You know, don’t you, what it’s like to want to eat pretty colors? This Fennel, Beet and Citrus Salad from BrooklynSupper.net is literally the prettiest food I’ve ever seen. No geekery there! Just pretty food — Elizabeth Stark is a gifted photographer as well as a gifted cook.
Pretty food has color to it. And color is a sign of nutrients. When a plant is grown in mineral-rich soil, it absorbs those nutrients, and is hardy and far less susceptible to insects and fungus so it doesn’t need pesticides. And it’s got the energy to bust out some serious color.
So, we know we want pretty food. And keeping pretty food ready at hand takes some planning and some work what with managing ripeness for things like avocados and mangos, and wanting to eat the kale while it’s still filled with qi.
Now for the geekery. I was in the midst of this planning when it occurred to me that perhaps by now someone has come along with a program that does what I’ve been wanting for years: recipe database with grocery lists and menu planning. I googled and voila: Paprika iPad app for $3. And it’s the bomb. Really, I would go so far as to say it’s iTunes for your recipes.
It runs clean, lean and beautifully. It does what you want it to do without too much thinking or work. You can click a button to add a recipe from Epicurious or Whole Foods or whatnot, replete with luscious photo and recipe source. Here’s what it looks like: