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…

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…

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…

karelian pies: vegan, two ways

  Unless you are Finnish, you are probably asking, “what is a Karelian Pie?” I never knew until I went there and had them for breakfast multiple times. Eaten warm, and slathered with not-so-vegan egg butter, these savory rye and rice pastries are so good. In Finland, I saw them in one format: plain. Which…

fabulous finland

We have had such a lovely time in Finland. The entire two weeks were spent enjoying the best food, drink, scenery, company & conversation. We camped. We rode bikes in the archipelago between Finland and Sweden. When my leg began to hurt, we were rescued by a wonderful couple who are destined to become longtime…

midsummer magic

Greetings from eastern Finland, where we have been blissfully spending the past few days experiencing what it is to be Finnish at its best: sweating in a traditional sauna, swimming in a pristine lake halfway over the Russian border, eating tender, new potatoes fresh from the earth and decadent black forest cake made with fresh…

poha deluxe

Hi there…how are you? Me, I’m great. Have been forgoing the joy of blogging about food and am starting to realize the error in my ways. I eat amazing vegetarian food every single day here in India. One of my ‘justifications’ is that millions of others do too, and there are about a bajillion Indian…

fingerling potato salad, turkish style

  Today, I had a lovely, relaxing day. I accidentally stumbled into the Goleta farmer’s market this morning, on our last day here on this visit. In addition to some stellar stone fruits and strawberries, I picked up a couple pounds of fingerling potatoes, dreaming of a bright, flavorful Turkish style potato salad featuring olive…