I am completely blown away by the skill of the amazing Linda Miller Nicholson, a mum from Seattle who dyes her own pasta with natural colours creating edible works of art. I think these would make amazing presents if you were able to get the hand of them, plus the ingredients aren’t expensive so what have you go to lose.
This love affair with colourful pasta started as a way to get her son to eat more vegetables and each of the 30-odd different colors of dough that Linda makes is 100% natural. The ingredients she uses to colour the dough includes; purple from blueberries, green from matcha tea, orange from harissa, fuchsia from beets, deep brown from raw cacao, yellow from Goji berries, pale green from parsley and black from activated charcoal powder.
She had to adapt the traditional egg pasta recipe to achieve some of the colours. For example the butterfly pea flowers used to make blue pasta would be altered by the addition of yellow eggs so she makes an eggless dough to create the ravioli you see above. Linda also makes the patterns by laminating sheets of pasta on top of one another and feeding it through the pasta maker again.
She also has a cookbook deal with Harper Collins, and a weekly Facebook Live show for the Food Network.
Nourishing Joy also has a very helpful blog post on using natural food dyes in baking if you’d like to start experimenting.