mosaic of flowers part 1, ready for installation

I’ve been working REALLY HARD on this for months. I’ve never worked with smalti on this scale before and the learning curve was significant. But I’m ready to deliver this beauty, and get going on the companion piece. You see, this one is just for the men’s bathroom. There is another one for the womens’…

vegan milk, especially for coffee

I’m not totally vegan, although one day I think that I will be. Not going to get into all the details, but I will say that there are culinary obstacles that get in the way. One such obstacle for me was my delicious morning latte. Store bought plant milks do it for me not at…

whole cauliflower tagine

Last year, my mother gifted me a gorgeous Tagine for my birthday. If you’re not familiar with this North African cooking vessel, it is a clay pot with a conical lid that captures steam in the cone, condenses the flavorful liquid and trickles the elixir like juice back down into the dish. It makes for a…

mosaic of flowers

My current commissions are two 5’x5′ mosaics to adorn the men’s and women’s sides of a nice new public bathroom building in Coronado, CA. Here’s a few shots of the work in progress. Shown here is the men’s side, with succulents, a passion flower, and a golden hibiscus. I’m using smalti, which is a very…

bbmac donor wall

Another piece I’ve been working on is a donor wall for the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex in Coronado, CA. This wall is to commemorate the long and short lane donors in the original construction of the pool. I hand carved the tiles out of clay and fired them in the kiln at the high…

jazz hands

I’ve been a busy bee. In the spring of 2016, I was hired Coronado High School to do one more student driven installation with the art classes. We completed our staircase masterpiece, “Jazz Hands” in May of 2016. Have a look at how great it turned out! I just want to say that this was an…

kırmızı mercimek çorbası (red lentil soup)

I love the versatile lentil: the variety, flavor and convenience that these quick cooking pulses offer are all things I approve of. This Turkish soup is my favorite way to prepare red lentils. Velvety smooth like a bisque, I make it with even more vegetables than typically called for.    We ate this soup frequently…

white beans with grilled kale and roasted tomatoes

Happy New Year! A while back, I posted about a kale recipe that I cannot get enough of. Well, here is a great way to incorporate it into an amazing recipe that is loaded with flavor. This recipe takes some time, but is worth it and you should have leftovers. We enjoyed it on New…

irina’s borscht

Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I had the pleasure of spending time with a friend who hails from Russia. When I asked him about delicious vegetarian recipes from his homeland, he mentioned his mother’s borscht. He spoke of its richness and the deep color and said that there are two steps that make hers special….

game changing grilled kale

  I cannot stress enough how much I love this stuff.  Dress it up or eat it straight off the stems with your hands, oil dripping down your chin. I don’t really want to eat kale any other way these days. This recipe’s chewy, smoky, juiciness satisfies me at a very primal level. Plan on…

kelewele bites

photo by kelly bone My current assignment is to come up with creative and attractive African inspired appetizers for an event. The first thing that came to mind was kelewele (pronounced kelly-welly), a dish that I know and love from years living in Ghana, West Africa.  West African plantains are the best I’ve ever had….

vegan mushroom cioppino

Hi, I’m back! I’ve been cheffing and managing for a vegetarian restaurant these past two years, and my musings have been posted elsewhere on the web. Speaking of musings, I am going to keep my future posts short and sweet. I usually scroll right down to the bottom of most food blogs, skipping the novel…