La Sobremesa: Where Colors and Cuisine Converge

Colorful food, colorful dishes, colorful tableware, colorful as life itself. All those things that make a beautiful Sobremesa, the wonderful Spanish word for having dinner with friends and family. Good conversations at a lovely table, being together, staying up until just a little too late. That time at the table with friends and family is valuable. Good food is even more tasty in the right company. The longer the Sobremesa, the longer the pleasure lingers. A colorful table and colorful dishes add extra shine.

 Let’s dive into some facts about colors:

  • Men and women really see colors differently…
  • Pink calms your nerves and is therefore often used in therapy for anger management, for example.
  • Blue is the most loved color worldwide…
  • There are people, really, with a color phobia…
  • The combination of yellow and red makes you hungry.

Then you look at the Spanish flag a little differently, right?

Some more facts about colors:

  • Green is the next most popular color in the world after blue.
  • In China, green (jade) is seen as the color of virtue and beauty. It is also the color of love and is associated with Venus.
  • Red is the first color a baby sees.
  • Red has the longest wavelength and is therefore the first color picked up by the eye. It does explain the colors of many toys!

Red plates, on the other hand, disturb the appetite. Blue plates also seem to curb appetite. It may have to do with the fact that blue does not often appear in food. Does it have an association with mold and decay? It’s possible, but eating blue is not attractive. Of course there are blueberries, but to be honest: they are more purple than blue. A few years ago, blue wine was launched on the market with much fanfare. It was not a success. Green ketchup? It was not a success about twenty years ago and disappeared from the store shelves again. But now that we are more conscious about food today and green also stands for natural and healthy, people at Heinz doubt whether a revival could be possible…

People forget things that are in black and white very easily

For this reason, a black and white film or photo is quickly forgotten. Scientists believe that the colors appeal more to the senses and therefore remain in the memory longer.

Yet a black outfit is seen as powerful!

The power suit, the little black dress, the toga in court; black clothing has a powerful and powerful appearance. A black kitchen has a luxurious look, black plates, yes. But black food… apart from Dutch licorice, which not everyone likes, I can’t think of it, or maybe you left your pan on the fire for too long…

To conclude, the recipe for one of my favorite colorful dressings, the Green Goddess. 

Beautiful with salmon tartare, but you can vary it endlessly.


This is what you need:

  • 20 g sugar
  • 10g basil leaves
  • 10g chives
  • 15 g flat-leaf parsley
  • 5 g mint leaves
  • 20 g apple vinegar
  • 90 g mayonnaise
  • 50 g sour cream or yogurt
  • 30 g spring onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 60 g avocado, finely chopped
  • Half a green pepper, finely chopped
  • sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Ice cubes

Start by coarsely chopping the herbs and blending them with the other ingredients. Use a blender or food processor, and add two small ice cubes to achieve a smooth consistency. Strain the emulsion and season with pepper if necessary. Allow it to chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy the dressing.

In the words of the poet James Henry Leigh Hunt, “Colors are the smiles of nature.” As you savor the colorful world of Sobremesa and its delightful culinary nuances, remember that colors not only enhance your dining pleasure but also leave an indelible mark on your memories. So, cherish the time spent with friends and family around the table, and let the hues of Sobremesa paint a beautiful and enduring picture of life’s most cherished moments.

Contact details:

Rada de Moraira, Alicante – Spain


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