I know that black is supposed to be slimming, but when it’s the background, it does rather highlight the plumpness (or indeed plumptiousness) of the garlic, chillies, eggplant and tomatoes that are staples in my kitchen.
Rice paper rolls filled with Asian slaw and peanuts. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Apparently there is scientific evidence that we really do “eat with our eyes first” — which probably explains why so many people enjoy colourful food, nicely presented.
My lunch today was these rice-paper rolls — filled with a mixture of shredded red cabbage, carrots, bean sprouts, spring onion and peanuts along with mint, coriander and basil. They are quick and easy to make (especially when there’s a container of filling already in the fridge), and although I haven’t acquired the knack of wrapping them neatly, they tasted pretty good. Especially with a little bit of hot plum sauce for dipping.