Frank Sinatra apparently said that orange is a happy colour. So shall we all get into the mood and spread some cheer around by colouring our blogs with at least one "orange" post this February?
And how do we go about doing this?
Well, Harini (better known as the Sunshinemom) of Tongue Ticklers has given me the opportunity to host this edition of her "Food In Colors" event and I have chosen this month's colour to be ORANGE.
Orange is a colour associated with warmth, energy and vibrancy.
Orange coloured foods are rich in antioxidants (these neutralize harmful free radicals in our body) and bioflavanoids (naturally occurring plant pigments).
They also are very good sources of beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene which can be converted to produce Vitamin A. As we all know, Vitamin A is very important for good vision, healthy bones and skin, and a healthy immune function.
Many orange coloured foods contain high levels of Vitamin C and Omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that the beta-carotene in orange coloured vegetables and fruits may contribute to reduced risk for certain types of cancers.
The deeper the orange colour in vegetables and fruits, the more of these nutrients they contain. Vegetables and fruits which celebrate the colour orange include carrots, mangos, citrus fruits, cantaloupe, winter squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, papayas, peaches, apricots, guavas, persimmon.
And here are the rules for this event:
1. Cook and post, between the 1st and 28th of February, any food where the colour orange plays the leading role. The finished dish/ preparation must be orange in colour. Please note yellow is not acceptable.
While the process of cooking does convert many foods into an orange colour, it would be really nice if you could showcase the colour of an orange ingredient in your dish, but this is not compulsory.
2. Your orange preparation could be a juice/ milk shake, an appetizer/ starter, a soup, a salad, the main course, a side dish, the dessert or a snack. It must be vegetarian (eggs are allowed) and raw vegetables are allowed only in soups or salads.
Please do not re-post earlier posts for this event.
3. Please also link your "orange" post to this announcement and Harini's "FIC" page on her blog.
4. If you have cooked something "orange" from a recipe taken from a blog or site, please link to that post/ site by name instead of using a link with "here".
5. Then send me an e-mail at mdk(dot)aparna(at)gmail(dot)com replacing (at) with @ and (dot) with . with the following details:
The name of your blog:
The name of your "orange" preparation:
The link/ url of your post:
A 300 pixel picture of your preparation (optional).
Feel free to use the "Orange" logo on your blog, if you wish. A smaller version is on the right side bar.
Please remember the deadline for "orange" submissions is the midnight of the 28th of February, 2009 (your time).
6. If you do not have a blog and would like to participate, please e-mail me your recipe and a picture, and I will include it in the round-up.
Harini and I are counting on your support, this month too to make this event a success. Let's go paint our blogs ORANGE!