Wednesday, April 21, 2010
One of my pet peeves as a pastry chef has always been when people add mint to a dessert plate, to add "color." Well, brown, the color of many, many pastries is a color, my friends! It comes in about a zillion shades, too. And one of my pastry heroes, Emily Luchetti said it best: "Just because it exists in the universe doesn't mean it belongs on a plate." Another hero and opponent of mint, Pierre Herme says that American pastry chefs suffer from "the malady of the mint leaf." He, too, says that brown is a color, and that garnish on a plate should only reflect what is in the dessert.
In an episode of WeaveCast, Alice Schlein says that she learned that peach is a neutral color. Peach is my favorite color, though most friends would tell you that pink is, and I never thought of it as a neutral. I simply adore it, and it makes me happy.
One thing I didn't mean to find but did this morning in my walk through my yard and neighborhood was how many colors "go" with green. It doesn't seem to clash with anything, as long as it's a flower, bud or seed pod. Mom and I are going on a plant nursery field trip now, and I will be checking everywhere to make sure that's true.