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Statement Dining | September 19, 2016 |

Vibrant dining:

Recipes inspired by dramatic colour

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Nature certainly serves us vibrant colour – just picture ruby chard’s lipstick red stems, contrasting with rich emerald leaves or the mottled stripes of a watermelon rind, split open to reveal its black-spotted cerise interior.

Wedgwood’s new Vibrance collection, as the name suggests, is just as dramatic. Mixing contemporary brights with floral design elements re-drawn from the brand’s 250-year archive, it’s a modern, versatile range that even includes a range of home accessories.

Why not celebrate this abundance of colour with a menu that maximises nature’s pallette? Here’s our vibrant inspiration.

Pink

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Image: Tinned Tomatoes

Morticia purple in its roasted self, beetroot’s lighter, magenta hues come out to play in sauces and slices – and when it lends its vivid pink stain to other foods – as in this beetroot, feta and fig salad by ‘the Scottish vegetarian’ Jacqueline Meldrum, who writes under the name of Tinned Tomatoes.

Don’t be put off by her blog title though – Tinned Tomatoes was chosen as a reminder to be more creative. And she’s certainly succeeded. Check it out for plant-based inspiration in forkfuls.

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Vibrance collection’s elegantly striped dinner plate, layered with the pink side plate are bright enough to create your evening’s most eye-catching course.

Orange

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Image: Jill Mead for the Guardian

Autumnal squashes, shaded from pale saffron to deepest tangerine, always lend a warm glow to the table. Jane Baxter’s inspirational recipes in the Guardian offer an array of alternatives to regular squash soup. Add tomatoes, paprika and kidney beans for a hint of Mexico, orange and cardamom for fragrant exoticism or Thai curry paste, lime and coriander for a spiced bowlful.

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The generous proportions of the Vibrance pasta dish will really turn that soup into a hearty meal. Add golden-crusted bread on the orange side plate for sheer autumnal joy.

Blue

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Image: Capture by Lucy

We need little excuse to visit south-west-based photographer Lucy Heath’s stunning blog Capture by Lucy but it was her ombre blueberry cheesecake that drew us in this time. Created for husband Rich’s birthday, we also love that it includes a ‘generous handful of popping candy’ in the base.

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Blue plates are a surprisingly classic choice of tableware and work well as a contrast to most food colours. The Vibrance blue dessert plate will complement a large slab of that cheesecake as part of a stunning table setting.

Yellow

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Image: Poires au Chocolat

We stumbled across this recipe on Emma Gardner’s now-retired/still mouthwatering blog Poires au Chocolat but it’s actually a guest post by Sydney blogger Raspberri Cupcakes. No matter who’s responsible, these mixed berry cakes with lemon cream cheese icing are the very essence of vibrant dining.

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Butter-yellow icing, concealing a pink-drenched, berry-rich cake and topped with the most colourful berries you can find will be the perfect treat on Vibrance’s yellow dessert plate. For a real celebration of colour, mix and match your collection to create a unique table setting.

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