Chocolate Swirl Meringues

One of my oldest friends  called me the other day to talk about meringues.  He was experimenting with adding freeze dried fruit to meringues.  It so happened that I was attempting to do a final test on my chocolate swirl meringue recipe.  Meringues were meant to be.

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…

Wine Poached Vegetables served with Romesco Sauce

We begin the third season of the Illuminati Ball this weekend!  If you have not already attended, you can find information here.  We only have three shows this year, so if you want to come buy a ticket now!  Here are some photos from last season, taken by the marvelous Mark Shelby Perry… For this…

Creamy Passionfruit Mango Parfait (vegan)

Oh how I adore Passionfruit.  I have recently discovered a very good source for passionfruit puree, which is helping me to get over my deep and abiding regret about not eating more fresh passionfruit when I lived in Hawaii (See my post post on Regret and Coconut Passionfruit Chia Seed Pudding).  It’s called Perfect Puree…

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…

Zingy Ginger Pumpkin Spread

This is not your typical pumpkin concoction.  It has that marvelous velvety pumpkin texture but other than that it’s totally unexpected.  It’s not sweet and homey.  It’s tangy, full of heat from fresh ginger and Aleppo pepper and it has a hint of earthiness from toasted cumin.  This pumpkin spread is racy.I created this pumpkin…

Spiced Plum and Chocolate Cashew Cream Parfait (Vegan)

This is the autumn dessert for The Illuminati Ball.  Creamy chocolate cashew cream is layered with spiced red wine plum jam and topped with toasted almonds.  If you are interested in reading about the entire eight course vegan tasting menu and seeing pictures of this sumptuous event follow this link!  If you want the recipe, scroll down!…