Cardamom Cashew Cream and Rhubarb Rose Parfait (vegan)

This is a blog post about food.  It is definitely not an excuse to post pictures of the stray (available) kitten who lives on the back porch of a friend who had my husband and I over for brunch last weekend.Even if there had been no kitty it would have been a glorious springtime Brooklyn brunch….

Charred Broccolini with Black Forbidden Rice and Sweet, Spicy Lime Sauce

This dish was created for the  Decadent Eight Course Vegan Tasting Menu for The Illuminati Ball (see above photo), but it’s also morphed into a simple and excellent every day lunch salad (see photo below)!  I wanted to replace the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Sweet Sriracha Lime Sauce on the menu for the with a vegetable that was a…

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…

Sautéed and Salted Medjool Dates with Whiskey

At The Illuminati Ball, we serve Medjool Dates sautéed in very good olive oil and sprinkled with Maldone salt as an amuse bouche.  Pairing sweet dates with salt, usually bacon or goat cheese is pretty classic.  I didn’t invent the idea of simply using flakey salt rather than meat or dairy.  I ate this delicious…

Creamy Lime Shots with Dark Chocolate and Ginger (Vegan)

I created this dessert to finish the 8 course vegan tasting menu that I am cooking for The Illuminati Ball.  We will try it out for the first time at the March 12th show.  It has been pretty fabulous having these in my freezer while I’ve been testing the recipe.  The flavors are totally satisfying….

Cardamon Orange Cakes with Coconut Topping (Gluten-Free)

This is the best smelling cake I’ve ever made.  Cardamom is by far my favorite dessert spice.  I know that there are already a ridiculous number of cardamom desserts on this blog, but I just can’t help myself.  I have more cardamom desserts on the way too!  My love is endless. Last fall, I puppeteered with a…

Oil Poached Halibut with Green Fennel Seeds and Dry Apple Cider

Before I went to Gabriola Island this August, I visited my sister in Vancouver.  She lives in a beautiful neighborhood where many elderly Greek people have been lovingly tending to their gardens for thirty or more years.  She also lives near the beach.  We were walking to the beach, admiring all of the gardens and…

Adaptable Slow Roasted Salmon with Citrus, Herbs and Root Vegetables with their Greens (beet, turnip and radish variations) / Farmshare Cooking Weeks 3 and 4

FARMSHARE COOKING WEEK 3 Shell peas, radishes and romaine- Made into salad with Smokey Buttermilk Dressing Baby bok choy, spring onions-  Used in Healthy Ramen with Homemade Rice Noodles Radish tops- Sauteed with spring onions and eaten with eggs Strawberries-  Eaten with gluten-free whole grain cereal for breakfast FARMSHARE COOKING WEEK 4 Shell peas and…