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“Color wakes us up. Gets the juices flowing.”
Color encompasses so much of our lives, that the more color we use, the more vibrant our lives become. We spoke to chef, actor, writer and all-around creative person, Glory Simon, about how she uses color in her life.
“Color is everything with cooking, whether it’s in the actual food ingredients, the presentation, or the dishes the food is being served on. We all know to eat our green vegetables, but all vegetables with vibrant colors are packed with nutrients.”
“For the past year, I’ve been rather obsessed with purple food. Purple is such a brightening color and it’s amazing to see how many foods exist in nature that are purple: purple carrots, cabbage, kale, chard, radishes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower etc etc etc. It’s also helpful when someone is on a restrictive diet to see lots of color on their plate.”
But if the food is good, does it really matter?
“The eye connects to the brain and to the salivary glands and prepares us for the meal. Color wakes us up. Gets the juices flowing. Creates excitement and drama.”
“I am always more excited by a meal that is painted with a rainbow of colors and it doesn’t have to be complicated or some sort of New American Molecular Gastronomy. It could just be chopping fresh basil on to your chicken or a slice of watermelon radish.”
A FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN = DELICIOUS FOOD
For Glory, who spends a lot time in the kitchen, her preference is for a kitchen that tends towards high-functionality.
“So many kitchens are not very functional. I like lots of white and steel where all the appliances are on one wall with maybe a large Island with lots of storage and perhaps even a small sink.”
In addition to the colorful foods she uses, she might bring color into the kitchen with accents like flowers, or pretty cookware.
COLOR AS METAPHOR
Whether you prefer simple food and a colorful kitchen, or a simple kitchen with colorful food (or both!), color has the ability to transcend the material to bring added dimension, diversity and beauty to our lives. Just how colorful we want our lives to be, is up to us. For Glory, her aspirations are full of “color”.
With clients, her aspirations are clear.
“My first thought is always that I want to make them happy. I want them to feel good and things to taste incredible. Satisfied, happy, healthy customers with a touch of decadence here and there. My clients are often shocked that healthy creations can taste so good!
Modwalls readers get a 10% discount off of Glory Simon’s private chef services such as menu planning, recipes, consultations and more. You can follow Glory @storyglory, see pix on at Riseshineglory or read her blog. Contact her at email@example.com.
How do you live with color? Tell us!