Membrillo and Cashew Cream Parfait with Caramelized Rosemary Almonds

I created this parfait for the dessert course of The Garden of Alchemy Dinner hosted by The Muses in late October. I decided to use membrillo because my godson and his mother gave me quinces that they had picked in upstate New York. Turning quinces into membrillo feels akin to turning lead or straw into gold. You start with hard, lumpy green fruit with a tart taste and grainy texture and end up with a delicately floral sweet confection of an impossible ruby hue. It felt very appropriate to our alchemical theme!

Apple Lemon Almond Tart (gluten-free)

Happy Boxing day!  I encourage you to make a tart for yourself.  It’s been a hard year and you deserve a sweet treat.   I made this tart to satisfy a personal craving that I was having for European style apple turnovers.  I’m not talking about the weirdly puffy danishes doused with icing that appear in…

Potato and Fried Almond Soup

This simple, Andalusian style Potato soup has been a standard in my kitchen for many winters.  Is is one of the three most simple and deeply satisfying soups I’ve ever eaten.  The other two are Caldo Verde, the Portuguese concoction of kale, potatoes, sausage and water that magically makes perfect soup and Stracciatella a perfect combination of eggs, greens,…

Cranberry, Almond, Ginger Tart (gluten-free)

My plan was to make this tart to bring to every holiday party I went to this year. It’s a beautiful tart, all shiny and red and studded with candied ginger.  The jam filling packs a punch between the tartness of the cranberries and the spice of the ginger, but there is just a thin…

Boxing Day Almond Spice Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Happy Boxing Day!  There are some conflicting ideas out there about what Boxing Day is, what the name means, and why it is a holiday.  My mum says that December 26th was the de facto Christmas for all of the people who had to work on Christmas Day.  For example, all of the servants who…

Cauliflower Almond Turmeric Soup

In the summer, I was contacted by an editor at The Guardian who wanted to use my recipe for Sticky Boozy Chocolate Plum Pudding Cake in their 10 Best Plum Recipes article.  I was very, very excited.  It took a couple of months for the article to come out, and while I was waiting I’ll…

Anise Shortbread with Chocolate, Figs and Almonds (Gluten-Free)

This cookie is a container for some of my favourite flavour combinations.   Chocolate and figs (Fresh Fig and Chocolate Tart).  Fig and Almond (Marzipan Cake with Baked Figs).  Anise and Almond (Almond Fennel Cake).   I tried these flavours in an oatmeal cookie (the oats interfered with the specific tastes that I was craving) and…

Almond Fennel Cake (Gluten-Free or Not)

Imagine that you are at Coney Island, or the Jersey Shore, or the county fair, or a street carnival that the local Catholic church throws to celebrate their Saint’s day.  You can smell fennel sausage on the grill, but you are looking at the funnel cakes.  You are imagining how delicious the pile of  fried…