Olive and Pearl's

Baked Fudge Peanut Butter Brownies

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free

I wasn’t sure what to call these, so I shall explain. I began with the thought that I would make some peanut butter brownies. Wait no, thick dense brownies with melted chocolate and a peanut butter layer on top. Oh, and then a hard chocolate shell on top of that. Man. There will be three large hungry men staying in our apartment this weekend and in celebration of my roommate’s birthday, I wanted to make sure the festivities had an accompanying birthday dessert. Cake can be a bit boring and…read more

Peach, Hazelnut, and Mint Summer Salad

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Earlier this week I met the Dalai Lama. It gives me chills just to write that sentence! Fortunately for moi, a friend of mine has a friend who is friends with the holiness himself (thank peas for degrees of separation) and I got to actually shake his hand. Then I got to thinking; in consideration of his lifelong work being that of spreading love and kindness, the physical manifestation of this through hand-holding and embracing, could he be the singular person who has physically touched the most other human beings…read more

Salted Caramel Squares

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

When I was a little chap, I was pretty good at eating all of the healthful meals that our mother put on our plates. She knew the importance of those greens. However, as soon as her back was turned, I would swallow a drumstick sundae cone whole. I had recurring dreams that it was Easter and I had in my possession a football field-sized pastel pink basket full of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. I always woke up sorely disappointed. I was a fiend and I had a problem. Thankfully I…read more

Springy Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Basil Hemp Seed Dressing

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Greens, Lovely as Leftovers, Uncategorized, Vegan

I was afraid that I’d posted too many cauliflower recipes. But then I thought, to heck with it, it’s delicious and I would happily eat cauliflower everyday for the rest of my years! Then I realized I really haven’t posted many recipes with cauliflower in them at all. So here were are, mas coliflor, and my love of it.  There are so many brightly colored crops on display this time of year at the farmer’s market. The beauty of them instigates a battle between what I see and smell, and…read more

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl with Papaya, Seeds, and Dandelion Greens

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Greens, Vegan

Our family likes fun. A lot of it. And since we are only able to get together every once in a while, the fun compacts into a big, loud, clump of love that leaves me saddened by their departure. And with a bit of a hangover. My mother and her brother flew in to Los Angeles for the weekend to see their kids (my cousin and I) and to frolick about in the beautiful weather. We dined out, laid by the pool, cooked, shopped for new books and purses, engaged…read more

Onion Flax Seed Crackers with Basil Guacamole and Za’atar

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Side Dishes, Vegan

It is hard to believe that there was once a time in my life when acquiring and consuming avocados wasn’t a high priority in my life. I spend a good amount of my days thinking about what else I can put an avocado on, the different varieties that exist that I may have not yet tried, and how else I can make this fruit a central part of each meal. I’m not sure where my mind was before, but somewhere along the way a flip was switched and I now…read more

Superseding Super Seed and Nut Banana Pancakes

Posted by in Breakfast, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

See what I did up there? Playing with words is one of my favorite past times. But in all truthfulness, these pancakes really will replace all other notions of what a pancake should be once you make them. And because this is my second post in a row about pancakes, I hope that you will trust my advice and make these tomorrow morning. It is so incredibly cozy and foggy in Los Angeles right now; so cozy that I woke up just in time for lunch and decided to make…read more

Cauliflower Pancakes with Lemon Tahini Sauce

Posted by in Gluten-Free, Lovely as Leftovers, Vegetarian

I feel like I’ve been keeping something from you all, and for that, I am truly sorry. One of my favorite bi-weekly meals is a plate of cauliflower pancakes. I should have shared them long ago! I pack them with whatever herbs I have on hand and top it with a big side of avocado. It isn’t anything all that fancy but all of the fresh, simple ingredients definitely make me feel like I’ve taken a trip to a farm somewhere… perhaps one up in Northern California where they pluck…read more

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Frosting

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Pearlie and I share the same birthday. We are five years apart and in a few days we will be celebrating our 25th and 30th years together, as we have promised always to do. Unless of course, one of us is in jail – something my mom just told me I said when I was about 8 years old. Luckily, neither of us have been to jail yet. When we were much younger and living under the same roof, our parents used to throw these amazing backyard parties with taco…read more

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes – and a Celebration

Posted by in Dessert, Gluten-Free, Vegan

“I closed the deal,” she said. “I negotiated the terms on my own”, she said. And I wouldn’t expect anything less of her. My best friend is one of the most inspiring creatures that could ever grace you with her presence. She has a huge, unwavering capacity for acceptance and understanding. She recognizes the subtle undertones in the emotions and mannerisms of those dear to her and never shies away from offering her heart, ears, and full attention. She is also wickedly bright and sharp and understands how to utilize…read more