We eat with our eyes before we eat with our mouth. That is why a beautiful plate of colors is more appealing than a plate of brown or cream. The colors stark the excitement of hunger and the initial steps of eating begin, salivation. Even though a spectrum of colors on our plate is both beautiful and delicious, different colors mean different things to us.
Even though humans have evolved and we aren't cave men, we still have many biological aspects ingrained in our DNA. What do these colors mean in food really mean to us?
Well here go....
Red means energy. We see a beautiful strawberry in the forest and that means sweet, sugar, and energy. Also psychologically we are effected by colors. So red means enthusiasm, something exciting, I guess you can say fun. This bold color catches our eyes so if we see something red we are instantly attracted to it because of its color and this means we are automatically interested in it if it is food.
Orange is similar to red in that it brings on the feeling of energy but also warmth. When we see orange foods it usually elicites a response in the body of "gusto" or yummy/deliciousness. Think about a pumpkin and how scrumptious and inviting it looks to roast and eat it, or make pumpkin pie with it.
Yellow foods usually bring on the feeling of excitement. This bright color is fun and foods this color. When we see yellow foods these emotions begin to arise in us.
Green foods we associate with health and wellness. In the wild we know that green foods usually mean they can be consumed without risk. They are plants with rich vitamins and minerals.
Blue foods... well actually there are no foods in nature that are actually blue. Not even a blueberry, it is actually violet. Blue/violet foods and surroundings are an appetite suppressant. It does that opposite of red foods it turns our hunger down or off.
Yields 4 small servings
1/4 of Dufour Puff Pastry (I purchase mine at Whole Foods)
3/4-1 cup red, orange/yellow cherry tomatoes - halved
Salt + Pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. To defrost the puff pastry place it in the fridge the night before.
3. Place the puff pastry on the lined baking sheet. Fold in 1/8-1/4 of the edges.
4. Place the tomatoes cut side up layer from red to orange to yellow. Season with some salt and pepper.
5. Bake in the oven for 23-26 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden. Once cooked remove it from the oven to cool for 10 minutes.
6. Garnish with the basil and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Serve and enjoy!