I tell you it's tasty soup (Cabbage and Barley Soup from More with Less), but I made the mistake of using purple cabbage. At first the soup was a light lavender, but then it turned an odd shade of grey.
The former cabbage, barley, and carrots became unidentifiable things floating in sludge. Isn't that what storybook orphans were fed?
Lesson learned: we eat with our eyes.
Second lesson learned: use purple cabbage in raw preparations only.