As I sit here writing this post, it is 7 a.m. on a grey and rainy Monday morning in Brooklyn. It was still dark out up until a few minutes ago so it's safe to say that autumn vibes - the kind that make you want to listen to Radiohead - are in full swing. It's the time of year for our meals to become warmer, heartier, and more soul-satisfyinger. This recipe for stuffed portobellos from Rebecca Ffrench's Whole Protein Vegetarian (Countryman Press, 2016) is the perfect dinner idea for transitioning into fall.Rebecca and I met earlier this year through our work . . .
This sauteed cauliflower recipe is a side dish I've been cooking at home all summer long. It wasn't supposed to be a "blog recipe," but dammit it's good, and it deserves to be immortalized among the interwebs.As I'd just learned after doing a quick Google search, this is a riff of a traditional Italian antipasto dish of steamed cauliflower with tuna, capers, vinegar and olive oil. Mine is a bit different in that the cauliflower is sauteed, which gives it that coveted caramelization, and then steamed in the same skillet, which makes it a little more tender. Bonus . . .
Hey, guys! This week, I am so excited to share with you my first recipe for Mind Body Green. If you're not yet familiar with it, MBG is a popular online destination for all holistic health-related topics, like healthy food, yoga, meditation, etc. Although I'm a half-assed yogi and am far too neurotic to meditate, healthful eating is for sure my jam. I'm super excited to join fellow bloggers like Feed Me Phoebe and Crunchy Radish in being a MBG contributor. *celebratory booty shake*The recipe in question is a riff on the ubiquitous grain bowl. Although the . . .
Growing up in Ukraine, cucumbers and radishes were staple summer vegetables in my life. But when I met fennel - which was, sadly, all too recently - I was like, "Damn, girl. Where you been all my life?"Fennel doesn't typically get a whole lot of play on restaurant menus or in food media and I wonder why. Is its anise flavor off-putting? Are people confused by what to do with its ample stalks and fronds?! What do you think, people? Do you cook with fennel?Fennel's fresh floral taste and crunch is the perfect complement to grilled meats or fatty fish (like salmon), . . .
Have you ever tasted fried capers? If not, prepare your mind and taste buds to be blown by tiny, salty, nutty flavor bombs.Although capers are widely used in Mediterranean cooking, somehow, they never quite get the same spotlight as, say, garlic, olive oil or even stinky little anchovies (no offense, guys). But I would like this post to serve as the official announcement of my caper advocacy. Capers' lemony, briny flavor has the power to brighten and add complexity to many a dish, and at under $2 per jar at any supermarket, why wouldn't you give them a try?Like . . .
Whoever's idea it was to serve boiled broccoli to humans with functioning taste buds deserves to be put in a corner to think about what he did. To ruin such a versatile, nutritious, and yes, delicious food for the masses is nothing short of a crime. Same goes for the guy who served steamed broccoli. Yuck.Just like kale needs to be massaged to be palatable, broccoli needs to be charred. Charring broccoli (cooking it on high heat until blackened around the edges) brings out a bold nuttiness, as well as a smokey umami flavor usually reserved for juicy seared . . .
It is a rare occurrence to come across a truly great salad and this, ladies and gentlemen, is a truly great salad. Here's how it all goes down: you begin by shredding kale and massaging it until softened. Slices of sweet-tart apple go in next, followed by crunchy Parmesan chips (also known as frico), which provide the salad with a strong umami note. A creamy and nutty tahini dressing ties all the elements together to create a highly satisfying, delicious and healthful salad. Trust me - you're gonna want to try this one.Kale-Apple Salad with Parmesan Chips and . . .