How to Eat a Magical Bird’s Nest

I made this salad for the Air Course of the The Garden of Alchemy Dinner. It would also be a auspicious dish and useful spell to perform for the ringing in of the new year!

Garden of Alchemy Dinner

In late October I had the pleasure of cooking a five course meal for The Garden of Alchemy, created by The Muses, a collective of women who curate stunning and inspiring gatherings and excursions. I was asked to create a menu in which each course was inspired by the alchemical qualities of one of the four elements. The final course was a dessert. I set about imagining and testing dishes that evoked Water, Air, Fire and Earth and used the alchemical properties of that element in their preparation.

Charred Harvest Vegetables with Spicy Romesco Sauce

At the end of October, I cooked at five course dinner for 12 women who attended the Garden of Alchemy event created by The Muses. Each course of the dinner evoked an element (water, air, fire, earth). I will be sharing the entire menu and photos from the event soon! For the fire course, I…

Confit Carrots

This is a useful recipe to make carrots into something that you can serve as part of a fancy menu or just have on hand for quick meals and snacks.

Spinach and Chickpea Curry in Yogurt Sauce

It’s allergy season.  It’s also all the seasons every day.  Everyday I spend part of the day freezing and part of the day sticky and hot….or I spend all day carrying around my entire wardrobe.  It’s also the season of being overcommitted.   I’m working every day from about 8am until 10pm for the next…

Fish Braised in Tomato and Simple Homemade Thai Curry Paste

It’s time to make this dish.  There are so many ripe tomatoes today, but they will be gone before we know it.  Make this dish with all of the tomatoes that you have purchased in a moment of tomato hoarding, or that have arrived in your farmshare.  Make this dish before your tomato stockpile starts…

Kasha and Beet Salad/ Estonian Folktale Dinner

In 2012, I travelled to Estonia with my sister to return our father’s ashes to the island that would have been his home had his family not fled during World War 2.  It was an amazing trip and you can see some photos and read more about the food in Tartu, Tallinn and the islands…

Milk Baked Chicken with Orange Zest, Saffron, Cinnamon and Spanish Paprika

I first heard about the concept of braising meat in milk when I read the book “Cooked” by Micheal Pollan.  The book is divided into elements.  There is a fire chapter (about barbecue), an air chapter (about bread baking and leavening), an earth chapter (about fermentation), and a water chapter (about boiling and braising).  It’s one…

Bento Box- Mochiko Chicken, Rice and Miso Slaw

I spent the second half of my childhood in Hawaii.  There are certain local foods that I will never stop craving.  I’ve figured out how to make a few of them. This Mochicko chicken recipe is pretty classic.  The accompanying miso slaw recipe is my own invention.  It’s more hippy food than local food, but…

A Decadent Eight Course Vegan Tasting Menu for The Illuminati Ball

For the last few months three years, I have been creating and perfecting the menu for the immersive excursion “The Illuminati Ball”  created by artist, protectress of animals and all around bad ass Cynthia Von Buhler.   The Illuminati Ball is a surrealist soirée that includes intricate cocktails, mouth-watering delicacies, inspiring music, devilish dances and esoteric rituals. The…