Chickpea Battered Cod with Crispy Potatoes & Carrot Chutney

There are three recipes here- Pan Fried Chickpea Battered Fish with Indian Spices, Crispy Baked Potato Wedges and a Sweet and Hot Carrot Chutney. They are each excellent and worth making on their own if you don’t want to put it all together the same way I did.

Rosemary Walnut Financier & Pisces Gift Guide

An extensive Pisces gift guide and a recipe for a good Pisces birthday cake. This is the kind of cake a squirel might make for their rabbit friend in their very cozy winter burrow. It is not too sweet and tastes like nuts and evergreen needles. This cake tastes better the next day and even better after two days. So, it is a good cake for a pisces who is not celebrating socially but who cannot eat an entire cake by herself in one day.

Vegan Caviar & Shiso Appetizer

I am so proud of how this looks and tastes. It features a very delicious black vegan caviar and shiso leaf. It would be a very special dish to serve for a romantic dinner or small fancy dinner party. I’ve also included variations that are simpler to plate.

Kimchi Grilled Cheese (with Hot Borscht)

It is really astonishing how often I eat kimchi grilled cheese with hot borscht in the winter. It is comforting, filling and deeply nourishing. The kimchi grilled cheese is fatty and salty. The borscht is tangy and a bit sweet. It’s just a perfect combo.


Next up in the project of posting simple things that I cook often, is my version of Puttanesca Sauce. Puttanesca sauce is a tomato sauce for pasta flavored with whatever umami bombs you might have in your pantry. So, traditionally that would be anchovies, capers, olives, garlic and chilis. I do not keep olives on hand, so my version does not have olives. My version has fish sauce becasue I make a lot of Asian food.

Creamy Dill and Leek Scramble

Next up on my project of posting all of the simple food that I make….creamy dill and leek scramble. This is a special way of making eggs that makes a quick creamy scramble.

Confit Carrots

This is a useful recipe to make carrots into something that you can serve as part of a fancy menu or just have on hand for quick meals and snacks.

Blood Orange Broken Heart Tarts (gluten-free)

These tarts are nothing but trouble, but they are delicious.    In the process of testing and making these tarts I made them three times and they never behaved the same way twice.   I feel that I should warn you that these tarts are stunning and delicious but also volatile and unpredictable.  They are best…

Pomegranate Tart with Pink Peppercorns (gluten-free)

These tarts feature a rich, tangy pomegranate curd set in a buttery gluten free crust and topped with little bursts of texture and heat from pink peppercorns.   I made them for the Muses Valentine’s event in 2020, which feels like a million years ago.

French Toast with Caramelized Figs

Happy New Year! My husband made french toast for dessert on Christmas this year and it was so good that we decided to have it again for breakfast on New Years Day.