Gluten-Free Cardamom Bread

This is a chewy, yeasted bread.  It’s not sweet, although it is perfumed with cardamom and studded with walnuts, dates and raisins.  It’s best toasted and slathered with salted butter.   I like it for breakfast, tea or with afternoon coffee when my husband is kind enough to make me some (I make terrible coffee).  It…

Cauliflower Roasted with Curry and Cashew Butter

I recently wrote about the foods that I miss from my childhood home, Maui.  I decided not to mention an entire genre of delicious hippy cuisine, served up at potlucks, vegetarian and/ or vegan restaurants and health food store lunch counters.  This food is a gleeful mash up of vegetarian food from all over the…

Roasted Celery and Buttermilk Soup

When I was in my 20s my friends and I had a game that we liked to play with any new person that we met.  We would each list the 10 foods that we would take if we were going to be stuck on a desert island for the rest of our life.    You could…

Lemon Poppy Seed Meringues

I know,  it’s Valentine’s and I am supposed to be posting some sort of gooey chocolate dessert.  The truth is that I am just not always in the mood for chocolate.  Anyway meringues use cooking alchemy to make something special out of common ingredients which I find very romantic on  a symbolic level .  Also,…

Boxing Day Almond Spice Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Happy Boxing Day!  There are some conflicting ideas out there about what Boxing Day is, what the name means, and why it is a holiday.  My mum says that December 26th was the de facto Christmas for all of the people who had to work on Christmas Day.  For example, all of the servants who…

Cauliflower Almond Turmeric Soup

In the summer, I was contacted by an editor at The Guardian who wanted to use my recipe for Sticky Boozy Chocolate Plum Pudding Cake in their 10 Best Plum Recipes article.  I was very, very excited.  It took a couple of months for the article to come out, and while I was waiting I’ll…

Roasted, Spiced Carrots with Tahini Lemon Sauce and Pistachios

In the winter, I am a dedicated eater of various roasted root vegetables served with various sauces (Aloo Chat Inspired Oven Fries and Oven Yam Fries with Miso Gravy).  This kind of food is easy, satisfying, warming, nourishing and delicious.  It’s the kind of food I need to eat after braving the cold weather.  I…

Slow Roasted Salmon with Citrus, Fennel and Green Olives

I fell in love with a photo of this dish that I saw on Pinterest. The photo filled me with an instant and overwhelming salmon craving.  I made it once according to the directions in Bon Appétit .  I usually cook salmon quickly on high heat À la Ieva or Marinated in Spiced Yogurt with Rhubarb Chutney.  This…