Blackberry Beet Borscht

I know! I know!  Enough with the blackberry recipes.   This is the last one, since we are now back in NYC.  In addition to eating a lot of blackberries while on Gabriola, we ate a good amount of locally grown vegetables.  There are quite a few small farms on the island that sell at…

Stracciatella with Ramps and Nettles (to cure seasonal allergies)

I am not the most dependable food blogger.  I try to post recipes that might be useful for upcoming holidays and whatnot, but I succeed only half the time.  However, every year I do manage to post a recipe to sooth, defeat or cure seasonal allergies.  Seasonal Allergies are cruel.  The weather finally becomes bearable, and your…

Kabocha Pumpkin and Chestnut Soup with Chorizo

For the last 12 years , I have had an on again off again job, for just one day a week,  in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan.  I don’t actually work in Manhattan much, except when I am performing in a show.  My everyday teaching work is overwhelmingly based in Brooklyn, Queens and occasionally…

Chilled Avocado Soup/ Last Minute Cold Soup Roundup

The weather has been a weirdly beautiful this  August in NYC.  We only had a few weeks of unbearable heat and humidity (back in July).  August has been sunny and not too hot and only occasionally a little bit muggy.   It has not been the kind of weather that demands cold soup    I…

Watercress and Buttermilk Vichyssoise

I am rediscovering my love of watercress.  It was my favourite green vegetable in my college years.  Every week I would make one of my three watercress dishes. 1. Pasta with watercress arugola and goat cheese 2. Tomato soup with watercress 3. Watercress and arugula salad with sun dried tomatoes and marinated artichoke hearts.  I…

Pumpkin Walnut Soup

I have been very attracted lately to soup recipes that are made rich by the addition of nuts rather than cream.  Last winter I made two soups that were enriched with cashew cream (curried broccoli soup and cream of mushroom soup).  I have plans to try a hazelnut mushroom soup and potato almond soup in…

Creamed Parsnip and Apple Soup with Mushroom Dill Garnish

I am a lover of parsnips.  They are sweet and have a lovely smooth texture when cooked.   I just learned that they have similar nutritional value to potatoes but do not require very good soil.  They are a humble, overlooked, industrious vegetable. This soothing, fortifying soup is simple to make and really captures the…

Salmorejo- Andalusian Gazpacho (gluten-free or not)

A few years back, I travelled to Seville, Spain with my friend and artistic collaborator Rima Fand.  We were doing research for a puppet/music piece that we made together.  We will be performing that piece again Febuary 13- March 3, and it has been making me think about our research trip.  I took a crazy…

Cold Raspberry and Beet Borscht

I make this soup every five years or so.  Every time I make it, I am hit with a little bit of anxiety about half way through.  I have the following little conversation with myself … Me: Is this really going to taste good? Me: I remember it tasting good last time. Me: But this…