Dark Hazelnut Linzertorte with Blackberry Filling (Gluten-free)

I have been visiting my mother on Gabriola Island in British Colombia, Canada.  My dad chose Gabriola as the place he wanted to retire and build a house before he passed away and, a year ago, my husband and I got married here.  My mum comes takes her vacation at the house every August and…

Broiled Eggplant with Miso Honey Glaze

I ate this dish way, way too often in college.  Eggplant is the mainstay food of reluctant vegetarians, because it is really very meaty and absorbs fat and seasoning well.  I have taken a LOOOOOOOONG break and I am happy to report that this eggplant dish is still ridiculously easy to make and delicious even…

Red Pepper Soup

Back in January, at my favourite school, I ran into the science teacher in the hallway.  She had a HUGE box of red peppers.  It was about half empty.  She also had a big mixing bowl of already chopped red peppers.  She had been making chili with her students for science class and was trying…

Blueberry Slump with Hazelnut Ricotta Dumplings (Gluten-Free or not)

Soon I will be going to British Columbia to visit my sister and mother.   I am looking forward to picking blackberries, eating salmon and making this desert for my family.  It makes good use of some very classic BC ingredients.  Both blueberries and hazelnuts both grow happily in the pacific northwest. The dumplings were adapted…

Blueberry Compote, Blueberry Salad Dressing, Blueberry Cocktails….

There are many amazing  foods that define the local cuisine of British Columbia.  It is one of the most bountiful and delicious places in the world….especially if your ideal diet consists of salmon, berries and hazelnuts. Blueberries are abundant and delicious in August. I realize that this post is coming late, but what can I…

Savory Sweet Corn Pudding

When I first moved to Brooklyn there was only one fancy restaurant in my immediate neighborhood.  It was called The New Prospect Cafe and it was on Flatbush, across the street from where the Jamaican Patty place used to be.  With its small seasonal menu, it was a harbinger of Brooklyn’s culinary future.  When I…

Not Too Sweet Blackberry Jam

Because of a wet and cold summer, the blackberries on Gabriola Island were late this year.  We had expected to pick gallons and gallons of them in the weeks leading up to the wedding.  Our plan was to make blackberry jam for our guests and also for the filling of the gluten-free lemon blackberry wedding…

Road Trip Peach and Corn Salsa

We spent most of our camper honeymoon lingering in Utah.  Then we sped through Colorado, Kansas, Missouri (pausing briefly to admire St Louis…GREAT CITY), Illinois and Kentucky to reach Tennessee.  Utah is an astonishingly beautiful place.  The landscape really deserves the adjective AWESOME.  However, Utah does not seem like a place that would be easy to…