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….

Christmas Breakfast- Spiced Chia Seed Pudding with Walnuts

Last Christmas I was visiting my mother in Hawaii.  We made this delicious pudding on Christmas Eve so that we could have it for breakfast while we opened our presents.  It is easy, delicious and it won’t spoil your appetite for Christmas dinner.  Please give it a try.  I have been waiting all year to…

On Dreams, Regret and Coconut Passionfruit Chia Seed Pudding

Nearly 10 years ago, I had a very vivid dream that I still often think about.  It was episodic, and each scene was dedicated to one of my friends who, in the distant future of this dream, were being lauded and rewarded for their artistic achievements after years of hard work and dedication.  My composer…

A Curried Lentil Salad from Cousin Gary

A few weeks ago, my favourite cousin Gary came to visit me for a few days.  I love my family, and I have a whole slew of awesome cousins.  So, when I say that Gary is my favourite cousin, know that he has beaten out out a dozen or so other amazing cousins for this…