Need a last-minute dish to bring to your family's Thanksgiving meal? Hosting a Friendsgiving later this weekend? Want to bring something that will freak out your family members and delight your friends? Here are a few of my favorite recipes for foods as black as my cold, dead heart.
Black lemonade has been making rounds around the internet as both a gothic curiosity and a health food craze. Black lemonade recipes, such as this one from Instructables
, involve using activated charcoal capsules to give the drink its distinctive hue. The drink has been lauded as a hangover cure and a detox miracle, but mostly we just like the color.
DISCLAIMER: Be careful when consuming activated charcoal, as its absorptive qualities may cause it to interfere with medication—including birth control pills. Make sure to wait a few hours between taking any medication and having this drink. I'm no medical expert, so you may want to check with your doctor.
Black Rice Sushi
Sushi works great as either an appetizer or a main course and is as fun to make as it is to eat! You can add a gothic flair to your sushi by using black rice instead of the traditional white—not to mention, it adds more fiber and protein. You can find black rice at Walmart, Whole Foods, or Chinese markets. Then just grab some seaweed and fill your sushi with whatever seafood and vegetables you want. Personally, I like this vegetarian recipe from Maria Marlowe
Squid Ink Pasta
This traditional Italian dish is the perfect main course for a gothic meal. Sometimes you can find pasta already dyed black with squid ink in grocery stores or even in walmart. But if you have access to an Italian, Spanish, or Japanese market, you may be able to buy a jar of the ink itself, or even an ink-containing squid! If you're feeling adventurous and want to try dyeing some pasta yourself, here's a recipe
for squid ink pasta with tomatoes and anchovies.
Black Licorice Cupcakes
Chocolate cupcakes are perfectly fine and can be given a nice gothic twist with some black or red icing—but if you've got a little more time on your hands and want to experiment with something new, check out this recipe
for black licorice cupcakes with lavender coconut cream. These cupcakes are seriously dark and make a stark contrast with the white icing. Apart from being both pretty and delicious, licorice also has some surprising health benefits—including aiding digestion and boosting your immune system. Who says dessert can't be good for you? This particular recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and has no refined sugar. It does, however, have a small amount of activated charcoal, so see the disclaimer above.
Written By: TheGothicLibrarian