Two Green Chutneys- Mint Coconut/ Cilantro Peanut

You buy a bunch of mint or cilantro for a recipe.  The recipe uses a few sprigs out of the bunch.  The rest wilts in your fridge.  Next time, you skip the fresh herbs and the dish does not taste as good.  Grrrrrrrrr. There are a lot of ways to preserve fresh herbs so that…

Passionfruit Raspberry Tart (vegan and gluten-free)

Today is my birthday! It’s never a good day for a birthday.  There is often a blizzard, or flu epidemic or bad deadline in mid march.  This year there’s a pandemic.   Happy birthday to me!  If it were ever a good day for having a birthday party, I might make this my requested birthday tart. I…

Marinated White Beans in Radicchio Cups

I have been eating this salad a lot lately.    It’s the  pleasing texture and flavor contrasts that are holding my attention –  bitter, crunchy radicchio and tangy,  soft white beans.  Also, it’s very easy to make.

Love Spells in the Form of Tarts and Other Tasties

Hello!  I know it’s been a while.  I’ve cooked many delicious things in the last year, but have not felt inspired (or had the time) to document.  Inspiration finally came recently when the brilliant and beautiful Syrie Moskowitz asked me to make the tarts and treats for an event that she her fellow Muses were…

Pickled Red Cabbage

Yesterday was the last pickup for our Farmshare until the Spring. I was thrilled to receive more red cabbage. My body loves this delicious stuff. My fellow CSA members seemed less excited. We got red cabbage last time and most people probably still had some at home. I got one extra head from the swap…

Making Patra in a North American Kitchen

Last November, I taught a series of gluten-free cooking classes to children with celiac’s disease.  The class was generously hosted in the beautiful kitchen of one of student’s parents.  These parents were amazing cooks themselves, but had realized that their daughter did not want to learn to cook from them, so they brought me in….

A Luscious Autumn Fertility Cake for Sxip and Coco’s Wedding- Hazelnut Brown Butter Financier with Pomegranate Curd, White Chocolate Icing, Fresh Figs, Pomegranates and Honeycomb (Gluten-Free)

This time last year, I was developing a wedding cake recipe for my dear friends Sxip and Coco.  They were married in a forest surrounded by love, golden leaves, and a brass band.  It was a  joyous alchemical joining of two forces of nature. I was excited to make a wedding cake that was bold,…

Corn and Seafood Chowder (Dairy-Free)

Last summer,  I created this chowder recipe specifically for my mother, who is allergic to dairy.  It uses cashew cream.   Of course, now my mother has developed a cashew allergy.  Honestly, I’m giving up.    The good news is that I truly prefer the cashew cream here to real cream, and people other than…

Spicy Corn Pudding

I endeavor to perfect my corn pudding recipe every few years.  The quest began when I first moved to Brooklyn in the 90s.  Back then, there was only one fancy restaurant in my immediate neighborhood.  It was called The New Prospect Cafe and it was on Flatbush Avenue, across the street from where the Jamaican Patty…

The Bloody Ceasar/ Sunsets on Gabriola Island

Two summers ago,  I finally gathered my courage and tried a Bloody Ceasar.  I am Canadian and The Bloody Ceasar is arguably the most Canadian of cocktails.  It is ubiquitous in Canada, but I’ve never seen it offered on a menu in the USA (and I’ve lived in the United States for over 30 years)….