

And funny timing as I was just checking out a neat new (to me) catalog and they had some cauliflower that turns brilliant fushia when cooked. Um. I dont know if I could eat that either. Cauliflower is white, ya know?
And fushia SOUP? Again, not sure on that.
Guess I pass.............
(but wow, was it beautiful!)

Michelle said...

Thanks for the morning giggle!

Sandy said...

Mama Pea,

You've been cooking for 50+ years but you haven't been using the purple colored carrots when cooking. So no worries, if everyone's hungry they'll eat :-)

Mama Pea said...

Sue - And I can assure you, it looked worse in person! If the purple carrot was going to bleed, wouldn't ya think it would have just tinted the soup a nice rosy red? Oh nooooo, we had to go yucky-blucky dark gray!

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - You're welcome. I cook to please! ;o}

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - You are, again, so sweet to try to bail me out of my latest faux pas! (We did eat more of it today for lunch . . . only a small serving yet to get rid of. I mean eat.)

DFW said...

Even the pretty bowl couldn't cover up the ughness. It took 50 years to learn this, at least you've proven that you can always learn something new.

Mama Pea said...

DFW - That fact that you can always learn something new usually results in a bit more satisfaction than this learning experience did! ;o}

Vera said...

I am not sure I could eat a purple carrot, so will probably not grow them! I can't eat tomatoes that are not red and round either!

Ruth Dixon said...

Good thing to be aware of... I do like eating my purple potatoes though. I love Chicken and Dumplings.

Rain said...

Oh Mama Pea...I think it looks delicious, but then I'm a huge fan of Coq Au Vin...the red wine turns the chicken a greyish colour too and the carrots turn purple. Couldn't be yummier! But I understand what you mean. When you cook something with the expectation of how it's going to look...then it doesn't, it could affect your perception of the dish, and of course your enjoyment of it. I've noticed that when I bake garlic slices in certain dishes, they turn green and my bf is always iffy about eating them. They still taste yummy but weirdly turn that colour!

Mama Pea said...

Vera - I'll admit I've never been a fan of other than red tomatoes either. Those "black" or streaky orange/yellow ones have never appealed to me. (We must not be very adventuresome.)

Mama Pea said...

Ruth - Hubby was recently reading that the purple or blue potatoes have some good stuff in them that other taters don't. But are they gray when cooked?

Mama Pea said...

Rain - Just goes to prove that it's all in our perception of how we "think" something should look! Then there are those folks who won't eat ANYTHING green. I've never understood that one. :o}

Laurie said...

Lol!!! You crack me up. Still, I'm sure it tasted delicious.

Laurie said...

Oh yeah, love your header picture!

Leigh said...

I just saw some purple carrots in a seed catalog and thought, Hmmm, should I?" Maybe not! Probably best for carrot and raisin salad. Great post!

Kristina said...

Ha! I would have never thought they would bleed. Thanks for the heads up on this.

gld said...

Ha, ha! We never get too old to learn or to make mistakes. I made biscuits a while ago and they were less than fluffy....don
't know what I did wrong.

The color depends on the food. Mom used to make a delicious and appealing cobbler using canned purple plums that were that color and I loved them. That is one of her foods that I have never made....need to look for the plums.

SmartAlex said...

Oh THAT's funny.
It sort of reminds me of the time I made goulash with green-when-ripe tomatoes.

Susan said...

I don't care what color it is - it sounds delicious! I once made a rice and pistachio stuffing for Cornish hens and used the pink-shelled nuts. Needless to say, it was a colorful dinner....

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - Of course, it could have just been the year last season, but we have found both of the heirloom purple carrot varieties I tried to be a titch on the tasteless side. Not much of a carrot flavor. I have left over seeds so I'll probably plant those once more this year to see if we get a better outcome.

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - I doubt I'll ever make a mistake like that with them again!

Mama Pea said...

Glenda - Back in Illinois we had a prolific plum tree, I would can them in a light syrup and use them in a cobbler I made, but I don't remember them turning the dough "plum colored." Maybe it depends on the variety of plums?

Mama Pea said...

SmartAlex - Now that must have been some unusual looking goulash! (If those tomatoes were green when ripe, how the heck could you tell when they were . . . well, ripe?!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Oh, what we "creative" (snort) cooks don't come up with!

Mama Pea said...

Laurie - It did taste good. If you didn't look at it!

The new header picture is by my daughter again. It's another Currier & Ives print she found.

Sandra J Updyke said...

:) Oh well........ I bet it still tasted fine!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

It did look a little scary - but when I scrolled to the photo of the purple soup it ade me laugh out loud - just surprised at the color. And I agree - looks do affect the taste - but now I want some chicken soup - but not with purple carrots please.

Goatldi said...

Nope they aren't gray. I was delighted to find purple potatoes when my grand girls were a bit younger. Bet your gray Chicken and Dumplings would have been a hit at a local preschool or elementary lunch room. Especially with the boys.

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Yes, what can you say but, "Oh, well!" But I do have to admit, whether it illustrates my weak mind or not, the color was off-putting!

Mama Pea said...

JoAnn - Funny thing, I still want some chicken soup. Some how it feels like I didn't get it!

Erin said...

Ha! I bet it was delicious, though! Similar thing happened to me when I was young and new to cocktail mixing - I was so proud of myself, bought fresh mangoes and fruit to mix a blender of daiquiris... but I put dark rum in the blender. Result, delicious, BROWN daiquiris .....! Live and learn :)